The Awards



  • Cash awards (TBD) will be presented to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Winners in Senior, Youth, and Young Artist Divisions.

  • Certificates will be awarded to Honorable Mention recipients. 



General Rules for All Divisions



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

  • There are Connecticut residency requirements for the online version of the Connecticut Bach Festival. 

  • Any part of the performance exceeding the time limit may be disregarded at the discretion of the judges.

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

  • Memorization is not required for the online festival. 

  • Judges’ decisions are final.

String Divisions



Includes Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Guitar

  • ​​Non-competitive Division (Grades K to 8): 3 minutes max

  • ​Youth Division (Grades 9 to 12): 5 minutes max

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



String Repertoire Guidelines



  • ​Choose one or more movements of accompanied or unaccompanied Bach appropriate to your instrument.

  • ​Violists may choose from either the Cello Suites or the Violin Sonatas and Partitas.

  • ​Bassists may choose from the Cello Suites (Sterling edition, for example).


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