Competition Guidelines

Applications for all competitions except Chamber Music will be available in August 2020
Chamber Music applications will be available November 4, 2020

***ATTENTION***

  • With the uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, states have the option in 2020 to hold live or video competitions. Search for your state  to verify the type of competition and other details. Entrants are responsible for verifying the format (live or video) prior to entering the competition.
  • In the event that the MTNA National Conference is cancelled, the finals will be a video round.
  • Live accompaniments are preferred for video competitions; however, if entrants are unable meet with accompanists due to state or local orders, prerecorded accompaniments are acceptable.
  • Applications for Chamber Music String and Chamber Music Wind will be available Wednesday, November 4, 2020.
  • Deadline for Chamber Music application and video submissions to Acceptd is Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. There will be no exceptions.
  • Age of Chamber Music ensemble members must be 18–29 as of January 1, 2021.
  • MTNA active membership dues must be paid before submission of the application. A $150 nonmember teacher fee will be assessed if entrant's teacher has not paid active membership dues for the 2020–2021 membership year.
  • Application deadline is Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. There will be no exceptions.

The three-tiered Junior, Senior and Young Artist Performance Competitions begin with state competitions. With the uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, states have the option in 2020 to hold live or video competitions. Search for your state  to verify the type of competition and other details. The winners/representatives of each state’s competitions advance to a video-only division competition. All videos will receive comments from the judges. Division winners/representatives compete in person at the national finals during annual MTNA National Conference. In the event that the MTNA National Conference is cancelled, the finals will be a video round.

Competitions

Elementary (Composition Only)

  • Age: 5–10 as of January 1, 2021
  • Entry Fee: $50

Junior

  • Age: 11–14 as of January 1, 2021
  • Competitions: Composition, Piano, String and Woodwind
  • Performance Entry Fee: $80
    • Division Video Submission Fee: $20 paid directly to Acceptd
  • Composition Entry Fee: $70

Senior

  • Age: 15–18 as of January 1, 2021
  • Piano Duet (one piano/four hands) Age: 11–18 as of January 1, 2021, with at least one student age 15–18.
  • Competitions: Composition, Brass, Piano, Piano Duet, String, Voice and Woodwind
  • Performance Entry Fee: $110
    • Division Video Submission Fee: $20 paid directly to Acceptd
  • Composition Entry Fee: $100

Young Artist

  • Age: 19–26 as of January 1, 2021
  • Competitions: Composition, Brass, Piano, String, Voice and Woodwind
  • Performance Entry Fee: $120
    • Division Video Submission Fee: $20 paid directly to Acceptd
  • Composition Entry Fee: $100

Chamber Music (3–6 performers)

  • Age: Ensemble members must be 18–29 as of January 1, 2021
  • Competitions: String and Wind
  • Entry Fee: $120 for each ensemble
    • Video Submission Fee: $20 paid directly to Acceptd

The National Finals of the competitions are March 13–14, 2021, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Entrant Requirements

The following requirements must be met by the application deadline; otherwise, the entrant is not eligible to enter the competitions.

Each entrant must:

  • Study with a teacher who is (1) a member of MTNA or (2) pay the Nonmember Teacher Fee of $150.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or must hold a U.S. visa or permanent residence (green card), which is valid throughout the competition year.
  • Reside in the U.S. during the competition year.
  • Meet age requirements as specified for each competition.

Entrants may enter any MTNA competitions for which they are eligible. Entrants may enter each individual competition in only one state according to the following:

Solo and Composition Competitions:

  • Enter either (1) in the state where the entrant has permanent residence or (2) in the state where the instruction takes place. For distance learning, the state where the instruction takes place is defined as where the entrant is located during Skype, FaceTime lessons or similar means of instruction.

Piano Duet Competitions:

  • Enter either (1) in the state where at least one member of the duet team has permanent residence or (2) in the state where the instruction takes place. For distance learning, the state where the instruction takes place is defined as where the duet team is located during Skype, FaceTime lessons or similar means of instruction. If the permanent residence of the team involves two different states, the teacher(s) determines the state of entry.

Teacher Requirements

  • Teachers must be aware of the entrant requirements.
  • The teacher listed on the application is the teacher of record and shall remain so during the competition year. In the event the entrant changes teachers during the competition year, both teachers, past and present, will be listed as the teachers of record. Any exception is at the sole discretion of the MTNA Director of Competitions in consultation with the Competitions Committee, but in no event will the entrant be disqualified as a result of a teacher change.
  • The teacher and the entrant may not be the same individual.
  • Teachers must reside in the U.S. during the competition year.

MTNA Member Teachers

  • Current active membership dues for MTNA must be paid prior to accessing the competition application. MTNA members are not required to be members in the state of entry.
  • An MTNA collegiate member must pay active membership dues to enter students.

Nonmember Teachers

  • Nonmembers teachers entering students are encouraged to pay current active membership dues for MTNA or entrants will be assessed the $150 Nonmember Teacher fee at the time of application.

Additional State Fees

  • Additional fees may be levied by some MTNA state affiliates. Entrants will be contacted by the affiliate if a fee is required. No entrant will be disqualified for nonpayment of the state fee.

Competition Agreement

  • Entrant, parents/guardians and teacher have read, understand and agree to the Guidelines for the 2020–2021 MTNA Competitions. Failure to abide by these rules and regulations will make the entrant ineligible to receive recognition or awards.
  • Entrants under age 18 have parent/guardian permission to enter MTNA competitions.
  • Credit card holder has authorized use to complete the application.
  • All entry fees are nonrefundable.
  • Entrant will abide by all copyright laws and has permission to use all music given to judges and accompanists during the competitions as outlined here.
  • MTNA is not responsible for problems with Internet service or phones.

2021 National Rehearsals, Competitions and Winners Concerts: Atlanta, Georgia

Competitions Rehearse Compete Concert
Junior March 12
March 13
March 14
Senior March 13
March 14
March 15
Young Artist March 14
March 15
March 16
Chamber Music March 12
March 13
March 14
Composition N/A N/A March 14–16

MTNA Student Competitions Application Instructions

Entry fees are nonrefundable.

Information needed for application:

  • Complete repertoire information (movement numbers, tempo markings of the movements and exact timings)
  • Entrant and teacher names, address, telephone number(s), e-mail address of entrant, parent, teacher
  • Valid credit card number and security code (American Express, Master Card, Visa—Discover Cards are not accepted.)

Applications for all competitions except Chamber Music will be available in August 2020