CAPMT Contemporary Competition


The CAPMT Contemporary Competition is for highly motivated students and highlights the contemporary repertoire. It is open to piano, strings, winds, brass and voice from age 9 to age 26. The Contemporary Competition offers opportunity to compete repertoire written by a composer with a death date on or after January 1, 1945. Winners from each District will compete in the State Finals virtually on Acceptd with video submissions due on Saturday, March 19, 2022 by 6pm PT.

CAPMT Student Program Guidelines

  • TEACHERS: You may NOT register for your students for liability reasons.
  • TEACHERS: CAPMT membership should be current at the time of application. Non-CAPMT members are assessed an additional $20 non-member fee. 
  • Failure to abide by the Guidelines will result in disqualification of the applicant.

  • Late applications forms will not be accepted.

  • Communication regarding any CAPMT Student Program must be between the teacher and the student program chair for that chapter/district. It is inappropriate for a student or parent to contact any CAPMT Board Member.

  • Decisions of the adjudicators are final.

  • In competitive programs, the student must have studied with the teacher a minimum of six of the past nine months in all stages of the competitions. 

  • Students may compete (a) in the chapter/district where the student has permanent residence, or (b) in the chapter/district where instruction takes place.

  • For competitive programs, repertoire listed on the application form is to be used for both the District and State Finals levels. No repertoire changes are permitted.

  • There are no refunds of application fees in the event of non-participation.


CAPMT Student Programs: Music Rules

    • Entrants will abide by all U.S. Copyright Laws and, when applicable, have permission to use all music given to judges and accompanists during all phases of the auditions/evaluations/competitions. 

    • Entrants forfeit consideration for any placement (winner/alternate/honorable mention) but may play for comments only if: 1) All music listed on the application is NOT presented for examination at registration; 2) Entrant is not prepared to perform all music listed on the application.


    • Students will perform a memorized program of original works in the allotted time (NO CONCERTI OR WORKS FOR SOLO INSTRUMENT AND ORCHESTRA) written by a composer with a death date on or after January 1, 1945.
    • Students must provide original music scores to the judges with measure numbers at the beginning of each system.
    • Photocopied music will result in automatic disqualification. Accompanists may use a few photocopied pages along with the original score only to facilitate page turning.  Scores on digital devices are allowed as long as student abide by all copyright laws and have permission to use all music given to judges during the competitions. 
    •  Singers must include one selection in English and one in a language other than English.
    •  Performers will be stopped if the maximum allotted time is reached; this will not affect the outcome of the competition.

    Time limits for each category:

    • Category A:  age 9 and under (10 minutes)

    • Category B:   age 10 - 12 (10 minutes)

    • Category C:  age 13 - 15 (12 minutes)

    • Category D:  age 16 - 18 (15 minutes)

    • Category E:  age 19 - 26 (15 minutes)

    The age determination date is December 31, 2021.

    Application fee is $50.00 for all categories (plus any applicable District surcharges). Application fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.

    $20 surcharge for students of Non-CAPMT members.

    Application fees will only be accepted ONLINE via credit card payment.

    The website will be open to application from: TBD

    Online Application Deadline:  TBD



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