Senior Performance Competitions

National Coordinator: 
Fay Adams, NCTM
7209 Sheffield Dr.

Knoxville, TN 37909
(865) 705-5954 
fadams@utk.edu

 

Applications will be available in August.

***ATTENTION***

  • Application deadline is 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.
  • MTNA active membership dues must be paid before submission of the application. Entrants will be assessed a $150 nonmember teacher fee if the membership is not paid for the 2016–2017 membership year.

Application Procedure

  • Age: 15–18 as of January 1, 2017.
  • Piano Duet Age: 11–18 as of January 1, 2017. One of the duet partners must be 15–18 as of January 1, 2017.
  • Entry Fee: $110.
  • Application deadline: 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.

Competition Categories

  • Brass (Trumpet, Horn, Euphonium, Trombone, Tuba), Solo Piano, Piano Duet (one piano/four hands), String (Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass), Voice and Woodwind (Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Saxophone)

Brass, String and Woodwind

Awards made possible by the MTNA Foundation Fund

  • National Winner: $2,000
  • Second Place: $1,000
  • Third Place: $300
  • Merit Awards: $100

Piano

Awards made possible by the Yamaha Corp. of America, Piano Division.

  • National Winner: $2,000
  • Second Place: $1,000 (supported by the Evelyn Lindblad Folland Endowment Fund)
  • Third Place: $300
  • Merit Awards: $100

Award for Best Chopin Performance will be given by the Chopin Foundation of the U.S.: $1,000

Piano Duet (one-piano/four-hands)

Awards made possible by Weekley & Arganbright

  • National Winning Duo: $2,000
  • Second Place Duo: $1,000
  • Third Place Duo: $300
  • Merit Awards (per duo): $100

Voice

Awards made possible by the MTNA Foundation Fund

  • National Winner: $2,000 (supported by the Jane Snow Memorial Scholarship Fund)
  • Second Place: $1,000
  • Third Place: $300
  • Merit Awards: $100

National Awards

  • In order to receive the monetary award, winners are required to perform on the Senior Winners Concert, which takes place from 3:30–5:30 p.m. on the day following the competition at the MTNA National Conference, March 18–22, 2017, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Guidelines

See Performance Competitions Guidelines

Repertoire Requirements

  • No changes in repertoire are allowed following submission of the application. Repertoire must remain the same for all three levels of the competition (State, Division, National).
  • All repertoire submitted with the application must be prepared for each level of the competition (State, Division, National).

MTNA Foundation Fund Senior Brass 

MTNA Foundation Fund Senior String

MTNA Foundation Fund Senior Woodwind

  • The program must contain compositions from at least two different periods of music (baroque, classical, romantic, impressionistic, contemporary. Transcriptions are allowed.
  • Memorization is not required.
  • Entrants are limited to one entry per category. Brass or Woodwind entrants may perform on any instrument(s) of their choice (e.g. Alto Saxophone/Tenor Saxophone, Tenor Trombone/Bass Trombone and so on).

Performance time:

  • State Competition:
    • Maximum performance time: twenty-five (25) minutes
  • Division and National Competitions:
    • Maximum performance time: thirty (30) minutes

MTNA-Yamaha Corporation of America Senior Piano

  • The program must contain compositions from at least two different  periods of music (baroque, classical, romantic, impressionistic, contemporary). Transcriptions are allowed. *Note the Chopin prize awarded at the national finals.
  • Memorization is required for all repertoire.
  • Concerto performances are not permitted.
  • Compositions using extended techniques (i.e. introducing foreign objects into the workings of the piano to change the sound quality, strumming or plucking of strings) are not permitted at the request of competition hosts and piano companies providing instruments.

Performance time:

  • State Competition:
    • Maximum performance time: twenty-five (25) minutes
  • Division and National Competitions:
    • Maximum performance time: thirty (30) minutes

 MTNA-Weekley & Arganbright Piano Duet (one piano/four hands)

  • The program must contain compositions from at least two different periods of music (baroque, classical, romantic, impressionistic, contemporary). Transcriptions are allowed.
  • Memorization is not required.
  • Team members may change parts (primo/secondo) for different pieces in their program.
  • A duet team may enter the competitions in only one state.
  • A team member may enter only once in the Piano Duet category in the same competition year.
  • Two teachers may jointly enter a duet team. Both teachers must be listed on the application and must pay current active MTNA dues or the Nonmember Teacher Entry Fee.
  • If the entry involves two different states, the state of entry is determined by the teacher(s).
  • Entrants entering the Piano Duet competition may also enter any other MTNA competitions for which they are eligible.
  • Team members will share any monetary awards.
  • No changes in duet personnel may be made after submission of the application.

Performance time:

  • State Competition:
    • Maximum performance time: twenty-five (25) minutes
  • Division and National Competitions:
    • Maximum performance time: thirty (30) minutes

 MTNA Foundation Fund Senior Voice

  • With the exception of early Italian songs and arias composed before the time of Handel, an art song is music composed for one voice and keyboard.
  • The program must contain only four selections: (include the name of any identifying work from which a song is taken)
    • two non-English art songs sung in the original language
    • one art song sung in English (original language)
    • one selection of the entrant's choice
  • Memorization is required for all repertoire.

Performance Time:

  • Maximum performance time: twenty (20) minutes


Applications will be available in August.

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