Gulf Coast Music Association
Organized in 1974
Affiliated with the National and Texas Federations of Music Clubs

For students to qualify to participate in any of these events a teacher must be a member in good standing i.e.: attendance at a minimum of 3 meetings (we are accountable to the state and national organizations for attendance) AND active participation in each of the events your students perform in.


Saturday, November 6, 2021 

Heritage Park Baptist Church
2732 FM 528 Webster, Texas 77598 
(281) 482-4729 

Entry Fee: $15 per student 

Dear Teachers, Students & Parents, 

GCMA is proud to offer the Jazz/Pop Festival again this year – on Saturday, November 6, 2021, at Heritage Park Baptist Church in Webster. In our continuous response to Covid19, students, even though encouraged to participate in person, will have an alternative option of participation. 

Option 1 (preferred): Students may choose to perform in a recital format and be individually judged by a qualified judge. Parents, family and friends are invited to attend and be a part of the audience. Parents should stay for the entire 30-minute recital in which their student(s) is performing. Your student’s teacher will assign a recital time prior to the festival. 

Option 2: Students may choose to submit a pre-recorded video performance done at home or in the teacher’s studio. Pre-recorded performances must be submitted online by midnight on October 30, 2021. Each pre-recorded video performance will be individually judged by a qualified judge with the same standards as the in-person recital format. Pre-recorded video performances must follow the recording guidelines. Recording guidelines will be published and emailed to teachers as soon as possible. 

Categories: Piano & piano ensemble (one piano only), voice solo, voice ensemble up to 4 singers and piano accompaniment, and guitar solo. All solo selections must be memorized. Improvisations are also acceptable. Online pieces must be published with written permission given to copy. Each performance student must provide an original copy of the music for the judge. Ensembles must provide 2 original copies. No photocopies allowed. 1st measures of each line should be numbered. All students will receive a critique sheet with a rating: Star Performer (trophy) or Remarkable Performer (ribbon). For in-person recitals, students should arrive at least 10 minutes before recital time. 

This festival is an opportunity for students to have fun with their performance in a relaxed atmosphere in-person or pre-recorded. They are encouraged to dress in a creative manner relating to the topic, style, or nature of their music. Prizes will be given for the best costumes. Hope to see you at this year’s festival. 

The Jazz / Pop Team 

Teachers: Only GCMA members are allowed to participate. Students are limited to one song choice no longer than 3 minutes. Please be precise in the timing of the piece length for in-person performances. No teacher accompaniment on piano solos. 

The registration and payment for both in-person and pre-recorded performance must be mailed to Lara Fulcher (1717 Lakeside Harbor Ct., League City, 77573) Entry deadline is October 15, 2021. The in-person recital time slots will be first come first serve. Registration fee is $15 per student and is non-refundable for any reason. 

Co-Chairs: Lara Fulcher and Pamela Jack

 National Music Week Essay Contest

Entry Deadline - TBA

Award: $50
Essay Rules: 2021 Theme: Music – Is a Storyteller



 Sonatina Festival

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Location TBD

The Festival will be in recital format with two to three judges. Parents and friends are invited to attend the recitals. Private judging will also be offered the first 4 hours of the festival, but parents may not attend private auditions. There will be no honors recital following the festival, however, students who receive the Honors designation on their critiques will receive an Honors Recital trophy.  Participants will receive grades from the judges, and the type of award given will depend on the score received for the student’s performance.

Appropriate Repertoire:

  1.       Solo works only.  No two-piano works.
  2.       Any sonatina or classical piece composed between 1750-1820. 
  3.       No simplified or “arranged” works.
  4.       Due to time constraints, only one piece shall be performed.
  5.       Pieces must be memorized.
  6.       Entrants must provide original music for judges.  No photocopies are permitted.  Music purchased online should have the purchase confirmation sheet attached to the front of the score.
  7.       Measures must be numbered, or at least the first measure of every line. 
  8.       Teachers, please educate your students on appropriate behavior during a recital (stay for entire recital, no cell phone use, proper attire, etc)


Rating                  Award          

Honors                 Large Trophy

1 Rating               Trophy 

2 Rating               Gold Medal            

3 Rating               Silver Medal                               

Teachers, please tell your students that are participating in a recital to plan to stay for the entire session (each session should last approximately 50 minutes).  If their schedule prevents this, you should request private judging when signing up for the festival. Private judging will be offered the first 4 hours of the festival.  Please contact the festival chair prior to the festival if the student needs to leave by a certain time.


Co-Chairs: Mary Gard and John Cole

Postmark Deadline: April 1

Registration Fee: $18

Mail Forms to: Mary Gard                                                              3227 Crimson Coast Dr., League City, TX  77573

Forms are included in the yearbook and also online.  For additional information, contact:

Mary Gard – 

John Cole -


Registration Form

Critique Form


Gilmer Summer Study Scholarship

HISTORY:  This scholarship was begun by Irma Gilmer, a charter member of G.C.M.A., in memory of her mother-in-law, a patron of the arts.  The estate donated $100 per year for 10 years to establish the fund. 

GENERAL REMARKS: This Scholarship is for students of G.C.M.A. teachers who are members in good standing for at least 1 school year. Students of those teachers must have participated in at least 1 festival the preceding school year.

There are 2 categories:  Junior High Division (students entering 7th grade – 9th grade) and the High School Division (students entering 10th grade – 12th grade).  A teacher may enter 2 students in each division. There will be one declared winner in each division being awarded $250 each.  If there is no winner in one of the divisions, the money may or may not be used at the discretion of the judge and the chairman.  Scholarship checks will be made payable to the music camp upon acceptance to the camp. Winners of the preceding year are ineligible to enter in the same division the next year only.         

ELIGIBILITY:  1. The member must be the primary teacher of the instrument on which the audition is performed.  2.  It is the responsibility of the teacher to be certain the student will be able to attend camp should the student be a winner of this event.

GENERAL REMARKS: If a selection has more than one movement, any one may be chosen.  Repeats need NOT be observed.  Provide music for judges, measures numbered, and selection paper-clipped if in a book. Auditions are closed.  Any questions or suggestions may be directed to the chairman. 

REPERTOIRE: The repertoire requirement will be the same as what the camp requires.  All selections must be performed from memory.  Arrangements are not acceptable.  If more than two pieces are required the judge may choose the literature to be performed.   

VOICE, VIOLIN, ETC.:  The selections must be memorized and accompanied.  Student provides the accompanist. 


1.   Complete the Application form and turn in by the April meeting.

2.   Critique sheet must be completed by the audition date.   

Chairman:                                          Deadline:  April Meeting
Bea Stanley                                        Audition: TBA

Gold Cup Festival

Saturday, March 5 & 12, 2022
University Baptist Church
16106 Middlebrook Dr
Houston, TX  77059

Entry Fees:
Solo - $20
Hymn - $15
Ensemble - $20
Concerto - $20
Theory - $10

Once again, the Gulf Coast Music Association is pleased to sponsor the District Junior Festival.  Your child will be part of a festival that continues to attract about 400 young musicians from the Clear Lake area each year.  The festival will be held on March 5 and March 12, 2022 at University Baptist Church, Clear Lake.  Make-ups are allowed on the basis of 1) illness of student, (2) family emergencies, or a (3) required school event accompanied by either a doctor’s note or a note from the school sponsor.   

This festival is not designed to be a competition.  Each entrant is rated according to his or her own individual level of advancement and on the results of a private audition before a qualified judge on festival day. Ratings and points are earned as follows:  Superior- 5 points; Excellent- 4 points; Very good- 3 points; Good- 2 points; Fair – 1 point.  All participants receive a certificate; Superior winners receive a special certificate and Superior + students receive a blue ribbon with their certificate.  When a student accumulates 15 points in a single category, he/she receives a Gold Cup. 

Each entrant who earns a rating of Superior in this District Festival is eligible to compete for All-State Musician honors at the annual State Festival.  The festival is usually held in San Marcos in May.  More information will follow.     

Every effort is made to provide a festival that is fair to all students. However, parents and students should be aware that nervousness, different acoustics and/or pianos, unfamiliar judges, illness, and other factors could affect the performance on festival day.  Careful preparation and attention to details in advance of the festival is the best insurance against disappointment.  We ask that parents wait in the designated waiting area to alleviate congestion and noise in the halls.  Monitors will come to the waiting area to call students by playing time or by name and will take them to the appropriate judging area.  Rating sheets will be distributed by the teacher at the lesson following the festival. 

The rating given by the adjudicator is final and may not be questioned by the student, teacher, or parent.  If you have a complaint, please have your teacher submit it in writing to the Festival chairman no later than 3 days after the end of the festival. 

Students MUST bring their music (no copies allowed) and 2 copies of duets (one for performers and one for judge) to the check-in desk on festival day.  Measures must be numbered. 

Best wishes to your young performer,

Susan Hanks, Chairman & Jerri Pippert, Co-Chairman

Hymns Registration Form
Hymns-Student Pieces Assignment Form
Hymns-Student Assignment Sheet
Solo and Theory Registration Form
Ensemble Registration Form

GCMA Senior Music Major Scholarship
Deadline: February Meeting
Audition Date: TBA

Scholarship Chairman: Beatrice Stanley            

Application Deadline: February meeting 

The Senior Music Major Scholarship is awarded to those students who plan to enter college as a music major.  The teacher must be a member of G.C.M.A. for at least 3 years.  The student must have participated in at least 1 festival each year for a minimum of 2 years with a GCMA teacher. 


The student must have studied with a G.C.M.A. teacher for at least 3 years including the senior year..


Complete the Senior Music Major Scholarship Application form (in yearbook).


1ST PLACE:  $500

2ND PLACE:  $500

All awards subject to availability of funds.

Before a check is issued, a copy of acceptance letter from the music school in which he/she will enroll must be presented to the chairman.  The check will be issued to the student. 

Senior Music Major Scholarship Application