2022–2023 Junior Performance Competitions

National Coordinator:
Jacqueline Herbein, NCTM


Junior Performance Competitions Registration Will Open in August 2022.

 

***ATTENTION***

  • With the uncertainties caused by COVID-19, states have the option in 2022 to hold live or video competitions. Search for your state to verify the type of competition and other details. Entrants are responsible for verifying the format (live or video) prior to entering the competition.
  • Live accompaniments are preferred for video competitions; however, if entrants are unable meet with accompanists due to state or local orders, prerecorded piano accompaniments are acceptable.
  • MTNA active membership dues must be paid before submission of the registration. A $150 nonmember teacher fee will be assessed if entrant's teacher has not paid active membership dues for the 2022–2023 membership year.
  • Primary communication is via email. The registration must have accurate email addresses for entrant, teacher and parents. Be sure to check spam/junk folders regularly for confirmations and other important information.
  • Division competitions will be an ONLINE-ONLY VIDEO round. Click here for the details of the Division competitions process. An additional division video fee of $20 fee will be required for those advancing to the division level. Deadline for video submission to Acceptd is Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
  • Registration deadline is Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. There will be no exceptions.

The three-tiered Junior Performance Competitions begin with state competitions. With the uncertainties caused by COVID-19, states have the option in 2022 to hold live or video competitions. Search for your state to verify the type of competition and other details.The winners/representatives of each state’s competitions advance to a video-only division competition. All videos will receive comments from the judges. Division winners/representatives will compete in person at the national finals during the annual MTNA National Conference. In the event that the MTNA National Conference is cancelled, the finals will be a video round.

Registration Procedure

  • Age: 11–14 on January 1, 2023
  • Entry Fee: $80
  • Registration deadline: Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. There will be no exceptions.

Competition Categories

  • Piano, String (Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass) and Woodwind (Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Saxophone)

Piano

Awards made possible by Kawai America

  • National Winner: $1,000
  • Second Place: $500
  • Third Place: $300
  • Merit Awards: $100

Award for best performance of a work by a Black composer will be given by Ebony Music Inc.: $500 cash award. Visit the Ebony Music website for suggested repertoire. Note this list is not exhaustive. Entrants may select pieces by other Black composers.

Award for best performance of a work by Chopin will be given by the Chopin Foundation of the U.S.: $500 cash award

String

Awards made possible by the MTNA Foundation Fund

  • National Winner: $1,000
  • Second Place: $500
  • Third Place: $300
  • Merit Awards: $100

Woodwind

Awards made possible by the MTNA Foundation Fund

  • National Winner: $1,000
  • Second Place: $500
  • Third Place: $300
  • Merit Awards: $100

National Awards

  • In order to receive the monetary award, national performance competition winners are required to perform on the Junior Winners Concert, which takes place 3:30–5:00 p.m. on the day following the competition at the MTNA National Conference, March 25–29, 2023, in Reno, Nevada.

Guidelines

See Performance Competitions Guidelines.

Repertoire Requirements

  • No changes in repertoire are allowed following submission of the registration. Repertoire must remain the same for all three levels of the competition (State, Division, National).
  • All repertoire submitted with the registration must be prepared for each level of the competition (State, Division, National).
  • Programs may be over or under the performance time limit. Programs over the time limit at any level of the competition will be cut at the judges' discretion.

    MTNA Foundation Fund Junior String
    MTNA Foundation Fund Junior Woodwind

    • The program must contain compositions from at least two different periods of music (baroque, classical, romantic, impressionistic, contemporary). Transcriptions are allowed.
    • Memorization is not required.
    • Entrants are limited to one entry per category. Woodwind entrants may perform on any instrument(s) of their choice (e.g. alto saxophone/tenor saxophone and so on).
      Performance Time:
      • Maximum performance time: twenty (20) minutes

    MTNA-Kawai Junior Piano

    • The program must contain compositions from at least two different periods of music (baroque, classical, romantic, impressionistic, contemporary). Transcriptions are allowed. *Note the Ebony Music and Chopin prizes awarded at the national finals.
    • Memorization is required for all repertoire.
    • Concerto performances are not permitted.
    • Compositions using extended techniques (i.e. introducing foreign objects into the workings of the piano to change the sound quality, strumming or plucking of strings) are not permitted at the request of competition hosts and piano companies providing instruments.
      Performance Time:
      • Maximum performance time: twenty (20) minutes

Junior Performance Competitions Registration Will Open in August 2022.