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  • We’ve opened sign-up for the upcoming Performance Evaluation on July 22nd.
  • We’ve posted the schedule for this years upcoming National Guild.
  • The schedule was recently updated on Saturday, July 21st, at 8:11am

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National Guild Audition 2015

6July
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The schedule for the 2015 National Guild Audition has been posted. We’re still working on Things may shift around a bit, so we will let you know if the schedule gets updated.

National Guild 2014 Results

23October
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We’ve posted the National Guild results for 2014.

Here’s the breakdown:

Superior Plus : 32% ( A+ equivalent )
Superior : 56% ( A equivalent)
Superior Minus: 10% ( A- equivalent)
Excellent Plus: 2% ( B+ equivalent)

Congratulations everybody!

How To Calculate Your Pupils Current Rating in Guild Auditions:

The numbers of C and A Checks on a pupil’s report card will determine his/her current years rating in the National Piano Playing Auditions, as follows:

Family Circle Current Rating

means the pupil’s preparation shows he/she is not yet ready to appear in public, but that they should find pleasure in playing the piano daily, trying always to improve their technical facilities as the golfer does his/her stroke so as to be able to please a wider audience, outside his/her family group; More A than C Checks. Fair.

Room Circle Current Rating

means the pupil’s preparation shows he/she is prepared to appear before his fellows in his room at school, who, being held for the most part, unaccomplished in music, are therefore not critical; 1 to 6 more C’s than A’s. Good to Good Plus.

School Circle Current Rating

means the pupil’s preparation shows he is prepared to the extent that he could creditably represent his school or club in a musical program at his school. 7 to 10 more C’s than A’s. Excellent to Excellent Plus.

Citywide Circle Current Rating

means the pupil’s preparation shows his/her playing sufficiently polished or outstanding to make him a possible selectee to represent his school in a citywide or countywide concert. 11 to 27 more C’s than A’s. Excellent Plus to Superior.

Top-Talent Circle Current Rating

means the pupil’s preparation shows he/she is adequately equipped musically and technically to appear before any audience anywhere, even though newspaper critics may be in the audience to herald his/her faults and virtues to the world. 28 (or more) more C’s than A’s. Superior Plus.

Media Update for July 2014

13July
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15 new videos have been posted in the 2014 Videos album.

8 new photos have been posted in the 2014 Photos album.

There were also some changes made to the National Guild Schedule today.

National Guild Audition 2014 schedule has been updated

12July
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Greetings parents and participants! There have been some recent changes to this years schedule. Please take a moment to double check your schedule as your time may have shifted.

We would also like to present Ernest R. Sphar Jr, our judge this year:

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Ernest R. Sphar Jr. graduated in 1975 from the University of Louisiana with a major in Music Education. He is certified in music by the Louisiana Board of Education. His experiences in public schools led him to different parishes in Louisiana, having taught elementary through high school music for several years. He has also performed in many churches, festivals and many other venues for music.

He has been a member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers for the last thirty years, participating in Guild Auditions every year with his students attaining superior ratings. His students also participate in the National Federation of Music Clubs Festival each year. He is currently a member of the MTNA. Ernest is certified by the American College of Musicians and has been inducted into the Piano Hall of Fame.

This year Mr. Sphar will be judging in Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, and Ohio. He recently returned from a month of judging in Los Angeles, California. He is looking forward to the upcoming Guild auditions and meeting the teachers and students.

Ernest currently maintains an active studio of thirty students ranging from early elementary to advanced, including classical to jazz, and uses a wide selection of compositions to enhance his students’ learning abilities.

Mr. Sphar currently resides in Lafayette, Louisiana with his wife Mona and his two children, Samuel and Amanda.

National Guild Audition 2014

10July
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We have posted the schedule for the 2014 National Guild Audition. Things may shift around a bit, so we will let you know if the schedule gets updated.

UPDATE: We’ve made some changes and have posted an updated schedule.

UPDATE 2: Further changes have been made and the updated schedule has been posted today (July 12th).

National Guild Audition 2013

8July
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UPDATE: We have posted the schedule for the National Guild Audition. Additionally, we have opened the workshops for this weekend. Thank you for your patience!

National Guild 2012 Results

8September
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Congratulations to our national guild participants. All of our performers have received grades of Excellent Plus or higher!

Here’s the breakdown:

Superior Plus : 24% ( A+ equivalent )
Superior : 69% ( A equivalent)
Superior Minus: 7% ( A- equivalent)
Excellent Plus: .36% ( B+ equivalent)

Please follow this link to view the full list.

Congratulations everybody!

How To Calculate Your Pupils Current Rating in Guild Auditions:

The numbers of C and A Checks on a pupil’s report card will determine his/her current years rating in the National Piano Playing Auditions, as follows:

Family Circle Current Rating

means the pupil’s preparation shows he/she is not yet ready to appear in public, but that they should find pleasure in playing the piano daily, trying always to improve their technical facilities as the golfer does his/her stroke so as to be able to please a wider audience, outside his/her family group; More A than C Checks. Fair.

Room Circle Current Rating

means the pupil’s preparation shows he/she is prepared to appear before his fellows in his room at school, who, being held for the most part, unaccomplished in music, are therefore not critical; 1 to 6 more C’s than A’s. Good to Good Plus.

School Circle Current Rating

means the pupil’s preparation shows he is prepared to the extent that he could creditably represent his school or club in a musical program at his school. 7 to 10 more C’s than A’s. Excellent to Excellent Plus.

Citywide Circle Current Rating

means the pupil’s preparation shows his/her playing sufficiently polished or outstanding to make him a possible selectee to represent his school in a citywide or countywide concert. 11 to 27 more C’s than A’s. Excellent Plus to Superior.

Top-Talent Circle Current Rating

means the pupil’s preparation shows he/she is adequately equipped musically and technically to appear before any audience anywhere, even though newspaper critics may be in the audience to herald his/her faults and virtues to the world. 28 (or more) more C’s than A’s. Superior Plus.

National Guild 2012 schedule has been posted

16July
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We’ve posted the schedule for the 2012 National Guild Auditions.

We’ve also opened the workshop sign-up form for Saturday, July 21st, and Sunday, July 22nd.

We would like to welcome our 2012 National Guild Judge, Dr. Craig John Ralston from Florida.

Dr. Craig John Ralston is the Chairman of the Division of Fine Arts and Professor of Music at Clearwater Christian College. He teaches piano, music theory, composition, advanced analysis and counterpoint, and directs the music ministry teams and the overseas missions program. He performs regularly both as a pianist and as a singer and is an accompanist for recitals both on campus and in the community. Prior to coming to Clearwater he served as music director of Beth Eden Ministries in Denver, CO, where he supervised K-12 music at Beth Eden Christian School and directed the church music program. Dr. Ralston is a judge for the National Piano Guild and is a clinician for choral and composition clinics across the country. His educational background includes Piano and Theory diplomas from the London Royal Schools of Music, a BS in Music Education, 1986 and an MM in Piano from Bob Jones University, 1988, and a DMA in Composition/Theory from The University of Alabama, 1993. He was a student of Dwight Gustafson, Alice Gingery and Frederic Goossen.

All participants must check in half an hour before your scheduled time with your blue check-in paper.
Formal dress code is strictly enforced. Don’t forget to bring your music with measures numbered and titles marked.
We need volunteers to help monitor the audition. High school students are qualified and will receive community service hours. Please contact our office at 714-636-0836 for more information. Thank you.

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Schedule Posted for National Guild Auditions 2011

13July
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Hello! We’ve posted the schedule for this years National Guild Audition.

All participants must check in half an hour before your scheduled time with your yellow check-in paper. Formal dress code is strictly enforced. Don’t forget to bring your music with measures numbered and titles marked.

We need volunteers to help monitor the audition. High school students are qualified and will receive community service hours. Please contact our office at 714-636-0836 for more information. Thank you.

National Guild 2010 Results Posted

15August
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Congratulations to our national guild participants. All of our performers have received grades of Excellent Plus or higher! 8)

Here’s the breakdown:

Superior Plus : 31% ( A+ equivalent )
Superior : 55% ( A equivalent)
Superior Minus: 10% ( A- equivalent)
Excellent Plus: 4% ( B+ equivalent)

Please follow this link to view the full list.

Congratulations everybody! 🙂