Junior Performance Competitions

National Coordinator:
Jacqueline Herbein, NCTM


***ATTENTION***

  • NEW THIS YEAR
    • Division competitions will be an ONLINE-ONLY VIDEO round. Click here for the details of the new Division competitions process. An additional division video fee of $20 fee will be required for those advancing to the division level.
    • Accompanist fee for national finals will be $115 for junior string and woodwind entrants
  • 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 2018–2019 membership year.
  • Application deadline is Wednesday, September 12, 2018 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on. There will be no exceptions.

Application Procedure

  • Age: 11–14 as of January 1, 2019
  • Entry Fee: $80
    • Division Video Submission Fee: $20 paid directly to Acceptd
  • Application deadline: 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time Wednesday, September 12, 2018. There will be no exceptions.

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 16–20, 2019, in Spokane, Washington.

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