District Achievement Audition

DISTRICT FAQ (FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS)
STATE FAQ (FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS)

RULES AND REQUIREMENTS 2018---
The purpose of the Achievement Audition is to provide a noncompetitive event to recognize and encourage individual achievement without comparison to, or contrast with, other students of similar age and length of study. 

TEACHER ELIGIBILITY
1. OMTA teachers paying dues by June 30 of the current fiscal year are eligible to enter students.
a. Teachers paying dues after June 30, must pay a one-time late fee of $25 to enter competitions and auditions.
b. A new teacher joining OMTA during the fiscal year must pay state and national dues by the entry deadline.
2. Collegiate Members may enter students.
3. Students must have studied for at least 6 months before the date of the audition. It is strongly recommended that the student perform only literature studied with the teacher entering the student.

TEACHER RESPONSIBILITY
If a student arrives at District or State Achievement with a piece that does not meet the OMTA guidelines or is different from what was registered, they will play for 'critique only'. 'Critique only' does not qualify for State Achievement nor any awards.

1. Should the teacher submit repertoire in violation of the requirements:
a.  If discovered prior to the audition, the teacher will be contacted by the District Chair and given the opportunity to change the piece.
b. If the student is unable to change repertoire, the student will be allowed to perform the piece in violation of the requirement and will receive a critique only.
c. If the repertoire error is not discovered until the audition, the student will be allowed to perform the piece in violation of the requirements and will receive a critique only.
2. May not have contact with the adjudicator before, during, or after the audition.
3. Inform parents and students that they may not have contact with the adjudicator before, during, or after the audition.
4. Inform parents and students that they may not contact OMTA audition chairs or officers.  All contact between parents or students and OMTA is done through the teacher.

AUDITION CENTERS
1. Teachers must enter students in the audition center nearest the teacher's studio within the district.
2. In extenuating circumstances, a teacher may contact a District Chair outside of the teacher's area and ask permission for a student(s) to transfer.This request must be made via email and sent to the teacher's local District Chair as well as to the District Chair of the center that the teacher is seeking a transfer into for the student(s).Requests must be submitted before the postmark deadline.  It will be the decision of the District Chair to accept or decline the transfer.

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY
1. Solo Division
 
Piano: Grades K-12
Orchestral Instruments: Grades K-12
Voice: Grades 7-12

2. Merit Division
All Entrants are required to take a Theory Test (any level and be in grades 3-12)

Piano: Grades 3-12
Orchestral instruments: Grades 3-12
Voice: Grades 7-12
All entrants are required to take a Theory Test (any level) and be in Grades 3-12

3. Students studying with more than one teacher must be entered by the primary teacher.
4. Students must have studied for at least 6 months before the audition date.

ENTRY FEE and ENTRY DEADLINE
1. Fee for performance and theory test: $25.00.
2. Fee for theory test only: $5.00.
3. Fee for the State Achievement Audition, payable at the District Audition: $25.00
4. Entry Fees are non-refundable, and payable online. If paying by check, mail to the District Chair of your center. This must be received by the entry deadline.
5. Entries will only be accepted using the online District Achievement Entry Form. Entries will not be accepted by telephone or email.
6. Teacher must submit the online entry form by the online entry deadline. Entries will not be accepted after the online entry deadline.
7. Changes in repertoire or theory levels will not be accepted later than one week after the online entry deadline.

PERFORMANCE TIME
1. Maximum warm-up time in audition room: 1 minute
2. Maximum performance time: 7 minutes

PERFORMANCE CATEGORIES 
1. Solo Division
a. One memorized solo for a rating
b. Students receiving I+, I, or I- are eligible to enter the State Achievement Audition performing the same solo
2. Merit Division
a. Two memorized solos of equal difficulty
b. Solo listed first on the Entry Form will be performed at the District Audition.
c. Students receiving I+ or I at the District Audition will perform the second solo on the entry form at the State Audition.
d. A Merit entrant receiving I- at the District Audition must play the same solo at the State Audition.
e. Repertoire may not be changed between District and State Auditions.

AWARDS
If a student arrives at District or State Achievement with a piece that does not meet the OMTA guidelines or is different from what was registered, they will play for 'critique only'. 'Critique only' does not qualify for State Achievement nor any awards.

1. Solo Division and Merit Division
a. I+ rating: Medal
b. I rating: Medal
2. Theory- click here (theory tests/awards are given to the teacher at a later date)

PIANO REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS
If a student arrives at District or State Achievement with a piece that does not meet the OMTA guidelines or is different from what was registered, they will play for 'critique only'. 'Critique only' does not qualify for State Achievement nor awards

1. Memorization is required
2. Only original solo piano repertoire accepted- no concertos
3. Not Accepted:
a. Pre-reading (off-staff) music
b. Simplified arrangements of original solo repertoire
c.  Arrangements or adaptations of original solo repertoire
d. Popular music, hymns, folk songs, orchestra reductions, adaptations of vocal repertoire
4. Music must be at least 16 measures in length, excluding 2 dot repeats.
5. Transcriptions of major works must have prior approval from the District Chair if not listed in The Pianist's Guide to Standard Teaching and Performance Literature by Jane Magrath and Guide to the Pianist's Repertoire (through 4th edition) by Maurice Hinson/Wesley Roberts.
6. Multi-movements from a multi-movement work will be accepted as one composition. All variations must be performed in a theme and variation work
7. 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
8. Compositions may not be cut or altered except for dot repeats. First endings may be cut following a D.S. or D.C. repeat
9. Pieces for prepared piano will not be accepted. .

VOICE REQUIREMENTS
Vocal Repertoire Requirements
If a student arrives at District or State Achievement with a piece that does not meet the OMTA guidelines or is different from what was registered, they will play for 'critique only'. 'Critique only' does not qualify for State Achievement nor any awards.

1. Memorization IS required for VOICE.
2. Repertoire written with accompaniment must be performed with an accompanist. Teachers may accompany their students. Computer generated recordings and CD accompaniments are not permitted.

ORCHESTRA INSTRUMENTS REQUIREMENTS
If a student arrives at District or State Achievement with a piece that does not meet the OMTA guidelines or is different from what was registered, they will play for 'critique only'. 'Critique only' does not qualify for State Achievement nor any awards.

1. Memorization IS NOT required for orchestra instruments. 
2. Repertoire written with accompaniment must be performed with an accompanist. Teachers may accompany their students. Computer generated recordings and CD accompaniments are not permitted.
3. Arrangements are accepted.
4. Multi-movements from a multi-movement work will be accepted as one composition. All variations must be performed in a theme and variation work.
5. 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.
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.

REPRODUCTION OF MUSIC
1. Computer-generated music scores must have proof of purchase.
2. Reproduction of music, including transpositions by hand or machine, may not be used by performers, accompanists, or provided for the adjudicator. Accompanist may reproduce single pages to facilitate page turns. The published score must be on the music rack.

Exceptions:  Music out of print, or still in manuscript form (never published)
a. Teacher must provide a letter of permission from the publisher or copyright holder to copy the music.
b. Letter must be presented at the audition.

EXAMINATION OF MUSIC
1. A monitor examines the music before the performance to see that measures are numbered (each measure or at beginning of each line), and to remove any identifying names
2. An original score must be provided for the adjudicator. If not, an entrant will be permitted to perform, but for critique only, and will not receive a rating.
3. An entrant with reproduced music, but without a letter of permission from the publisher or copyright holder, will not be permitted to perform.
4. Reproduced pages to facilitate page turns must be clipped to the original page in the score.

RATINGS
1. The adjudicator must hear all of the memorized solo to award a rating.
2. Ratings: I+, I, I-, II, III, IV
3. Students receiving I+ or I receive a medal and may enter the State Achievement Audition. The State Audition fee is payable at the District Audition.
4. The award, critique sheet, and music must be picked up by the student, the teacher, or another designated person.  Materials will not be mailed to the entrant or teacher.
OMTA Rating System for Piano (PDF)
OMTA Rating System for Strings (PDF)
OMTA Rating System for Voice (PDF)
OMTA Rating System for Winds (PDF)

ADJUDICATORS
1. The quality of the performance determines the rating, rather than length or difficulty.
2. Adjudicators consider: articulation, phrasing, dynamics, tempo, steady beat, correct pedaling, rhythm, style, composer's intentions, and memorization.
3. The decision of the adjudicator is final.  It may not be questioned by the teacher, student or parent.

POLICY
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)
Audition Chair Guidelines
(Members Only)