Division Recitals and Evening Winners’ Recital



  • Playing times for each participant will be scheduled between 9:00 and 1:30.

  • Participants will receive their playing time after the registration deadline date (November 2nd).

  • Each participant will perform as part of a division recital open to the public.

  • Each participant will receive comment sheets from a highly qualified panel of judges.

  • 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners from each division will be chosen by the judges.

  • Winners of each division will be announced, mid-afternoon in conjunction with our guest artists' presentations and recital. 

  • Honorable Mentions will be awarded at the discretion of the judges.

  • 1st place winners are required to play in the late afternoon Winners' Recital. The 2nd and 3rd place winners will perform as time allows. 

  • Awards will be presented to all the winners at the end of the recital, followed by a congratulatory reception. 

  • The public is invited to attend the Division Recitals and the Winners' Recital. 



The Awards



  • Cash awards (TBD) will be presented to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Winners in Senior and Young Artist Divisions.  The candidate must be present to receive this award. Certificates will be awarded to Honorable Mention recipients. 

  • Ribbons and Medals will be awarded to all participants in the K through Senior Divisions. The presentation of these awards will take place at the end of the Preliminary Round for each division.



General Rules for All Divisions



  • Read carefully the guidelines for the division you are entering.

  • There are no residency requirements for the Connecticut Bach Festival. 

  • Performances that exceed time limit may be stopped at the discretion of the judges 

  • Repeats are encouraged, but are left to the discretion of the performer, considering musical reasons such as ornaments.

  • All repertoire must be performed by memory, except for those playing in the non-competitive Adult Pianist Division. 

  • Performers must supply the judges with one original score. Measure numbers should be clearly marked. Photo-copied music is not acceptable.

  • Participants may not reveal their name or their teacher’s name to the judges.

  • Judges’ decisions are final.

  • Appropriate recital dress is expected, both for the Division Recitals and the Winners’ Recital


Keyboard Divisions



  • Primary Division (Grades K to 3):  3 minutes

  • Elementary Division (Grades 4-6): 5 minutes max

  • Junior Division (Grades 7 to 9): 6 minutes max

  • Senior Division (Grades 10 to 12):  8 minutes max

  • Young Artist (Ages 18-30): 12 minutes max



Keyboard Repertoire Guidelines



  • All repertoire must be from the provided list (below) of works for Clavier by J.S. Bach.

  • Transcriptions are not accepted, unless by J.S. Bach himself.

  • Repertoire from the Anna Magdalena Notebook and Miscellaneous Works list is acceptable in the Primary Division (K to Grade 3) only.

  • More than one work from these collections may be performed. Consult the repertoire list provided below.

  • Multiple pieces may be performed in all divisions, but they must be from the same work or collection as categorized in the provided list of Clavier Works by J.S. Bach. For example: French Suite in E Flat: Allemande, Sarabande, Gigue; Two Part Inventions in C Major and A Minor, etc.

  • All pieces must be identified with an Anhang No. or a BWV No. on the application form.



List of works for Clavier by Johann Sebastian Bach



Grades K – 3 Division & Non- competitive Participants Only



Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook Pieces
Minuets from BWV 822
Three Minuets from W. F. Bach Notebook, BWV 841, 842, 843
Bourree from Suite in E Minor, BWV 996
Minuet in F major, BWV Anh. 113
Minuet in G major, BWV Anh. 116
Polonaise in F major, BWV Anh. 117a
Polonaise in F major, BWV Anh. 117b
Minuet in B-flat major, BWV Anh. 118
Polonaise in G minor, BWV Anh. 119
Minuet in A minor, BWV Anh. 120
Minuet in C minor, BWV Anh. 121
March in D major, BWV Anh. 122
Polonaise in G minor, BWV Anh. 123
March in G major, BWV Anh. 124
Polonaise in G minor, BWV Anh. 125
Musette in D major, BWV Anh. 126
March in E-flat major, BWV Anh. 127

Polonaise in D minor, BWV Anh. 128
Misc. Eligible Works



Elementary/Junior/Senior/Young Artist Divisions



Suite in G Minor, BWV 822
Three Minuets from W. F. Bach Notebook, BWV 841, 842, 843
Bourree from Suite in E Minor, BWV 996
Little Preludes and Fugues
Two-part Inventions
Three-part Inventions
French Suites and Misc. Suites
English Suites
French Overture
Well Tempered Clavier Bk. I
Well Tempered Clavier Bk. II
Toccatas (These can be separated into sections)
Italian Concerto
Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue
Fantasies & Fantasies and Fugues
Aria Variata in Italian Style (a mini Goldberg)
Goldberg Variations
Misc. Fugues

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