Frequently Asked Questions
Last updated: 1/23/2019 by PAFEAdmin
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I can't remember my sign-in name or my password, what do I do?
Use your parent's email or if you are 18+, your own email address to login at https://pafe.asapconnected.com, Everyone in your family will login with the parent's email address. The log-in form has a link that says 'Forgot your password?'. Use that link if you need it. You will not sign in to the PAFE website.
What information do I need in order to enroll for the Festival?
Read the Syllabus - Rules & Eligibility 2019. If you do not read the syllabus, you could be disqualified, and that would be awful.
Any teacher who pretends to be the parent of a student for enrollment risks having all of their students disqualified.
Each Registration account must have a complete Profile that includes the following:
- Full name.
- E-mail address.
- Home address with City, State and Zip.
- At least one phone number.
- A birthdate.
After your profile is complete, then you can enroll for the Festival, and you will need:
- The name of the student's school and grade level. Home schooled children must select a grade level appropriate for their age.
- Ensembles must have a name (i.e. "Fooble Trio"), and all members must be listed on the enrollment.
- The name of the student's music teacher.
- The full title (including Opus numbers if any) of the pieces you will perform, and the full name of the composer of each piece. (Only the last name for a composer is not appropriate for the programs.)
Can I pay enrollment fees with a credit or debit card?
Yes. You can pay your invoice with a credit card, which qualifies you to be scheduled into a class.
What happens if I win an award?
After each performer in a class or section has performed, and the adjudicator has shared comments with the group, he or she will complete the forms for the students, then give every performer a Certificate. The adjudication forms are sent to to the Fellowship Hall where a Registrar will enter the First Place, Second Place, and Honorable Mention awards into the web site, and the winners are posted on the board. Award winners must pick up their award certificates at the back table. PAFE does not mail the certificates. We will also try to Tweet an announcement of the winners. Follow us at @PAFEMusic on Twitter.com
First Place winners must go to the table at the back of the Fellowship Hall and fill out a form where they choose which Eastside Artists Concert they want to perform in, and the piece they will play.
After all sections of the class are finished and posted, we will try to send an Email notice to the winners, their parents and if possible, their teachers. We will also try to Tweet the winners of each class. Best of Division and other major awards are kept secret until certificates from each adjudicator and the other awards are presented at the Eastside Artists Concerts.
What do I do if I get scared?
Performing for an audience is a little bit like riding a roller coaster at the fair. It can be a bit scary, but that's part of the fun.
Before you begin, imagine how it felt to perform at rehearsal on a day when the music went really well. Focus on the music, and that will reduce distractions.
What are the dates of the next Festival?
The 2019 Festival adjudications are from April 23 through April 27 at various times between 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM, with the Concerto Playoff Concert at 7:00 PM on April 26th, and the four Eastside Artists Concerts on Saturday May 4th at 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM, and on Sunday May 5th at 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM.
Who is eligible to enter the Festival?
All individuals and ensembles must be in a regular program of music study under the direction of a teacher or director who is a member of the PAFE Teachers Program or joins the program, and must have studied for a minimum of one year.
Anyone living in western Washington or studying with a PAFE teacher in western Washington may participate in the Festival. However, there is a limit to the number of performers we can accept, so those who enroll and pay their fees early are more likely to get into the Festival.
You can perform in the festival even over 50 years old, as long as you are studying with a PAFE teacher. Virtually all teachers work with students your age.
May I make a video of my student's adjudication session?
No. Recording of any kind is not allowed during the adjudications. You can, however, record at one of the Eastside Artists Concerts, but do not disturb other audience members.
What is the enrollment deadline?
Enrollments can be submitted online until about midnight on Monday, March 4, 2019, however when enrollments for a division have reached capacity, all subsequent enrollments will be put on a wait list. All divisions usually close early.
What are the enrollment fees?
For preschool to grade 6: $40.
For grades 7 to 12: $45.
College and adult: $50.
Ensembles of any age: $50.
Teachers in the PAFE Teacher Program: $25 per year.
What about accompanists?
If your performance piece was created with an accompaniment, you must have a live accompanist, and must provide your own accompanist. The Festival provides an accompanist only for the Opera class.
Can I use a recording in place of a live accompanist?
No. If your performance piece was created with an accompaniment, you must use a live accompanist.
When will the student be notified of his or her performance times?
The schedule will be available with your account on our registration site no later than April 9, 2019. No other notice is provided.
Will PAFE also notify the student's teacher and accompanist?
When the enrollment is submitted on the website an e-mail notice is sent to the registrant, and to the parent if the student is a minor. If possible, we will also notify the teacher. It was not possible in the 2018 Festival.
It is the responsibility of the student to communicate with his or her teacher and accompanist about the performance time(s). It is also good practice to confirm the schedule with them again a day or so before the performance, because schedules sometimes change before the Festival begins. The schedule will be available in your account on our registration website at least two weeks before the festival begins.
I am a teacher. Can I see the enrollment information for my students?
We hope to provide more support and involvement with teachers this year, but we honestly don't know what that means yet. Your first step is to join the PAFE Teacher Program (PAFE Teacher Program Instructions).
When I perform in the Festival, must I play my pieces in the order they appear in the schedule?
No, you can play them in any order you wish.
Must each member of an ensemble enroll separately for the ensemble class?
No. One member of the ensemble must enroll the ensemble in the class corresponding to the oldest member of the group, and list the full names of all members and their instruments in the enrollment. The fee for the class includes all members that are listed with the enrollment at no extra charge.