Junior Competition

There will be three Junior Competition Centers as follows for 2018:

Tulsa- November 10, 2018 ORU
Shawnee- November 10, 2018 OBU
Oklahoma City- October 27, 2018 SNU

The local associations for each center will be determined by distance. Recital and awards ceremony will take place on the same day following the competition. The Junior Competition Chairs of Tulsa, Shawnee, and Oklahoma City will chair their respective centers with the help of the Junior competition chairs from each of the remaining local associations.

For any questions, notify Jr. Competitions Coordinator, Ron Lewis, [email protected]

The purpose of the Junior Competition is to give students who exhibit a sufficient level of performance skill the opportunity to perform in a competitive event and if chosen as a Winner, proceed to the Winners Recital. It is the responsibility of the teacher to select repertoire suitable both to the needs of the student and for presentation on a recital for teachers.

7th-8th graders may enter the Junior Competition in voice.
Voice Repertoire Requirements 
Contact for Vocal Repertoire Questions:
Louima Lilite, [email protected] or 714-253-2856


Teachers must enter students in the competition center nearest the teacher's studio within the district. Entries will not be
accepted by any other competition chair.



1. A first time OMTA teacher must pay state and national dues by the entry deadline of the Junior Competition.
2. Continuing OMTA teachers paying dues by June 30 are eligible to enter students.
3. Continuing OMTA teachers paying dues after June 30 will be required to pay a one-time $25 late fee to enter students. This fee must be paid with submission of entry forms.

1. It is the responsibility of each OMTA teacher to abide by the printed rules of the competition.
2. Failure to abide by the printed rules will result in the disqualification of the entrant.
3. The teacher may not have contact with the adjudicator before, during, or after the competition.
4. The teacher must inform students and parents of their obligation to abide by the printed rules of the competition.
a. The parent and/or student may not have contact with the adjudicator before, during, or after the competition.
b. The parent and/or student may not have contact with the Vice-President for Auditions and Competitions or any OMTA Board Member.
c. Audio and video taping violates copyright laws and is not permitted.

1. Students must be in school grades 3-8 at the time of the competition.
2. Student may enter in piano, voice, and/or orchestral instruments.
3. Students studying in a multi-teacher school or studio must be entered under the name of the primary teachers.
4. A student may enter for critique only.

1. The entry fee is $20.00 for each performance category entered. The teacher must enter all students using the online form and pay with credit card. The form will accept multiple students and can be submitted as many times as necessary until midnight the day of the entry deadline for each respective site.
2. Entry fees are non-refundable.
3. Entries submitted after the deadline will not be accepted and entry fees will not be refunded.
4. Entries will not be accepted by telephone or email.

1. The entrant is allowed a brief warm-up (1 minute maximum) in the competition room before performing for the adjudicator.
2. Maximum performance time is: a. Grades 3-4 - 4 minutes b. Grades 5-6 - 6 minutes c. Grades 7-8 - 7 minutes 3. Students will not be disqualified for exceeding time limitations in timed events, although they will be stopped when the time limit expires. 

1. Only solo (no concerto) repertoire accepted
2. Only original piano repertoire accepted
3. Memorization is required
4. The following repertoire will not be accepted: a. Simplified arrangements of original solo repertoire b. Arrangements, transcriptions, and/or adaptations of original solo repertoire c. Popular music, hymns, folk songs, orchestral reductions, concerto written for any instrument, and vocal arrangements
5. See requirements applicable for both piano and instrumental repertoire.

1. Repertoire written with accompaniment must be performed with an accompanist. The teacher may accompany their students.
2. Computer generated tapes and CD accompaniments are not permitted.
3. See requirements applicable to both piano and instrumental repertoire.
4. Repertoire for non-piano instrumentalists need not be memorized.

1. Repertoire suitable for the student and for presentation on a Winners’ Recital should be selected.
2. Multi-movements from a multi-movement work will be accepted as one composition.
3. A group of pieces taken from a collection by the same composer is not considered a multi-movement work and only one piece will be accepted on the entry form.
4. All variations must be performed in a theme and variation work.
5. A composition must be at least 16 measures in length without repeats.
6. Compositions may not be cut or altered except for dot repeats. First endings may be cut following a D.S. or D.C. repeat.
7. A student may not enter a composition performed on a previous OMTA conference program.
8. Repertoire changes will not be accepted after 1 week past the entry deadline.
9. Pieces for prepared piano will not be acceptable.
10. Non-piano instrumentalists/ repertoire need not be memorized.

1. Reproduction of music, including transpositions by hand or machine may not be used by accompanists and may not be provided for the adjudicator(s).
2. The only exception to this rule if for music which is out of print or still in manuscript (not published). Then the teacher must: a. Provide the student with a letter of permission from the publisher or copyright holder to copy the music b. The letter of permission must be presented at the competition
3. Reproduction of single pages may be used by the accompanist to facilitate page turns. The published score must be on the music rack.
4. Computer-generated music scores must have proof of purchase.

1. A monitor may examine all music prior to the performance of each entrant and the entrant's accompanist.
2. Entrants must provide an original score for the adjudicator(s). Entrants without an original score for the adjudicator will be permitted, provided all other competition requirements have been met, to perform for critique only and will not be considered as a winner, alternate, or honorable mention.
3. Reproduced music without a letter of permission from the publisher and/or copyright holder will be removed and may not be used by the accompanist or provided for the adjudicator(s). The entrant will not be permitted to perform the music in violation of this rule.
4. Reproduced pages to facilitate page turns must be clipped to the original page in the score.
5. Identifying names must be removed from the music.
6. Measure numbers not printed in the music must appear in each measure or at the beginning of each line.

1. The ratio of winners in each group will be determined by the Coordinator for Junior Competitions.
2. Teachers entering students must advise students and parents/guardians of their responsibility if selected as a winner or alternate.
3. Being selected as a winner to perform on a Winners' Recital is an accomplishment for the student and the teacher. The teacher is responsible for notifying the Competition Chair if a winner is unable to perform on the Winners' Recital. This will allow the alternate to be notified.
4. Winners who fail to perform on the program will forfeit their awards.
5. An alternate will be selected for each winner if the quality of the performance warrants and must be prepared to perform on the Winners' Recital if notified.
6. Performers will receive a trophy after performing on the Winners' Recital.

1. The competition performance is open to the public.
2. The critique sheet and music must be picked up by the student, the teacher, or another designated person. The materials cannot be mailed at a later date.

1. The decision of the adjudicator(s) is final.
2. The quality of the performance will determine the selection of the winner rather than the length or difficulty of the composition.
3. The adjudicator(s) have the prerogative not to declare a winner, alternate, or honorable mention.


No refund will be given for entry fees if an OMTA audition or competition must be cancelled due to inclement weather.

Entry Form (Members Only)
Critique Sheet (Members Only)
Competition Chair Guidelines (Members Only)