Junior Performance Competitions

National Coordinator:
Jacqueline Herbein, NCTM


***ATTENTION***

  • Applications for the 2017–2018 Competitions are closed.
  • 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 2017–2018 membership year.

Application Procedure

  • Age: 11–14 as of January 1, 2018.
  • Entry Fee: $80.
  • Application deadline: 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

Competition Categories

  • Piano, String (Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass) and Woodwind (Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Saxophone)

Piano

Awards made possible by Kawai America.

  • National Winner: $1,000
  • Second Place: $500
  • Third Place: $300
  • Merit Awards: $100

Award for Best Chopin Performance will be given by the Chopin Foundation of the U.S.: $500 cash award

String

Awards made possible by the Yamaha Corporation of America, Orchestral Strings Division.

  • National Winner: $1,000
  • Second Place: $500
  • Third Place: $300
  • Merit Awards: $100

Woodwind

Awards made possible by the MTNA Foundation Fund.

  • National Winner: $1,000
  • Second Place: $500
  • Third Place: $300
  • Merit Awards: $100

National Awards

  • In order to receive the monetary award, winners are required to perform on the Junior Winners Concert, which takes place from 3:30–5:30 p.m. on the day following the competition at the MTNA National Conference, March 17–21, 2018, at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

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).
  • Programs may be over or under the performance time limit. Programs over the time limit at any level of the competition will be cut at the judges' discretion.

    MTNA-Yamaha Corporation of America Junior String
    MTNA Foundation Fund Junior 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. Woodwind entrants may perform on any instrument(s) of their choice (e.g. alto saxophone/tenor saxophone and so on).
      Performance Time:
      • Maximum performance time: twenty (20) minutes

    MTNA-Kawai Junior 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:
      • Maximum performance time: twenty (20) minutes