MTNA National Competitions

The 2019–2020 MTNA Competitions entry deadline was Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 3:00 P.M. Eastern Time.

This year’s state competition will be taking place at UConn’s School of Fine Arts (Music Building and VDM), on Saturday, November 9, 2019.  The MTNA competitions include piano, composition, strings, brass, woodwind, voice, and chamber music divisions, and the Applications must be fully completed and submitted by that time.

The three-tiered Junior, Senior and Young Artist Performance Competitions begin with live state competitions. The winners/representatives of each state’s competitions advance to a video-only division competition. Division winners compete in the national finals at the annual MTNA National Conference.

Composition Competitions, for Elementary, Junior, Senior and Young Artist levels, are also three tiers. The winners/representatives of each state’s competition advance to the division competition. Division winners compete in the national finals. The national winners have their compositions performed at the annual MTNA National Conference.

Effective with the 2019–2020 competition year, the Chamber Music Competitions will move to a two-tier competition: the preliminary round, by video submission only; and the final round, live at the MTNA National Conference. Ensembles will compete without regard to the state or division in which they live or take lessons, and seven ensembles will be selected in both the String and Wind categories from a nationwide pool of applicants to compete in the final round.

Please note:


·         DIVISION COMPETITIONS ARE AN ONLINE-VIDEO ROUND. Videos for the Division round are not submitted until after the state competitions. Instructions will be sent to state winners and representatives.

·         NATIONAL FINALS ARE A LIVE ROUND, March 21–25 in Chicago, Illinois.

·         MTNA active membership dues for the 2019–2020 year must be paid prior to completing the application to avoid being assessed the $150 non-member fee.

·         Teachers are responsible for verifying all repertoire on the applications of their students.

More information is found here: MTNA Competitions