At Musicale, we gather together to celebrate the music of great composers as a part of our Music Festivals. Each festival and competition will focus on one or two composers or styles to discover and explore rich piano repertoire for all ages and levels.

These online streamed festivals include student performances (divided by age-based categories) of the featured composer’s works with awards given, as well as opportunities for teachers to share their own perspective through performance, teaching experiences, and commentary. 

We are also excited to offer our Mini Courses throughout each Music Festival month, which are short classes taught by our amazing faculty and are accessible to everyone. All of our past Mini Courses are still available for purchase by visiting our Mini Courses page by clicking on the button below!

Read below for more information and to learn how you can participate!

Past Festival content can be found by clicking on the buttons below. 



All repertoire from Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th century, and contemporary period is welcome. Special emphasis will be placed on American Piano Music & composers, and living pedagogical composers. Special Judges Awards will be given to American music performances. Stay tuned for our outstanding Mini Course line up! 

FALL 2021

Fall Music Festival


NOVEMBER 14th 2021 11:59pm ET

Special Theme - American Music


What is American Music? 


According to Mr. Leonard Bernstein, “there are as many sides to American music as there are to the American people—our great, varied, many-sided democracy. Maybe that's the main quality of all — our many-sidedness. Think of all the races and personalities from all over the globe that make up our country; and when we think of that we can understand why our own folk music is so complicated. We've taken it all in, French, Dutch, German, Scotch, Scandinavian, Italian, African, Asian, and all the rest, and learned it from one another, borrowed it, stolen it, cooked it all up in a melting pot. So what our composers are finally nourished on, is a folk music that is probably the richest in the world, and all of it is American, in spirit, whether its jazz, or square-dance tunes, or cowboy songs, or hillbilly music, or rock and roll, or Cuban mambas, or spirituals, or Mexican huapangos, or Missouri hymn-singing”. It’s a mixture of things from all over the world - everything." 


The personality traits of American music are one of “youth energy, wildly optimistic, filled with roaring vitality of ruggedness, wide-open feeling”, yet with “a kind of sweet, simple, sticky sentimental quality” - is every beauty, emotion, and color. 


American piano music is all of the above. It is a melting pot where you find diversity of every kind, form and shape, age and level - for every pianist. 


Come and join us in celebrating American music we all love!

FESTIVAL-THEMED REPERTOIRE: Any repertoire from any American composer is accepted, including pedagogical repertoire by living composers.


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Festival Schedule

FALL 2021

General Repertoire with Special Theme 

American Piano Music & Composers


General Repertoire with Special Theme 

Russian Piano Music & Composers


General Repertoire with Special Theme 

French Piano Music & Composers

















Adventurous and passionate” (The New Yorker) Ukrainian-born American pianist Inna Faliks has established herself as one of the most exciting, committed, communicative and poetic artists of her generation.  Faliks has made a name for herself through her commanding performances of standard piano repertoire, as well genre-bending interdisciplinary projects, and inquisitive work with contemporary composers.  After her acclaimed teenage debuts at the Gilmore Festival and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, she has performed on many of the world’s great stages, with numerous orchestras, in solo appearances, and with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin and Keith Lockhart.  Faliks is currently Professor of Piano and Head of Piano at UCLA.   Critics praise her “courage to take risks, expressive intensity and technical perfection” (General Anzeiger, Bonn), “remarkable insight” (Audiophile audition) “poetry and panoramic vision” (Washington Post), “riveting passion, playfulness” (Baltimore Sun) and “signature blend of lithe grace and raw power” (Lucid Culture.) Her October 2014 all-Beethoven CD release on MSR classics drew rave reviews: the disc’s preview on WTTW called Faliks “High priestess of the piano, concert pianist of the highest order, as dramatic and subtle as a great stage actor.”   Her previous, critically acclaimed CD on MSR Classics, Sound of Verse, was released in 2009, featuring music of Boris Pasternak, Rachmaninoff and Ravel. Her discography also includes a recital recording for the Yamaha Disklavier label, Chopin solo and cello sonatas recording with cellist Wendy Warner, and well as “Polonaise-Fantasie, Story of a Pianist” for Delos – a recital of short piano works from Bach to Chopin and Carter, combined with autobiographical essays written by Faliks.

Ms. Faliks’s distinguished career has taken her to thousands of recitals and concerti throughout the US, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.  Highlights  of the recent seasons include performances in Ravinia Festival and the National Gallery in DC, recital tours of China, with appearances in all the major halls such as Beijing Center for Performing Arts, Shanghai Oriental Arts Theater and Tianjin Grand Theater, as well as acclaimed performances at the Festival Intenacional de Piano in Mexico,  in the Fazioli Series in Italy and in Israel’s Tel Aviv Museum, at Portland Piano Festival and with the Camerata Pacifica, with the modern dance troupe Bodytraffic at the Broad Stage Santa Monica, and Jacaranda Series in Los Angeles, where she performed Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated. Faliks has been featured on WQXR, WNYC, WFMT and many international television broadcasts, and has performed in many other major venues, such as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Concert Hall,  Metropolitan Museum of Art, Paris’ Salle Cortot, Chicago’s Symphony Center, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall and in many important festivals such as Verbier, Newport, Portland International, Music in the Mountains, Mondo Musica Cremona, Brevard, Taos, International Keyboard Festival in NYC, Bargemusic, and Chautauqua.

She is regularly engaged as a concerto soloist nation-wide: recent appearances include Beethoven 4th with Minnesota Sinfonia, Peninsula Festival , where she played the 1st and 3rd Prokofiev Concerti in the same half of the program with Victor Yampolsky,  Rachmaninoff 2nd concerto with Dmitry Sitkovetsky and Greensboro Symphony Gershwin Project with Daniel Meyer and the Erie Symphony, Clara Schumann Concerto at Wintergreen Festival, Robert Schumann Concerto with Miami Symphony. Her chamber music partnerships include work with Gilbert Kalish, Ron Leonard, Fred Sherry, Ilya Kaler, Colin Carr, Wendy Warner, Clive Greensmith, Antonio Lysy, and others. Faliks is a founding member of the Hollywood Piano Trio, with Roberto Cani, Concertmaster of LA Opera, and Robert deMaine, Principal Cellist of the LA Philharmonic.

Faliks is the founder and curator of the of the Manhattan Arts Council award winning poetry-music series Music/Words, creating performances in collaboration with distinguished poets.This has been described as “surreal, impactful, and relevant” (Lucid Culture). Her long-standing relationship with WFMT radio has led to multiple broadcasts of Music/Words, which she had produced alongside some of the nation’s most recognized poets in performances throughout the United States. An artist known for his versatility, Faliks is equally at home with standard repertoire, rare and new music, and interdisciplinary performances.  She recently co-starred with Downton Abbey star Lesley Nicol in “Admission – One Shilling” ,a play for pianist and actor about the life of Dame Myra Hess, the great British pianist.  Most recently, she is touring with her autobiographical recital-monologue, “Polonaise-Fantasie, the Story of a Pianist” throughout the US and Canada.  Constantly in dialogue with today’s composers, she has had works composed for her by Timo Andres, Billy Childs, Richard Danielpour, Paola Prestini, Ljova, Clarice Assad, Peter Golub, and many more. She was the winner of many prestigious competitions, including Hilton Head International Piano Competition and International Pro Musicis Award.

Faliks is internationally in demand as an Artist Teacher, and frequently adjudicates competitions gives masterclasses and travels to Artist Residencies in major conservatories and universities around the world. In March 2019, Faliks was Artistic Director of Classical Music for YoungArts LA, programming and workshopping a program with the nation’s top young musicians and composers, as well as directing a number of panels and masterclasses. Her past teachers included Leon Fleisher, Boris Petrushansky, Gilbert Kalish, Ann Schein, and Emilio del Rosario. Inna Faliks is a Yamaha Artist.

Inna Faliks is a Yamaha Artist.   www.innafaliks.com

















Scott McBride Smith is a recognized leader in worldwide music education. As the Cordelia Brown Murphy Professor of Piano Pedagogy at the University of Kansas and as Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Piano Department at China Conservatory in Beijing, he focuses on international issues of piano teaching, teacher training and piano pedagogy. As President and CEO of the International Institute for Young Musicians, he leads a summer program offering specialized training for gifted young performers from around the world. And as co-author of the groundbreaking new series American Popular Piano, he has helped create a course of study for today’s student – providing tools that inspire the necessary hard work while playing music they love.

Scott McBride Smith is a former president of the Music Teachers National Association of the United States. He is Visiting Professor at the Sichuan Conservatory and Shanghai Normal University. He is President of the U.S. Music Certification Exams.

Interest in his philosophical and cognitive approach to music teaching has resulted in appearances across the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America, including workshops and showcases at every Music Teachers National Association Conference since 1999. But he has never lost the ability to see humor in the profession and laugh.

A long-time teacher of prize-winning students in Irvine, California, Dr. Smith’s students were the California State Champions for many years between 1988-2009. Former students have been First Prize winners in the Naftsger Competition, Tchaikovsky Competition, the Bachauer Competition (Juilliard) and in MTNA competitions. A chamber music coach as well as piano teacher, Scott McBride Smith coached the Wakarusa Trio to the 2013 First Place in the MTNA Chamber Music (Strings) national competition. The group went on the win the Coleman-Barstow Prize at the 2014 Coleman Chamber Music Competition. Another Smith-coached group, Trio Soave, won Third Place in the 2016 MTNA Chamber Music (Strings) national competition. Private piano students were MTNA National Finalists in 2017 and 2018.

Dr. Smith is co-author of the college text The Well-Tempered Keyboard Teacher and associate editor of the magazine Clavier Companion. He is co-author of Christopher Norton’s Guide to Microjazz.

Dr. Smith has served as Visiting Professor at the Shanghai Conservatory and the Sichuan Conservatory in China; the Béla Bartók Conservatory in Lima, Peru; at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts; and in Taiwan, sponsored by the International Piano Teaching Foundation.

Scott McBride Smith received his doctorate from the University of Southern California, where he was co-winner of the Outstanding Graduate in Piano award.
















“The appeal of Rosenbaum’s playing is in his musical temperament, in which fervor and gentleness are happily combined and in the velvet of his tone.....he makes up for all the drudgery the habitual concert-goer has to endure in the hope of finding the real, right thing”. 

That’s how the Boston Globe described American pianist Victor Rosenbaum, an artist whose playing has been called “magisterial” with a “piano touch [that] encompasses bravura, delicacy, and many variations between”. 

Rosenbaum has concertized widely as soloist and chamber music performer in the United States, Europe, Asia, Israel, Brazil, and Russia in such prestigious halls as Tully Hall in New York and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia. He has collaborated with such artists as Leonard Rose, Paul Katz, Arnold Steinhardt, Robert Mann, Joseph Silverstein, James Buswell, Malcolm Lowe, and the Brentano, Borromeo, and Cleveland String Quartets. Festival appearances have included Tanglewood, the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Kfar Blum and Tel Hai (in Israel), Yellow Barn, Kneisel Hall (Blue Hill), Musicorda, Masters de Pontlevoy (France), the Heifetz Institute, the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York, the International Music Seminar in Vienna, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Festival at Walnut Hill School, the Puerto Rico International Piano Festival, and The Art of the Piano Festival in Cincinnati. Concert appearances have brought him to Chicago, Minneapolis, Tokyo, Beijing, St. Petersburg (Russia), Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and New York, among others. In addition to his absorption in the music of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (in particular Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, and Brahms), Rosenbaum has performed and given premieres of works by many contemporary composers, including John Harbison, John Heiss, Peter Westergaard, Norman Dinerstein, Arlene Zallman, Donald Harris, Daniel Pinkham, Miriam Gideon, Stephen Albert, and many others. A musician of diverse talents, Rosenbaum is also a composer and has frequently conducted in the Boston area and beyond. 

Rosenbaum, who studied with Elizabeth Brock and Martin Marks while growing up in Indianapolis, and went on to study with Rosina Lhevinne at the Aspen Festival and Leonard Shure (while earning degrees at Brandeis University and Princeton) has become a renowned teacher himself. A member of the faculty of New England Conservatory in Boston since 1967, he chaired its piano department for more than a decade, and was also Chair of Chamber Music. Also on the faculty of Mannes School of Music in New York from 2004-2017, he has been Visiting Professor of Piano at the Eastman School of Music, a guest teacher at Juilliard, and presents lectures, workshops, and master classes for teachers’ groups and schools both in the U. S. and abroad, including London’s Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, and Guildhall School, the conservatories of St. Petersburg and Moscow, Beijing Central Conservatory, Shanghai Conservatory, the Toho School in Tokyo, Tokyo Ondai, most major schools in Taiwan, and other institutions such as the Menuhin School near London, and the Jerusalem Music Center. Rosenbaum was also Director and President of the Longy School of Music from 1985-2001. 

A CD of the last piano pieces of Brahms will be released soon on Bridge Records; three other discs on the same label include a Schubert disc (described as a “powerful and poignant record of human experience”) and two Beethoven recordings, one of which (of the last three sonatas) was named by the American Record Guide as one of the top ten classical recordings of 2005. He has also recorded three discs for the Fleur de Son label — two of Schubert and one of Mozart. 

The Jerusalem Post wrote of Rosenbaum: “His obvious consciousness of everything he was doing....resulted in rich and subtle nuances of dynamics and shadings and in organically shaped, well-rounded phrases; [while] there was refreshing spontaneity and genuine temperament....the reign of intellect never faltered”. 

The New York Times put it succinctly after his performance at Tully Hall: Rosenbaum “could not have been better”. 



All student video performances will be streamed in a group concert on a specific day/time. The streamed videos will be available for students and their families, teachers, and the general public. All students will receive a Certificate of Participation and Excellence.  In addition, you may choose to participate in our exciting Mini Courses that we offer throughout the month (more info can be found above).


If students choose to enter the competitive portion of the festival, they will be put up for consideration for our Prizes (more info below; please read submission requirements carefully). If a student does not opt-in for the competitive portion, their video will still be showcased and will still receive a Certificate of Participation and Excellence. They will not receive comments or be considered for our Prizes.

Up to 35 competition participants will be invited to the final round of the competition. These participants will receive comments from our distinguished judges and this invitation will be denoted on their Certificate. Participants who are not invited to the final round will still receive comments from other Musicale faculty. 


$45 for General Participant

$55 for Competition Participant

See above for our Mini Courses fees.


Student submissions will be split into the following age categories : 







*Adult participants will be placed in an adult-only competition and the concert will be dedicated to adult amateur performances only. 


Prizes will be awarded for each age group. Awards are judged based on extent of comprehensive musical understanding. Prize recipients will be highlighted in a prize recipient concert as well as on our website and social media platforms. 


5-7 and 8-11 years old categories:

 One Free Master Class; must be used within 1 year. 

12-14, 15-17 and 18-26 years old categories: 


adult amateurs: 

One Free Masterclass; must be used within 1 year. 


5-7 and 8-11 years old categories:

$25 scholarship towards a master class; must be used within 1 year. 

12-14, 15-17 and 18-26 years old categories: 


adult amateurs: 

$50 scholarship towards a master class


all age categories: 

Certificate of Bronze Prize will be awarded 


Certificate of Honorable Mention will be awarded to up to 3 participants.


Up to 4 participants will be awarded the Best performance of Festival-Themed Repertoire with cash awards of $25 each.


To participate in our Music Festivals, students must submit a horizontally filmed video (payment and submission form can be found at the bottom of this page; click "Pay" to start your form) by the deadline specified for that month's Festival. 



  • $45 for General Participant

  • $55 for Competition Participant

Repertoire Categories

  • General Repertoire: Pieces from all styles and time periods are welcome. 

  • Festival-Themed Repertoire: See each festival for the requirements. 

The submission will be reviewed by the Musicale team and we will reach out with your scheduled festival performance. 


  • Participants can submit a single piece, a single movement or two or three short movements from a larger work up to a maximum of 12 minutes

  • Piano duo and Concerto repertoire are welcome. 

  • Performances must be from within 6 months of the date of application. There should be no editing, talking or writing (including no name/piece title edited into the video) for the video submission.

  • Participants must wear appropriate concert attire

  • Videos must be filmed horizontally, showing the participant's entire body and the piano.

  • A quality headshot must be uploaded when register 


Music Festival Registration

Click on the "Pay" button below to begin your application (the payment process is included in the form).


Please make sure to choose the appropriate form. GENERAL means general Festival participation (with no judges comments or consideration for our Prizes) while COMPETITIVE means you would like to be considered for our Prizes and will receive comments from our judges.