News and Updates


Houstonfest Scholarshipswinners announced!


Changes and updates for 2022 including procedures for online contest


State Promo Video Contest


"Texas State German Contest at 40" newsletter series (full of tips for contest prep and Pass auf! study material)


"Leidenschaft der Aussprache" Pronunciation Contest


Scholarships at State


Contest Promo Video #1 (students from one school tell why they love contest)


Contest Promo Video #2 (one student tells why she loves contest)


Teacher-to-Teacher Tips


Tips for Pair Discussion


Photo Gallery


Arrival at Heights High School


Lunch options


Daily log of changes to state-qualifier list



Important Dates


Sat., Jan. 15, 2022, 11:59 p.m.Houstonfest registration spreadsheet due for regular price of $10/student (payment does not have to be mailed until 1/24).


Tue., Jan. 18, 2022, 4:00 p.m.:  Registration opens for pronunciation contest "Leidenschaft der Aussprache" (teachers who submit a Houstonfest registration by the regular deadline will receive a link to register for this special contest)


Mon., Jan. 24, 2022, 11:59 p.m.Houstonfest registration spreadsheet due for late price of $12/student. Deadline to postmark Houstonfest payment.


Wed., Feb. 2, 2022, 8:00 p.m. Houstonfest changes (adds, drops, substitutions) due. After this point, no more changes will be allowed.


Sat., Feb. 5, 2022Houstonfest (virtual) -  submissions of art and recordings due by 9:00 a.m., some events conducted live via Zoom


Tue., Feb. 8, 2022, 11:59 p.m.:  Remote Houstonfest judging ends


Fri., Feb. 11, 2022, 4:45 p.m.:  Houstonfest results announced via live-stream (see Results page for a recording of the awards show)


Wed., Feb. 16, 2022, 11:59 p.m.:  State online registration due for "early bird" price of $10/student (payment does not have to be mailed until 2/18).


Fri., Feb. 18, 2022, 11:59 p.m.:  State online registration due for regular price of $12/student. Also, Mary El-Beheri Memorial Scholarship applications due. Deadline to postmark State payment.


Wed., Feb. 23, 2022, 8:00 p.m.:  Deadline extended: Entries in promotional video contest due to State director Jennifer Christianson.


Sat., Feb. 26, 202240th Annual Texas State German Contest (virtual) -submissions of art and recordings due by 9:00 a.m., some events conducted live via Zoom (ask your teacher for the sheet with all the links!)


Tue., Mar. 1, 2022, 11:59 p.m.:  Remote State judging ends


Sat., Mar. 5, 2022, 11:59 p.m. Houstonfest Scholarship applications due. State awards video released.


Fri., Mar. 11, 2022 Gail Cope Scholarship applications due.


Sat., April 30, 2022 Gail Cope Teacher Grant applications due.



Main Rules Page Arts Declamation Drama Music
Oral Tests Pass auf! Research Paper Scavenger Hunt Written Tests


Advantaged Speakers




All rules in one document

(not reflecting virtual status of contest for 2022)


IMPORTANT:  Procedures for 2022 Virtual Contests


Show your love for the Texas German contest system by producing a promotional video and entering our contest.  You could win $250!  Click here for the contest guidelines.


Rules for the 7 online events in one document

(Even in non-pandemic years when we can have contest in person, 7 events will always be conducted online.  This document outlines the procedures for that.

For 2022, however, ALL events will be online.)


Rules and procedures for new pronunciation contest "Leidenschaft der Aussprache"

Critique sheet for "Leidenschaft der Aussprache"

(Registration for this contest has closed. 

Contestants competed for $10,500 in prize money, results to be announced soon!)


Teachers must collect and submit this Consent and Release of Liability form for each student who participates in a regional contest.  The forms of all students participating from each school must be scanned or otherwise consolidated into ONE document (preferably PDF) and submitted to the regional contest director before the date of the regional contest

using this Google Form.

The same document can later be submitted to the State director prior to the State contest.


General rules:

  • All participants in Houstonfest are responsible for taking care of and keeping up with their own belongings.  Neither the host school (Heights High School), its German teacher Mark Johnson, Houstonfest, Houstonfest director Rustin Buck, the Houstonfest steering committee, nor the umbrella organization Texas State German Contests, Inc. is responsible for items lost or left behind at the contest.

  • Only German teachers may register students for Houstonfest; we do not accept registration from individual students.

  • Any German teacher who registers one or more contestants must attend Houstonfest and serve as a judge (unless the director grants an exemption, which will be done only in extremely extraordinary situations).

  • Teachers should follow their school district's policy regarding student eligibility to participate in contests.
  • Each contestant...

    • must be in grade 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12;

    • must be a student at a school where the registering teacher works;

    • must be currently enrolled in a German course at that school, or if not, must have previously completed at least two years of German instruction AND be a current member of that school's German Club or German NHS.  There are two exceptions to this:  A Classical Instrumental Ensemble may contain one "wild-card" student who is not currently taking and has not previously taken German.  A Polka Band may contain up to two such "wild-card" students.  "Wild-card" entries are allowed only in these two events.

The spirit of the foregoing rule is to prevent a school from stacking its entries with "mercenary" artists, dancers, musicians, writers, etc. who have no real connection to the school's German program in order to bolster the team's entries.  On the other hand, we do not want to exclude the occasional student who loves German and who took two or three years of it and who wants to continue participating in Houstonfest but who, for whatever reason, is not currently taking German.  Please note, however, that any contestant not currently enrolled in a German course should be entered in the level he/she would be in if he/she had continued taking German.  For example, if John stops taking German after completing German III but still wants to enter Houstonfest the next year, he should be entered in Level 4 events.

  • For liability reasons, video recordings are not allowed in any room where students are competing or performing. If parents and/or teachers wish to record a performance, they should plan on doing it during a rehearsal or performance at their respective school.
The contest director may assign a designated contest photographer to take pictures or video footage throughout contest for informational or publicity purposes. This will be immediately submitted to the director on contest day. No student faces may be used from this footage.

However, the contest director will accept video segments as well as still photos from individual schools after contest has occurred (to be used for promotional purposes, e.g., on the website). By submitting these, teachers give permission for Houstonfest and Texas State German Contests, Inc. to use them for informational or publicity purposes. Before submitting such photos/videos, teachers must make sure that students have permission forms on file at their school allowing for photos/videos to be used on the website.

When is the next Houstonfest?



February 4, 2023


Where is Houstonfest?


Heights High School in Houston


Link to Texas State German Contest


Texas State German Contest on Facebook


Texas State German Contest 40th Anniversary Facebook Group