AKTA Piano Adjudications

AKTA Adjudications take place every fall in Anchorage.  

They are available only to current



About Adjudications:  

The adjudicator works with the student at the piano during this mini-lesson and provides written comments for the teacher to share later with the student. Parents and interested parties are welcome to attend. Adjudicators are chosen for their teaching skills, their musical and pianistic knowledge, and their ability to work with students in a positive and constructive manner. For teachers unfamiliar with the adjudication process, you are welcome to attend and observe free of charge, but please contact us at pianoakta@gmail.com if you are interested in observing.



Deadline is October 26th and you can register in one of two ways.


  • Snail Mail: Request a registration form from Dean Epperson, pianoakta@gmail.com and mail completed form to Dean Epperson - 6901 Round Tree Dr. Anchorage, AK  99507

  • Online: Click on the link below and fill out the online application. Within a couple of days, you will receive an invoice from AKTA allowing you to pay through either Pay Pal, a credit card or by check. Final schedule will be emailed after the October 26th deadline. 

Fees and Repertoire: 

  • Teachers purchase blocks of time, one per student: 15 minutes/$20, 25 minutes/$30, or 35 minutes/$40 during which their students perform 2 pieces of contrasting style. Students receive a ribbon for participation.  

  • One piece should be “recital-ready” and memorized, while the other piece should have all the notes and rhythms learned, but can be "in progress" and needing additional refinement.  Original scores are required for music not in the Public Domain. For non-memorized pieces, written in the last 100 hundred years, students need a second original score for the adjudicator.


  • Teachers may want to group their early beginners (E1 and E2) in more of a class-like arrangement. These students play one piece and there will be no written comments on the performances. If you are interested in doing such a class, please contact the chairman, Dean Epperson (pianoakta@gmail.com) for rates and scheduling information. 

2019 Adjudications

November 9-10, 2019

St. John United Methodist Church

Maria Allison, Adjudicator

Maria Allison has been involved in the musical life of Alaska since moving here in 1979. She has performed many solo recitals and chamber music concerts on the Kenai Peninsula as well as elsewhere in Alaska and in the lower 48. She started her Alaskan piano studio in 1980, Elevation 88, and taught private piano lessons at the former Music Box in Soldotna, and now teaches at her home studio. For about 25 years, she was an adjunct at Kenai Peninsula College, teaching music theory, music appreciation, opera appreciation, and piano. She was a longtime guest artist at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival and a faculty member of the Los Angeles-based Gold Coast Chamber Music Festival. She accompanies for the Kenai Peninsula Singers, high school choral groups and festivals in the Kenai/Soldotna communities, and has toured Europe and the Far East with the KCHS choir under the direction of Renee Henderson. She has served as rehearsal pianist for numerous Kenai Performers’ productions, and is a member of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra and Redoubt Chamber Orchestra. She serves on the board of the Performing Arts Society. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in music from the University of Nebraska, studying piano with the late Audun Ravnan. Ms. Allison and her husband, Tom, live in Kenai.

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