CAPMT Contemporary Competition

CAPMT Contemporary Competition is for highly motivated students and highlights the contemporary repertoire. It is open to piano, string, wind, brass and voice students from age 9 up 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 in the spring.

CAPMT Student Program Guidelines

  • CAPMT members submitting applications for CAPMT Student Programs must have paid State and National dues before the application deadline. Non-CAPMT members are assessed an additional non-member fee. 

  • It is the responsibility of each CAPMT teacher to abide by these Guidelines. 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.

  • Teachers, applicants, parents/guardians may not converse with adjudicators before, during, or after any CAPMT evaluated program with regards to that program.

  • 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. This rule does not apply to non-competitive programs, such as Auditions. 

  • A teacher may enter students in CAPMT Student Programs either (a) in the chapter/district where the student has permanent residence, or (b) in the chapter/district where instruction takes place.

  • Use only the current application form for each CAPMT Student Program; all others are ineligible.

  • For competitive programs, repertoire listed on the application form is to be used at all levels, Chapter (if applicable), District, and State Finals, of the competition. 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 will examine their music to make sure it corresponds exactly to repertoire listed on Application form.

    • Photocopies: Music Release Forms will no longer be required at all levels of the auditions/evaluations/competitions. Before starting the application process, all entrants have agreed to abide by U.S. Copyright Laws. Entrants have stated that they have the right to use whatever music is presented at all levels of the auditions/evaluations/competitions.

    • Scores purchased online and downloaded/printed must be accompanied by a receipt.

    • Public Domain scores downloaded/printed must be accompanied by a printout of the URL.

    • All measures must be numbered at the beginning of each system.

    • Names and/or identifying information do NOT need to be covered on music.

    • 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 and accompanists must provide original score of music to the judges.

    • 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. 

    •  Pieces from “method books,” easier “teaching pieces”, or simplified arrangements are not acceptable.

    •  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)

    Application fee is $50.00 for all categories. Application fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.

    $20 surcharge for students of Non-CAPMT members.

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

    Online Application Deadline:  December 20, 2019, 11:50 PM PST

    Online Application Opening Soon!