Marilyn Witcher Junior Honor Competition

RULES AND REQUIREMENTS 2018
The purpose of the competition is for OMTA teachers with national certification to enter 5th & 6th grade pianists and instrumentalists aspiring to be young artists to build confidence in performing repertoire needed to prepare and enter the MTNA Junior Performance Competitions in the following years.

Oklahoma Entry Fee: $30.00
Competition Date: Same date as OMTA Senior Competition Finals "tentative date"-April 27, 2019
Location: McFarlin United Methodist Church, Norman, OK
Online Entry Deadline: April 1, 2019
Chair: Mary Sallee
[email protected]
2721 Tropicana Ave., Norman, OK 73071 Phone:405-447-1370


TEACHER ELIGIBILITY
1. OMTA teachers entering students in the Marilyn Witcher Junior Honor Competition must hold National Certification in the performance area of the competition entrants.
2. OMTA teachers paying dues by June 30, 2018 are eligible to enter students.
3. OMTA teachers paying dues after June 30, 2018 will be required to pay a one time late fee of $25.00 (payable to OMTA) and must be paid with submission of entry form(s) to enter students.
4. A first time OMTA/MTNA teacher with national certification must pay state and national dues by the entry deadline.

TEACHER RESPONSIBILITY
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 adjudicators before, during or after the competition.
4. The teacher must inform students 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 Competition Chair or the Vice President for Auditions and Competitions. 
c. Audio and video taping violates copyright laws and is not permitted.

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY
1. Entrants must be a full-time student in school grades 5 or 6 at the time of the competition.
2. Students studying in a multi-teacher school or studio must be entered under the name of the primary teacher.
3. Students who win the Marilyn Witcher Junior Competition in the 5th grade are not eligible to enter in the 6th grade. (July 2018) 

ENTRY FEE and ENTRY DEADLINE
1. The entry fee is $30.00 for each performance category entered. The teacher MUST complete all entry forms online and either pay online or send one check payable to OMTA to the competition chair by the entry deadline.
2. Entry fees are non-refundable.
3. Entries received without the correct entry fee will not be accepted.
4. The fee for a check returned marked insufficient funds is $15.00. An entrant will not be permitted to perform in the competition until the entry fee and returned check fee have been paid by money order to the OMTA Treasurer.

PIANO REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS
1. Only original solo repertoire (no concerto) will be accepted.
2. Maximum performance time is 15 minutes.
3. Minimum performance time is 8 minutes.
4. Repertoire must include two works from at least two of the three classifications:
a. Baroque or Classical (including Beethoven)
b. Romantic
c. Contemporary or Impressionistic
5. All repertoire must be performed by memory.
6. Each piece must be performed completely, and may not be cut except for dot repeats or first endings.
7. Multi-movements from a multi-movement work will be accepted as one composition.
8. Arrangements, transcriptions and/or adaptations of original solo repertoire will not be accepted.
9. To define style, consult the MTNA Repertoire List, The New Groves Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Guide to the Pianist’s Repertoire 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th Edition by Maurice Hinson and/or Maurice Hinson and Wesley Roberts, or The Pianist's Guide to Standard Teaching and Performance Literature by Jane Magrath.
10. Repertoire cannot be changed after one week after the entry deadline.
11. The entrant is allowed a brief warm-up (one minute maximum) in the competition room before performing for the adjudicator.
12. The entrant will not be disqualified if more than 15 minutes of repertoire is submitted. Only the maximum performance time will be adjudicated.
13. A student may not enter repertoire he/she has previously performed on an OMTA State Conference Program.
14. Pieces for prepared piano will not be acceptable.

INSTRUMENTAL REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS
1. Repertoire must include two works from at least two of the three classifications:
a. Baroque or Classical (including Beethoven)
b. Romantic
c. Contemporary or Impressionistic d. Once the above repertoire requirements are met, the student may complete the time requirement with other repertoire from the periods listed above.
2. Instrumentalists need not perform repertoire from memory.
3. Instrumental repertoire may include concerti.
4. Repertoire written with an accompaniment must be performed with an accompanist. The teacher may accompany their students.
5. Computer generated tapes and CD accompaniments are not permitted.
6. Maximum performance time is 15 minutes. Students will not be disqualified for exceeding time limitations in timed events, although they will be stopped when the time limit expires.
7. Minimum performance time is 8 minutes.
8. Each piece must be performed completely, and may not be cut except for dot repeats or first endings.
9. Multi-movements from a multi-movement work will be accepted as one composition.
10. To define style, consult the MTNA Repertoire List or The New Groves Dictionary of Music and Musicians.
11. Repertoire cannot be changed after one week after the entry deadline.
12. The entrant is allowed a brief warm-up (one minute maximum) in the competition room before performing for the adjudicator.
13. A student may not enter repertoire he/she has previously performed on an OMTA State Conference Program.

REPRODUCTION OF MUSIC
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 is for music which is out of print or still in manuscript (not published). In this case, the teacher must:
a. provide the student with a written 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 but must be attached to the music. 
4. Computer generated music must have proof of purchase.

EXAMINATION OF MUSIC
1. A monitor may examine all music prior to the performance of each entrant and the entrant's accompanist.
2. Entrants must provide original scores for the adjudicator(s). Entrants without an original score for the adjudicator will be permitted to perform for critique only. 
3. Identifying names must be removed from the music.
4. Measure numbers not printed in the music must appear at the beginning of each line.

PERFORMANCE WINNERS
1. The winners will appear in recital during the 2019 OMTA State Conference at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond.
2. Teachers must advise students and parents/guardians of their responsibility if selected as a winner or alternate.
3. The winner will receive a trophy on the day of the competition. Winners' Recital participants will receive a monetary award after their performance at the State Conference.

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

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

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