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 competition is open to talented pianists, string, and woodwind students at all age levels. In addition voice students and brass players may enter at the senior and young artist level. The MA state competition is the first level of the MTNA performance competitions. The winners of the state competition in the Junior (11-14), Senior (15-18), Young Artist (19-26) and Chamber Music (18-26) levels compete at a Division Competition in the winter. The Division winners then compete at the National Convention in the spring and the winners of that Competition perform in a winners recital for teachers from all over the country. Applications for all categories and levels must be submitted online at the national website by 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. Register at www.mtna.org/programs/competitions/
Location, Dates & Times
The MMTA/MTNA state competitions generally take place on a Saturday or Sunday in late Fall, the date to be determined over the summer. Past competitions have taken place at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. Generally, the junior and senior level of piano competitions will begin early in the morning. Other instrumental and vocal categories may begin later in the day. All entrants should reserve the entire day and inform the competition coordinator if there are conflicts during the day that may affect their scheduling.
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