Chairpersons: Dr. Yelena Balabanova and Allan Park
Online Registration period: September 31, 2022 to October 16, 2022
Virtual Festival YouTube links due date: 30 October 2022
In Person Festival Date: 6 November 2022 from 1:00PM – 8:00PM at the Hartley Mansion in Everett, WA.
Time Period: Modern
In Person Adjudicator: Jeffrey Gilliam
Virtual YouTube Adjudicator: Dr. Peter Mack

This year’s festival will have two options:
Virtual YouTube Format – For teachers, students, and parents who enjoy the comfort of recording at their home or studio, without the pressure of being examined live. Participants will receive written comments by the Virtual Festival Adjudicator.
In Person Format – For teachers, students, and parents who enjoy performing and receiving live feedback from the In-person Festival Adjudicator. Photos may be taken at the In Person Format Festival for use on the ETMA website and Facebook.

Time Era Festival Information Sheet PDF
2022 EMTA Time Era Festival Registration Form – Online registration period is September 13, 2022 – October 16, 2022.
2022 EMTA Time Era Video Submission Form – Virtual Festival YouTube links are due on October 30, 2022.

The purpose of Time Era Festival is to encourage the exploration of piano music by the chosen era of music. This year’s festival will explore Modern composers, which includes Impressionistic and 20th Century Composers. 


6 and under


  • Up to 3 Gold Medals will be awarded in each age group for outstanding performances. ONE of these Gold Medalists will receive BEST OF FESTIVAL TITLE.
  • Several Silver Medals and Honorable Mentions will also be given to exceptional performances.
  • All students will receive an Achievement Certificate
  • Valuable and useful feedback to the performers will be a provided to every student.

Requirements for 2022 Participation:

  1. Registration is 100% ONLINE on the EMTA website. Each performer must register and pay individually.
  2. Participating students MUST be students of EMTA Teachers. This festival is not open to non-members of EMTA.
  3. Payment will also be 100% online.
  4. For the Virtual Festival YouTube Option:
    If more than one piece is performed both works must be on ONE YouTube link. Students can only use pieces learned AFTER April 1st, 2022. For medal eligibility, all piece(s) must be recorded memorized. Video footage must show face and both hands at all times. Please set privacy setting to UNLISTED. No private links will be accepted. For TITLE: Link must say “2022 Time Era Festival” followed by the pianist’s name and age. For DESCRIPTION FIELD, please list the composer(s), piece(s) performed.
  5. For the In-Person Festival Option:
    Students can only use pieces learned AFTER April 1st, 2022. For medal eligibility, all piece(s) must be memorized.
  6. Modern Era solo(s) and Modern Era concerto (single movement only) may be used (Impressionist Era is included). PLEASE NOTE: Only solo piece(s) will be eligible for “Best of Festival” prize. Concertos are eligible for medal recognition only.
  7. Acoustic pianos are recommended for performances.
  8. Pieces must be memorized for medal eligibility.
  9. Registration Fees: Total length of piece(s) per person: 1-5 min ($30) or 6-10 min ($40).

Questions about the Time Era Festival from EMTA members should be directed to the festival chairs, Dr. Yelena Balabanova and Allan Park. Their contact information is available on the website on our members only page.

1. “If my student isn’t ready with the video link can he or she do the LIVE version?
The answer is NO. because the schedule would be set and budget will change since more time is added for the LIVE adjudicator.
2. “May a participant do BOTH the video and In-Person?”
The answer is YES, as long as the student pays and registers TWICE… for live and one for virtual.


Prior to joining the piano faculty at Western Washington University in 1992, Jeffrey Gilliam taught at The Juilliard School; The University of Michigan School of Music; and at The International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad, Switzerland. He has performed and taught all over the world, including
guest university teaching positions in Thailand and South Africa, as well as receiving two Fulbright awards. He has recorded with violinists Yehudi Menuhin, Alberto Lysy, and Ruggerio Ricci for the EMI, Dinemec Classics, and Opus 111 labels. Jeffrey’s extended association with the late Lord Menuhin has led to his collaboration with superb instrumentalists, with whom he has performed at London’s Wigmore Hall, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City; in numerous concert tours across the U.S. and Canada, and in distinguished European, Asian, and South American festivals.

Originally from Akron, Ohio, Jeffrey studied piano with Cécile Genhart at The Eastman School of Music, and with Theodore Lettvin at The University of Michigan. A Fulbright Scholarship in piano and in German literature enabled him to continue his studies with Günter Ludwig in Cologne, Germany, where he made his European recital debut in 1982. He also studied collaborative piano with Martin Katz and Margo Garrett. He has performed in master classes for Leon Fleisher, György Sebök, John Perry, Maria Curcio Diamand, Tatiana Nikolayeva, György Sandor, and Dorothy Taubman.

In addition to teaching piano and collaborative piano at Western Washington University in Bellingham, he is Artistic Director of Western’s Sanford-Hill Piano Series. Now in its twentieth year, Sanford-Hill may be unique in that world-class pianists play recitals and give master classes, but the profits from ticket sales go entirely to Western’s endowed piano scholarships. In 2015 he established his own endowed piano scholarship: the Jeffrey Gilliam Piano Scholarship Endowment Fund. His students have gone on to distinguished piano performance programs at Stony Brook, New England Conservatory, Rice University, and Eastman.


Irish pianist Peter Mack is in great demand as a performer, clinician, convention artist, adjudicator, and teacher. Celebrated for his moving playing, and his easy rapport with audiences, he has performed throughout the United States and Europe, as well as in Australia, India, and the former Soviet Union.

His students are frequent winners of local, national, and international competitions. An active educator, he is current President-elect of MTNA.

“Mack is one of those lucky ones, born with a completely balanced set of talents… In all capacities he is indefatigable….”
–Los Angeles Times