MTNA Composition Competition

Application Information

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Amount Awarded


Application Deadline

September 13

Awarded By

Music Teachers National Association

Award Amount

Awards are given in each level as follows: elementary winner, $500; elementary second place, $400; elementary third place, $300; junior winner, $1,000; junior second place, $500; junior third place, $300; senior winner, $2,000; senior second place, $1,000; senior third place, $300; young artist winner, $3,000; young artist second place, $1,500; young artist third place, $300. All awards are cash prizes and are non-renewable.


12 awards offered annually.

Additional Information

Students may submit only one entry, and only one student per entry is permitted. Students may enter in only one state. State and division winners/representatives will advance to the next level of the competition. Compositions may be in any style, and must have been prepared with the teacher listed on the application. The performance time cannot exceed 10 minutes. Only compositions for nine performers or less will be accepted. Electronic realizations of larger scale works are not allowed. Compositions for prepared piano are not permitted at the request of competition hosts and piano companies providing instruments. The composition of each national composition competition winner must be performed at the appropriate Winners Concert during the MTNA National Conference. Performances must be on the instrument(s) for which the submitted composition was written. Winners must provide their own musicians for this concert, and only live performances are allowed. Teachers may perform a student's composition at any level. Winners must be present at this concert in order for their compositions to be performed and to receive the monetary award. Competition financial obligations are the responsibility of the entrant. A national first-place MTNA winner may not enter again in the same Composition Competition Level (Elementary, Junior, Senior, Young Artist).

Deadline Info

Application information will be available online on the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) website in August. Please note: The student's music teacher must be a current active member of MTNA a ... sign up for full scholarship deadline information.

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