Virtual Festival

For the 2020 season, the PAFE board had to make the very difficult decision to cancel the Festival. For 2021 we want to hold the Festival. However, in order to be sure we can hold it and keep everyone safe, we have decided to hold the festival in a new format: 100% virtually. While we have made many decisions abut how to do this, some details are still being worked out. Please check back here periodically for updates.

As much as possible, the overall structure of the Festival will remain unchanged. The changes we are making are those required to keep everyone 100% safe.

If any other part of our website has different information than presented here, the information on this page takes precedence.



  • Except as listed below, the available classes will be the same as years past.
  • In order to allow us to focus on young performers, there will no longer be any adult classes. This is a change that will remain going forward.
  • Because the PAFE board did not feel it was safe for ensembles to meet, we made the difficult decision to cancel all ensemble classes for this year.
  • All remaining classes will be conducted virtually.
  • Prior to the adjudication period, students will submit links to Youtube videos of their performances.
  • After Easter, the adjudicators will review these performances, provide feedback to students, and issue awards.
  • Because this is a new process, the adjudication period will be extended from one week to two.


  • In order for everyone to be 100% safe, we will not be having in-person concerts.
  • We made the difficult decision to cancel the Artist Concerts. We urge you to share your videos with your friends and families.
  • The Concerto Playoff Concert will be performed virtually. The judge panel will review the winning videos and make award determinations. The judging will be based on the same videos submitted for the classes. We will then inform the winners and share this information on our website and twitter feed.


  • Many dates on the schedule remain similar to years past. For specific dates, see our home page.
  • There is a new date on the schedule, the date by which the students must provide the link to their videos.
  • As mentioned earlier, the adjudication period will be twice as long this year.

Certificates and Awards:

  • Because the festival will be virtual, this year, we will not be providing Certificates of Participation.
  • Placement (1st place, 2nd place, Honorable Mention) Certificates will be sent to teachers, to be distributes to their students.
  • Special Awards and Concerto Concert Awards and checks will be sent to students after the end of the Festival.


  • In order to be 100% safe, all accompaniment in both solo and concerto classes is optional for this Festival.
  • We recommend for solo classes, students select pieces written by the composer for solo instrument, without piano accompaniment.

  • Adjudicators will be instructed not to mark down students who select accompanied pieces to play as solos, or when performing concerto pieces unaccompanied.
  • If students opt to use accompaniment, both live and prerecorded accompaniment will be accepted. Prerecorded accompaniment must be only the accompanist’s part; it may not include the student’s part.
  • Orchestrated accompaniments and computer-generated backing tracks are not allowed for accompaniment.

Video submittal rules:

  • Recordings must consist of unedited, uninterrupted video footage of the student from a single camera angle with coverage of the student’s hands and face at all times.
  • For piano classes, the student’s feet should also be visible in the video.
  • No mixing or sound enhancement is allowed through any kind of soundboard, including at a recording studio. No reverb can be added to the recording. The recording must be honest and acoustic. As closely as possible, it needs to be as if the adjudicator were in the room listening to you perform live.
  • You should not use a professional recording studio.
  • Each recording must begin with the participant stating their name in a clear voice (a first name matching that on the application will be sufficient) followed by the name of the piece(s) being performed.
  • When performing two pieces, the student must submit a separate recording for each piece. If the student submits two recording, each recording must include the student’s name and the name of the piece being performed.
  • The process for submitting the videos is still being worked out. Once finalized, the details will be provided here.
  • Recordings must feature the piece(s) the student entered when enrolling.
  • Recordings must be uploaded to YouTube and must not be set for private access.
  • All recordings must be recorded no earlier than when enrollment opens (February 1, 2021).
  • All performances, except for woodwind, must be performed from memory.
  • Adjudicator will have the sole discretion to reject any submissions deemed unacceptable.
  • Recordings of First and Second place, as well as Honorable Mentioned may be posted on PAFE’s social media accounts. Students and their parents must authorize such use