• September 4, 2020

    Online Application available

  • 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time, January 4, 2021

    Completed application and uploaded videos due

  • January 20, 2021

    Notification of finalist acceptance or non-acceptance

  • March 15, 2021

    Rehearsals for the Finals 5:00–10:00 p.m.

  • March 16, 2021

    Competition Finals, Awards Ceremony, and Winners Concert at the 2021 MTNA National Conference at the Hilton Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia


The MTNA–Stecher and Horowitz Two Piano Competition is open to pianists between the ages of 18–29 during the time of the competition (September 4, 2020–March 16, 2021). Both duo performers must be U.S. citizens or hold a U.S. visa or permanent residence (green card), which is valid throughout the competition year. Both performers must reside in the U.S during the competition year.


  1. Applications consist of the following:
    1. Completed Online Application Form.
    2. Application fee of $150, non-refundable, payable through the online application system.
    3. Scanned copy of the performers’ birth certificates, passports or other official documents verifying date and place of birth.
    4. High-quality performance video files, totaling 30–40 minutes, suitable for evaluation. (Refer to Video Files for Competition).
  2. Completed application is due by 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time, January 3, 2020. No late applications accepted. Application materials become the property of MTNA. Applicants should retain copies of submitted materials. MTNA is not responsible for any lost documents. Upon receipt of complete application, acknowledgement will be sent to each applicant.
  3. Notification of selection or non-selection as finalists or non-finalists will be sent to all applicants on or about January 20, 2021. Five duos will be selected to compete at the MTNA National Conference on March 16, 2021.
  4. Please direct all questions about the application to MTNA.


  1. Only original compositions written specifically for two pianos are allowed. Transcriptions are not permitted. The only exceptions are works that were transcribed for two pianos by the original composer (i.e. Ravel's La Valse, which is transcribed for two pianos by Ravel).
  2. The program must contain repertoire from at least two different periods of music: baroque, classical, romantic, impressionistic or contemporary. Movements or sections are acceptable. The movement or section must be complete.
  3. The online competition and live competition program may not exceed 40 minutes. Repertoire must remain the same for both rounds.
  4. Repertoire must be listed accurately on the Application Form. Include title, number, key, opus, movements and duration of each piece.
  5. Memorization is not required.


  1. Submitted video files should be selected from the repertoire listed under Repertoire Requirements. One video file should be submitted for each composition.
  2. The video must be of high and professional quality recorded at the same location. No editing is allowed. The video recording must be made with one fixed camera, mounted on a tripod, focused such that both pianists and pianos are visible.
  3. Each piece must be uploaded as an individual video file.
  4. All video files must be recorded within three months of submission.


  1. The MTNA–Stecher and Horowitz Two Piano Competition will consist of two rounds: a Preliminary Round where competitors submit videos via Accept’d for adjudication, and a Final Round for five duos that takes place live at the MTNA National Conference.
  2. For the Preliminary Round, three adjudicators will evaluate and rank numerically all duos in order from highest to lowest. The rankings of all three adjudicators will be added together to determine the rank order of each duo from highest to lowest.
  3. The five duos with the highest cumulative scores will be the five finalists that advance to the final round. In the event of a tie(s) among the duos that are eligible to advance to the final round, the adjudicators will confer on the eligible duos so as to break the tie(s).
  4. Only the original members of the duo may compete in the finals. If, for any reason, a duo selected for the finals is unable to perform with the same members of the duo that competed in the Preliminary Round, or if the duo is unable to attend the final round, the duo will be replaced by the next duo listed in final rank order. In the event that an alternate duo cannot be procured before the Final Round, the competition will be held with fewer than five competing duos.

PRIZES AND AWARDS, totaling $10,000


Cash Award: $5,000
Divided equally between the two pianists
First Prize Certificate


Cash Award: $3,000
Divided equally between the two pianists
Second Prize Certificate


Cash Award: $1,000
Divided equally between the two pianists
Third Prize Certificate

In addition to prizes awarded to the winners, a cash award of $400 and merit certificates are presented to each of the remaining finalists.


  1. Finalists are responsible for their own travel arrangements and expenses to and from the 2021 MTNA National Conference finals.
  2. Finalists will be assigned practice time prior to the final competition on Monday, March 15, 2021, between 5:00 and 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Competitors should plan their travel to allow for this practice and travel fatigue.
  3. The finals will take place from 8:00 a.m. Central Time to 12:00 noon Eastern Time, Tuesday, March 16, 2021.
  4. All finalists are required to appear at the Awards Ceremony on March 16, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
  5. The first prize winners are required to perform a selection from their repertoire not to exceed 8 minutes at the Winners Concert on March 16, 2021, at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
  6. All finalists will be provided with an IRS 1099 form for their prizes and awards for U.S. tax purposes.


  1. The decisions made by the jury of the Competition are final and are not subject to query, review or appeal.
  2. Any competitor may be disqualified for failure to comply with the rules and procedures pertaining to the Competition.
  3. Finalists are not permitted to contact or speak with any member of the jury at any time during the Competition.
  4. Entrants will abide by all copyright laws and have permission to use all music given to judges during the competitions as outlined here.
  5. MTNA will be the sole arbiter of any allegation, and its decisions are final.