Student Event Details

In an effort to make your Convention experience smooth and problem-free, we have compiled a list of answers to frequently asked questions regarding student events at the TMTA Convention. The following information is general information which is applicable to ALL students. For questions pertaining to YOU SPECIFICALLY, please contact your teacher.

Where do I park at the Dallas Hyatt Regency?

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What do I do when I arrive?

The first thing to do when you arrive at the downtown Dallas Hyatt Regency is to head to Convention Registration in Marsalis B (lower level). EVERYONE attending any convention event must have a badge.  Participating students were automatically registered and will have badges ready for them at registration. Attendees who pre-registered for Convention will be able to pick up their badges. Those that did not pre-register will be required to purchase a convention badge. Registration hours are as follows:  
  • Thursday: 7 AM to 5 PM
  • Friday: 7 AM to 6:30 PM
  • Saturday: 7 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Sunday: 7 AM to 2 PM

When and where are my events?

All-Star Festival
  • All-Star Festival schedule
  • Please report to your assigned room (Shawnee Trail A OR Dallas Belt, 3rd floor) a few minutes prior to your assigned performance time.  
  • Unlike in years past, the All-Star Festival will not be held in recital format.  You will play only for a judge and your family, if they choose to enter.
  • Critique sheets and medals will be distributed immediately following each performance in Shawnee Trail B.  
  • If you'd like to warm-up prior to your performance, you may do so on a digital keyboard in Cumberland I (lower level). These pianos are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please limit yourself to 15 minutes if others are waiting.  
  • One original copy of music with numbered measures must be provided for the judge. 
  • Instrumentalists must bring their own music stands. No stands will be provided.
  • Your Ensemble costume is acceptable if you do not have time to change into your typical Sunday-best dress!
Chamber Music Clinic
  • Chamber Music Clinic schedule
  • The Chamber Music Clinic is in Cumberland F (lower level) on Saturday afternoon. 
  • One original copy (full score) of all repertoire being performed must be provided for the clinician. Groups that do not provide an original score will not be permitted to perform. 
  • Students are assigned 15 minute warm-up times in Cumberland H prior to competition times.  
  • Instrumentalists must bring their own music stands. No stands will be provided.
Convention Projects
  • Drop your project off on a table outside of Marsalis B (lower level). Look for the slip with your name. 
  • You may pick up your medal at the information booth in Marsalis B during registration hours.  No medals will be mailed.
  • All projects must be picked up by 3 PM on Sunday or they will be discarded. 
Digital Keyboard Orchestra
  • DKO schedule 
  • Please report to Cumberland A (lower level) at your assigned time.  Sessions will last less than one hour.
Ensembles
  • Ensemble performance and rehearsal schedule
  • Many groups will utilize the Digital Practice Lab in Cumberland H (lower level) for a 15-minute "lab" rehearsal. 
  • All groups have a six-minute dress rehearsal on stage in Reunion Ballroom E (1st floor).
  • Immediately following the dress rehearsal, groups are escorted to the photography area in Marsalis B (lower level) for group and individual photos. 
  • Last, but certainly not least, are the Ensemble Concerts in Reunion Ballroom E (1st floor).  Ensemble Concerts should last approximately one hour, and all are welcome to attend (badge required for entry). Students MUST remain for the entire program. 
June Leondar Chamber Music/Ensemble Contest
  • Leondar Contest schedule
  • The June Leondar Chamber Music/Ensemble Contest is in Cumberland F (lower level).
  • Results will be announced at 12:45 PM.
  • Students are assigned 15 minute warm-up times in Cumberland J prior to competition times.   
  • For additional practice time beyond the assigned warm-up times, there is a piano lab in Cumberland I (lower level) available for contestant use.  Please limit time to 15 minutes if others are waiting. 
  • One original copy (full score) of all repertoire being performed must be provided for the judge. Groups that do not provide an original score will not be permitted to perform. 
  • Instrumentalists must bring their own music stands. No stands will be provided.   
Original Composition Recital
  • The Original Composition Recital is in Pegasus (1st floor) at 8:30 AM on Sunday.
  • If you would like to warm-up prior to the performance, there is a piano lab in Cumberland I (lower level) available for contestant use.  Please limit time to 15 minutes if others are waiting. 
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will perform their compositions and receive their awards, and students who received an Honorable Mention will be recognized and receive a certificate.
  • Award checks not picked up will be mailed. 
Performance Contest
  • Performance Contest schedule
  • Contests take place in Cumberland on the lower level and Reunion and Pegasus on the first floor. 
  • Students are assigned short warm-up times in 3rd floor rooms prior to competition times.   
  • For additional practice time beyond the assigned warm-up times, there is a piano lab in Cumberland I (lower level) available for contestant use.  Please limit time to 15 minutes if others are waiting.
  • Students are not allowed any additional time in the warm-up or contest rooms. Students found using a contest piano outside of their assigned times may be disqualified.
  • Contestants should wear appropriate, formal performance attire.
  • All music must be published and copyrighted. Measures should be numbered at the beginning of each system for the judges.  Names of students, teachers, and any other identifying marks must have been removed from the music. 
  • You may stay and watch the remaining competitors in your room, or you may go to Cumberland G (lower level) at the scheduled announcement time for results. Critique sheets, certificates, and awards will be distributed at this time.  Results will also be posted on the Winners Boards in the Exhibit Hall following announcements. 
  • Winners will perform on recitals on Friday at 3 PM (Piano Solo 7, 8, and 9, Concerto 9/10, Instrumental 7/8 and 9/10, and Vocal 9/10) and 8 PM (everyone else) in Pegasus (lower level). 
  • Plaques and checks not picked up will be mailed. Certificates and critique sheets will not be mailed. 
Pages
  • Sign-Up Sheet
  • Student pages need to report to the Student Affiliate Booth in Marsalis B (lower level) near registration prior to their time(s) of service to check in and get instructions.
Publication and Creative Video Contest Awards Program
  • The Awards Program is in Cumberland J (lower level) at 11:30 AM on Saturday. Students who won their category or earned an "outstanding" rating on their Publication or Video Contest entry will be recognized and receive their award.
  • Publication Books and checks not picked up will be mailed. Certificates will not be mailed.
Senior Awards Reception
  • The Senior Awards Reception will be held at 6 pm on Saturday in the Pegasus Foyer (1st floor). 
  • Senior award winners, their families, and their teachers are invited to this reception. 
  • Recipients of the Whitlock Memorial and Student Affiliate State Participation Awards will be announced, and all winners can pick up their awards.  
  • Award checks and plaques not picked up will be mailed. Certificates will not be mailed.