Select students have the opportunity to participate in an annual sonata contest held at Point Loma Nazarene University. I have had students enter the past two years. The first year, I had three students enter, sadly none advanced. The second year, I had six enter and two advance. Preparation begins as soon as the repertoire list is released. Extra practice is required, and there are master classes with guest artists to offer additional advice.
"For over 40 years, students have gathered together once a year from all over San Diego to participate in the MTAC San Diego Sonata Contest. This event was founded by former MTAC member, Jane Smisor Bastien, who passed away in 2018. The competition is open to students of MTAC San Diego teachers."