CSMTA and MTNA would like to invite you and your students to enter the MTNA Music Composition Competition. Application is done on line at the MTNA Website (www.mtna.org) The application is currently open and will close at 3:00 PM on September 13, 2017.
Four levels of entry are available: Elementary Level: Ages 5-10 Junior Level: Ages 11-14 Senior Level: Ages 15-18 Young Artist Level: Ages 19-26 Costs vary by level and can be found on the MTNA Website.
Click on the following link to find the Composition page: http://www.mtna.org/programs/competitions/composition-guidelines/ Competition Rules ■ An entrant may submit only one composition and may enter in only one state. ■ Only one (1) student per entry is allowed. ■ Teacher listed on application must agree to entrant participation in the competition. ■ Decisions of competition judges are final. ■ A national first-place MTNA winner may not enter again in the same Composition Competition Level (Elementary, Junior, Senior, Young Artist). ■ A composition may be in any style. ■ The performance time must not exceed ten (10) minutes. ■ Only compositions for nine performers or less will be accepted. Electronic realizations of larger scale works are not allowed. ■ If a composer uses a text: (1) copyrighted text must have a written statement from the copyright holder giving permission to use text or (2) text that is in the public domain must have a statement signed by the student and the teacher indicating this fact. ■ 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. ■ State and division winners/representatives will advance to the next level of the competition. ■ If there is only one (1) entrant in a State-level category, there will be NO State Competition. The entrant will be named the State Representative and that composition will advance directly to the Division Competition. ■ If there is only one (1) entrant in a Division-level category there will be NO Division Competition. The entrant will be named the Division Representative and that composition will advance directly to the National Finals. ■ If there are seven (7) or fewer entrants nationwide in a category at the state level, those entrants will advance directly to the National Competition. ■ Primary communication is via e-mail. The application must have e-mail addresses for entrant, teacher and parents. Submission Requirements ■ The application with computer-generated PDF score and MIDI file must be submitted online. Other audio file formats cannot be accepted. ■ Handwritten scores will not be accepted. Score Requirements ■ The PDF should be printable on 8.5 x 11-inch letter-sized paper. ■ PDF score must be computer generated using music-notation software. ■ Cover art should not be included. ■ Measures of the composition must be numbered, preferably at the beginning of each system. ■ All materials must be labeled with the name of the composition, the name of the entrant and the level (Elementary, Junior, Senior, Young Artist). ■ The score must not include teacher name or any reference to school/institution, biography or picture of entrant. ■ No change may be made to the manuscript once it has been submitted with the application. ■ The entrant certifies that the composition is an original work, and the score was produced by the entrant.
Performance Requirements ■ The composition of each national composition competition winner must be performed at the appropriate Winners Concert during the MTNA National Conference March 17–21, 2018, at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. ■ Performances must be on the instrument(s) for which the submitted composition was written. ■ Winners must be present at this concert in order for their compositions to be performed and to receive the monetary award. ■ Winners must provide their own musicians for this concert, and only live performances are allowed. ■ Audio or video recording and photography of the Winners Concert is strongly discouraged. ■ Competition financial obligations are the responsibility of the entrant. ■ If the first-place winner is unable to attend the National Conference and arrange for a live performance of their composition: 2 the first-place ranking will be retained, but cash awards for entrant will be forfeited and 3 the second-place winner will have the opportunity to perform. ■ If the second-place winner accepts this opportunity, the entrant will receive the first-place cash award in lieu of the second-place cash award. Competition Agreement ◦ It is the responsibility of the teacher, coach, entrant and parent or guardian to abide by all rules and regulations for the MTNA Student Competitions. Failure to meet this responsibility will make the student ineligible to receive recognition or awards. ◦ All entry fees are nonrefundable. ◦ MTNA is not responsible for problems with internet service or phones. Applications will be available in August.
If a student brings photocopied music to the festival, their parent MUST complete this form
Fall Festival of the Animals
Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017 Entry Fee: $15.00 per student entry Location: Graner Music Recital Hall Online Entries & Payments Due: 4460 Barnes Road Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 7 PM Colorado Springs, CO
Welcome to the Festival of the Animals! This will be a non-competitive event. Students may play one or two memorized pieces for a total performance time not to exceed five minutes. Any repertoire associated with any type of animal will be accepted. Students may play one piece, a combination of a published piece and an original composition (*see composition requirements below*), or two published pieces. Repeats are allowed if student’s total performance time does not exceed five minutes. Ensembles are welcome and may be performed with the music; instrumentalists are welcome; vocalists are welcome! Non-member teachers and students welcome! Click below for complete information.
Saturday, March 4, 2017 Graner Recital Hall, Graner Music Store, 4460 Barnes Rd., Colorado Springs, CO Entry Deadline: 5:00 pm, Wednesday, February 1, 2017.Teachers must submit entries ONLINE. Festival Chairs: Dee Boatman and Sylvia Holt
Students perform one memorized movement of ANY Sonatina or sonata. There is no “list” of approved music or composers. Edited or simplified music may be used at the teacher’s discretion. Original, unpublished music is not accepted at this festival. Students may perform one movement of a Sonatina or Sonata as a piano solo, a 4-hand duet, or as instrumental performance with piano accompaniment.
Voice students will perform one memorized piece from a particular historical era: Baroque, Classic, Romantic, Impressionistic, and Contemporary. The Committee will use the MTNA Composer/Period list (found on the PPMTA website) for approving classification of literature. Any composer not listed must meet the approval of the Festival Committee. Students and teachers should choose age appropriate songs from material such as folk songs, art songs, Italian arias, theater songs from legitimate music theater productions and musicals. No pop songs are allowed. Class IV students are strongly encouraged to sing one song in a foreign language. Songs are to be memorized. Teachers may accompany their students. Music must be provided for the vocal judge. The Music Release Form (see #5 below) must be used if a student brings reproduced music for the judge or accompanist.
Instrumentalists: (strings, brass and woodwinds) Instrumentalists are to choose sonatinas/sonatas for the specific instrument. There is no specific list of approved composers or sonatas. A sonata using a similar number of movements as the same age level in piano is appropriate. Music is to be memorized.
Each student to be evaluated pays an entry fee. Teachers and/or parents may play the secondo part. Students will receive a written evaluation and a ribbon. Entry fee is $15 per student and non-refundable. Make check payable to PPMTA.
For complete festival details, click the festival title above or view the handbook.
Saturday and Sunday, March 4-5, 2017 Nazarene Bible College & Graner Recital Hall, Graner Music Store, Colorado Springs, CO Entry Deadline: February 1, 2017 NO LATE ENTRIES ACCEPTED Festival Chairs: Joan Sawyer and Linda Skaret
The purpose of the Competitive Sonatina Festival is to encourage the performance of sonatinas and sonatas, to foster the understanding of the sonata form in music, and to give performance experience. Vocal students may choose contrasting repertoire from different historical eras.
Teachers must submit their entries online at www.ppmta.org no later than 5 pm February 1, 2017. Mail the entry fees (one teacher check made out to PPMTA) and the signed agreement forms to the chair; these must be received no later than 5 pm February 1, 2017. Entries will be honored ONLY when the check and agreement forms have been received in addition to the online submittal. Teachers will receive their student schedules, work assignments and notification of winners by email.
Students will be grouped in the following age levels for the competition based on their age as of the entry deadline.
Primer Class through age 8 6 minutes Class I through age 12 8 minutes Class II through age 14 10 minutes Class III through age 16 13 minutes Class IV through age 17 15 minutes Class V & VI Ages 13-19 18 minutes (non-collegiate) Class VII Collegiate 18 minutes through Age 22
Make check payable to PPMTA. Saturday, November 12, 2016 Graner Recital Hall, Graner Music Store, 4460 Barnes Rd., Colorado Springs, CO Entry Deadline: 10:00pm on October 11, 2016 Festival Chairs: Carol Jilling, NCTM and Linda Densmore
The Dance Festival is a non-competitive event for students at all levels. Students perform one song/piece in a recital setting for adjudicators and will receive an evaluation and an award for each discipline entered. “Dance” music includes but is not limited to:
Dances of the Baroque suites;
Mazurka, polka, polonaise, waltz, tarantella, arabesques, etc in any historical era;
Music with fox trot, march, can-can, cha-cha, boogie, rhumba, or tango rhythm s, etc.
The word “dance” or the type of dance the music represents does not have to be part of the music’s title (I Found a Star, for example). This festival is open to piano, voice, instruments and ensembles.
If you want to see what a particular dance looks like, the Library of Congress can help! CLICK HERE!
One entry per discipline per student is allowed. Entry fee is $15.00 per entry. Ensembles pay $15 per student. Please mail checks for entry fees to Linda Densmore, 6670 Sky Hawk Court, Colorado Springs, CO 80919 by 10 PM on October 11, 2016. No late entries will be accepted.