MTNA Junior Performance Competition

Application Information





Application Deadline

September 11

Awarded By:

Music Teachers National Association

Number of Awards & Eligibility: 13 awards offered annually.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen or hold a U.S. visa or permanent residence (green card) which is valid throughout the competition year.
  3. Must be 11-14 years of age as of Jan. 1.
  4. Must enter the competition in one of the following categories: piano; string (violin, viola, cello, string bass); or woodwind (flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone).
  5. Must reside in the United States during the competition year.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This music performance competition is open to U.S. students who are 11-14 years of age as Jan. 1. The competition categories are piano, string (violin, viola, cello, string bass), and woodwind (flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone).

Application requirements for the MTNA Junior Performance Competition are:

  • Application form
  • Repertoire
  • $80 entry fee
Additional Information: The purposes of the Music Teachers National Association Performance competitions are to provide educational experiences for students and teachers and to recognize exceptionally talented young artists and their teachers in their pursuit of musical excellence. The state competitions are considered the primary educational level with the division and national levels showcasing outstanding performance and honoring significant pedagogical achievement. Students must enter the competition either in the state where the student has permanent residence or in the state where music instruction takes place. The state where the instruction takes place is defined as where the student is located during Skype, FaceTime lessons, or distance learning by similar means. A student may enter the competition in only one state. In order to receive the monetary award, winners are required to perform at 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. A complete rehearsal and performance schedule is available online on the MTNA website.

Award Amount: Awards are given in each category (piano, string, woodwind) as follows: national winner, $1,000; second place, $500; third place, $300; merit award, $100. In the piano category, the best Chopin performance will receive $500. All awards are cash prizes and are non-renewable.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $477.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Friday, September 11, 2020

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Friday, September 11, 2020

Application information is available online on the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) website. Please note: The student's music teacher must be a current active member of MTNA and have paid dues or must pay the non-member fee of $150 prior to accessing the competition application. The student will need the following information to complete the application: complete repertoire information (movement numbers, tempo markings, timings); student and teacher names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses; parent email address; and a valid credit card number for payment of the $80 entry fee. Detailed information on the required repertoire is available online. Applications must be submitted by 3:00 p.m. ET on the deadline date.
About Music Teachers National Association:
Contact Information: Jacqueline Herbein, National Coordinator
Address: 3008 Bryer Ridge Ct. Export, Pennsylvania 15632

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