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MTNA Competition: Information for Entrants and Parents

We are happy to welcome you as a participant in the Massachusetts state level of the MTNA Competitions (click here for directions). To make your competition process as smooth as possible, please review the following guidelines and procedures. If you have any other questions, please contact the appropriate competition official.  The portion of the competition which takes place in the Recital Hall at Brandeis is open to the public.  All other portions are private due to space constraints.


All entrants must check-in at the registration desk prior to their audition.

Entrants will receive an email with their assigned time in early November. Be sure you have registered with a current email address that you regularly check!

  • Sign in at the registration desk and have music checked. Besides music for you and your accompanist (if applicable), bring one (1) score of each piece you are performing for the judges (mark measure numbers).
  • An adult over the age of eighteen (18) will be required to sign a Music Release Form for the use of any reproduced music.
  • Practice facilities at the competition site will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Be outside the competition room ten (10) minutes before your scheduled performance time.
  • All entrants should be present for the announcement of the results of the competition.
  • Within one (1) week following the state competition, non-piano winners must submit an online Accompanist Information Form on the MTNA website. Winner must enter name of accompanist or pay the official accompanist fee.
  • State winners will be required to submit a photo, 75-word bio and other PR information immediately following the State Competitions.
  • MTNA recommends that students under the age of eighteen (18) be accompanied by an adult at all levels of the competition. MTNA will exercise all reasonable caution to provide a safe environment for all entrants but cannot guarantee the safety of all entrants.
  • Teachers, coaches, entrants, parents and guardians should not interact in any way with judges before or during the competition at any level.
  • Audio or video recording and photography of competitions are strongly discouraged. With the advances in technology (small hand-held recorders, cell phone recorders, etc.), it is impossible to prohibit this. However, these guidelines must be followed:
    1. Parents can record only their student/child and no other students.
    2. Recordings are unobtrusive (no tripods, no lights, standing in aisles, in front of the stage, etc.)
    3. Recordings must be done for private purposes only and not distributed outside the immediate family
  • Should any unforeseen circumstance prevent you from competing, please contact the State Chairman immediately.
  • When e-mailing competition officials, include the state and competition category in the subject line of your message (e.g. MA Junior String). Also, make sure your full name is in the e-mail.


1.                   Parents can record only their student/child and no other students

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