MTNA Competitions

The MTNA National Student Competitions are the most successful and prestigious student competitions in the country. Each year, thousands of students compete for top prizes and national recognition. The purpose of the Music Teachers National Association Performance competitions is to provide educational experiences for students and teachers and to recognize exceptionally talented young artists and their teachers in their pursuit of musical excellence.

Application deadlines:

  • Deadline for Chamber Music application and video submissions to Acceptd is Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 3:00 p.m.Eastern Time. 
  • Application deadline for Junior, Senior and Young Artist is Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. There will be no exceptions.

CAPMT Competitions

CAPMT Competitions highlight student performance at the highest level. CAPMT Competitions are open to students up to, and including, age 26. Preliminary competitions are held at the district level. The CAPMT State Finals will be a virtual event on Saturday, February 27, 2021.

Welcome to all CAPMT Competitions Contestants!

Please read the following rules for our 2021 CAPMT District Competitions for Honors, Contemporary and Concerto Competitions:

  1. The CAPMT District Honors, Contemporary and Concerto Competitions will be a video round.
  2. NO CHANGES in competition repertoire are allowed without disqualification.
  3. No accompanists or scores for judges are required due to the current pandemic.
  4. Contestants will submit a video performance of the repertoire listed on the original application. The portal on Acceptd will be open to video submissions for Honors, Contemporary and Concerto Competitions beginning this Friday, January 15 to Saturday, January 30 by 6 p.m. PT.
  5. First Place Winners will automatically proceed to the State Finals on Acceptd February 27, 2021.

Video Instructions

  1. MTNA and CAPMT partners with Acceptd, a digital platform used for auditions and competitions. Entrants must sign up for an Acceptd account in order to upload their performance videos to proceed. Sign up (or login) for an account here.
  2. Videos must be of high quality. Click herefor tips about recording your videos.
  3. Video recording must be made with one fixed camera angle and location focused such that the performer’s hands and face are visible.
  4. Videos must contain all repertoire listed on the original application. Entrants should NOT introduce themselves or announce the piece being recorded.
  5. Each piece (including individual movements of a larger work) must be uploaded as an individual video file. No editing is allowed. Each selection must be labeled with the title, composer and performance time. For individual movements of a larger work, label with the title, Roman numeral of movement and composer. Example: Sonata in F Minor, Op. 2, No. 1, I., Beethoven. Preludes and Fugues may be considered a single piece.
  6. Check videos for sound quality prior to uploading.
  7. Acceptable video formats include: MPEG, MPG, MP4, OGG, MOV, AVI, WMV, M4V, VOB, FLV.
  9. A high-speed internet connection is recommended.
  10. Chrome is the preferred browser for Acceptd.
  11. Should you have problems uploading videos, try uploading one at a time, making sure each upload is complete prior to starting the next upload.
  12. Judges will listen to a portion or all of each video up to the following time limits: Category A (9 and under) 10 minutes, Category B (10-12) 10 minutes, Category C (13-15) 12 minutes, Category D (16-18) 15 minutes, Category E (19-26) 15 minutes. 
  13. Entrants who do not follow guidelines may be disqualified.

Communication protocol is as follows: parent-teacher-district chair-state chair-VP of Competitions. Please follow this chain of communication as outlined in the CAPMT Competitions Handbooks.

A list of CAPMT Competitions Winners will be emailed approximately one week after the submission deadline. Awards for 1st, 2nd (Alternate) and 3rd Place Winners and Honorable Mentions (not ranked) in each Category will be emailed to teachers.

Good luck to all!


Dr. Julie Ann Ballard

CAPMT VP of Competitions