Music Educators Association of New Jersey

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Honors Recital

Honors Recital

The fall Honors Recital is a wonderful opportunity for aspiring pianists to perform in person before a live, appreciative audience. The Honors Recital is designed to provide incentives and recognition to talented, motivated students who can prepare for auditions superbly and are confident enough to perform in public in a formal setting. A less rigorous challenge than the spring Piano Competition, the Honors Recital allows students/teachers to choose the repertoire they wish to present.

Auditions for the 2023 Honors Recital will be conducted in person. Soloists will perform two contrasting pieces of their choice, both memorized. Ensembles (two or more pianists) will perform only one piece with optional memory. Dates and venues are indicated on the online Honors Recital Application Form, accessible from the Member Homepage. Only MEA teachers in good standing may register their students. Specific instructions will also be emailed to the teachers after they have submitted the Application Form. The MEA Calendar also lists the audition and recital dates for the current year.

Before completing the Application Form, please read the complete Honors Recital Guidelines and Regulations below.


Students enter in one of the three categories listed below. Age ranges, time limits, and minimum difficulty levels are indicated for each category. The levels follow those of the spring non-competitive MEA Annual Auditions, but the Honors Recital auditions are completely separate.

  Category Age Total Performance Time Level
Solo Category I Thru Age 10 7 minutes or less Intermediate C of the MEA Auditions Syllabus
Solo Category II Ages 11 – 14 10 minutes or less
6 minute time limit for one piece
Pre-Senior B of the MEA Audition Syllabus
Solo Category III Ages 15 – 18 12 minutes or less
6 minute time limit for one piece
Senior B of the MEA Audition Syllabus
Ensemble All categories All ages 6 minutes or less  



Honors Recital Application


Girls: A dress, formal skirt or long dress pants with blouse, sweater or appropriate top, and dress SHOES. Dresses and skirts should reach or cover the knees when seated. No jangly bracelets for loose-fitting jewelry.

Boys: A suit or dress pants and dress shirt, sweater or sports coat, and dress SHOES. Ties are optional.

T-shirts, jeans, sneakers, flip-flops or other casual attire are NOT permitted.

AUDITION PROCEDURE (For in-person Auditions only):

Teachers, please make sure your Honors winners and their families are aware of the following:

Any additional questions? Please email Charlene Step, Honors Recital Chair:

Honors Recital Committee
Ruth Pasquariello, Registrar
Helen Krotoff