Mission Statement

It is the purpose of the Calgary APTA Festival to bring together piano enthusiasts of all levels and in all styles of play to share and enjoy music. It is for this reason that classes are non-competitive.

It is the commitment of this festival that each performer will receive adjudication by a leading musician in piano music to assist with moving forward in his/her learning experience.

It is the hope of this festival that students, teachers, and music lovers enrich their musical skills and knowledge each time they participate.

2020 APTA Festival – February 29th – March 14th, 2020

Classes will be held from:

  • 9 AM – noon
  • 1:30 -4:30 PM
  • 6:30 to 9:30 PM daily, other days than Sundays


The continued goal of the festival is to provide an opportunity for students to play in a performance atmosphere that is encouraging and constructive. All participants will receive a certificate and a written adjudication.

Registration deadline is January 15th, 2020



The following classes are being offered:

The Great Musical Adventure - Saturday, February 29th, 2020 – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Experience music history first hand…..as part of the story! Journey with Nannerl and Wolfgang Mozart through musical experiences as they try to reunite with their father in Vienna. (no repertoire selection required)

I Sing and Play – A unique class for students interested in both singing and playing piano! All genres of music are acceptable. This class requires the pianist to sing while accompanying his/ herself on the piano. For those wanting to accompany a singer, please enter the combo class (one section)

Pop, Blues & Jazz – This class includes any contemporary style. Improvisation is strongly encouraged. (one selection)

Solo – any one solo selection

Recital – perform contrasting pieces as a recital set, max 20 minutes (two to three selections)

Teen Solo – Ages 12 to 17, Preparatory to Grade 4 (one selection) 

Teen Recital – Ages 12 to 17, Preparatory to Grade 4 (two or three selections)

Adult Solo – 18 years and up (one selection)

Adult Recital – 18 years and up (two to three selections)

Piano Composition – A class for young composers! Students perform one of their own compositions (one selection)

Piano Combo - Any combination of performers which includes at least one person on piano. Combos can include a vocalist or any instrument. The performer submitting the registration is responsible for communication with their partners (one selection)

Piano Duet/Trio Class - This class includes four hands, six hands or more, as well as two piano works. If two pianos are required please state this under special requests.  The performer submitting the registration is responsible for communication with their partners (one selection)