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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 ages 9 and under to 26. The Contemporary Competition offers opportunity to compete with 1-2 pieces of repertoire written by a composer with a death date on or after January 1, 1945. Online applications will be open December 2-16, 2024. The CAPMT State Finals will be held on a Saturday TBD in March 2025 at Santa Clara University.

 CAPMT Contemporary Competition Guidelines:

  • TEACHERS: You may NOT register for your students for liability reasons.

  • TEACHERS: CAPMT membership must 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.

  • 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.

    Repertoire Requirements:

  • 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.
  • Pieces from method books, easier teaching/pedagogical pieces, and simplified arrangements are not recommended. Anthology and Collection scores of pieces where the complete original work is included may be used.
  • Students must provide original music scores to the judges with measure numbers at the beginning of each system.
  • Extracting a piece (or pieces) from a larger work is acceptable. Example: “Montagues and Capulets” from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Time Limits:

  • 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, 2024.


Application Fees:

$75.00 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. Registration will be open from December 1-15, 2023. No applications will be accepted past the deadline.

Online Registration: December 2-16, 2024

Click on the corresponding Region below to register.

Please contact Contemporary Chair, Ivana Grubel Malo, with any questions at ivanagrubel@hotmail.com

IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you have registered for the CORRECT District.

 There are NO REFUNDS for any registration errors.  Check with your teacher if you are uncertain.

Please use your teacher's email address to register.

Please contact your District Chair with any questions.

Accompanists are not provided.

CAPMT Liability Waiver.pdf

District 1: San Diego & Imperial Counties

Chairs: *James Gary and Rowena Asuncion


Greene Music, San Diego

District Fee: $25


District 2: San Francisco Bay Area

Chairs: Dr. Kristal Kim and Anjela Asryan


Silicon Valley Piano - Yuma Hall

District Fee: $25


District 3: Los Angeles County - Southern

Chair: Victoria Roizen


Venue TBD

District Fee: $25


District 4: Riverside & San Bernardino Counties

Chair: Caitlin Olivarria


University of Redlands


District 5: Sacramento & San Joaquin Counties

Chair: Dr. Brandon Bascom


Fresno City College

District 7: Redwood Empire

Chair: Dr. Sally Wei


Center for Spiritual Living

2075 Occidental Road

Santa Rosa, CA 95401



District 8: Orange County

Chair: Dr. Judy Huang


Hoson House

1961 Irvine Blvd.

Tustin, CA 92780


District 9: Los Angeles County - Northern

Chair: Melody Kuo


First United Methodist Church

500 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101