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MTNA Competitions

Changes for 2023:

Communication: All future correspondence will be addressed to the teacher. Information will NOT be sent to each individual student/parent. Any emails received from a student/parent will be redirected to the teacher. Please do not copy students/parents to emails sent to the chair.

Application Deadline: The OMTA Collegiate Competitions will now follow the same deadline as the MTNA Competitions. This will allow the schedule to be finalized two weeks sooner.

Performance Times: Final times will be posted on a website. This link will be shared after the application deadline has passed.

Schedule Conflicts: Teachers can send schedule conflicts before the application deadline. No request is guaranteed. Time requests will not be accommodated after the application deadline. All performance times posted after the application deadline are final.

Event Weekend: This event is held on a Saturday and Sunday, all day. Please be prepared to be available on either day at any time.


The MTNA Student Competitions consist of three levels:
State Competition, Division Competition and National Finals.

Performance Competitions

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.

Categories have specific times requirements:
MTNA Junior- max. 20 min.
MTNA Senior- max. 25 min.
MTNA Young Artist- max. 30 min.

Composition Competitions

The purpose of the Music Teachers National Association composition competition is to encourage creativity and self-expression in student musicians through the art of composing and to recognize their achievements, as well as the significant work of their teachers.

Winners Recital

MTNA competition winners will be invited, but not required to perform at the Winners Recital at the State Conference in June. The competition chair will send a link to an online Winners Recital Form. Winners must complete the form with the required information about the student and repertoire to be performed.

OMTA-Sponsored Awards for MTNA Competition Winners

Winners of any MTNA competition will have their entry fee reimbursed by OMTA. Current MTNA Competition entry fee amounts are as follows:

MTNA Composition Competition
Elementary $ 50
Junior High $ 70
Senior High $100
Young Artist (Collegiate) $100

MTNA Performance Competition
Junior (Junior High) $ 80
Senior (High School) $110
Young Artist (Collegiate) $120
Chamber Music $120

OMTA-Sponsored Travel Grants for MTNA National Competition

Winners, Representatives, and Alternates all qualify for OMTA-sponsored travel grants should the individual advance to the MTNA National Finals. A student who performs at the national level shall receive a travel grant of $350 paid at the MTNA conference following the performance.  The total to a College Chamber Music ensemble shall not exceed $750.


Students who face no competition at the state level due to being the only entrant in their category, may still have the entry fee reimbursed and perform on the Winners Recital if they play at the state-level competition and receive approval from the competition judge(s). These students are also eligible for travel grants for the MTNA Competition National Finals should they win at the MTNA Division Round.


Alternates will be invited to compete in the Division Round if the first-place winner is unable to submit a video. Alternates are not invited to perform at the OMTA State Conference and will not receive a reimbursement of the state entry fee. Alternates qualify for travel grants if they advance to the MTNA National Finals.

Honorable Mentions

Honorable Mentions receive a commendation but are not awarded a monetary prize.

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