MTNA National Competitions

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 MTNA 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. The MTNA Competitions include Performance, Composition, Chamber Music, and the Stecher and Horowitz Two Piano Competition.

2020–2021 MTNA National Performance Competitions Information
  • Application deadline: TBD

  • Junior, Senior, and Young Artist Levels

  • The California (State Level) Performance Competition will be "tentatively in-person".  

  • Winners will move on to the MTNA National Performance Competition (Division Level: Southwest United States), which will take place as video auditions (date TBA)

  • Winners at the Southwest Division Level will move on to the MTNA National Competitions Performance Finals, which will take place at the 2022 MTNA National Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

  • The CAPMT State fee is $50.  Acceptd  (the online submission platform) fee is $30 per application for online submissions.  Due to this additional cost that each applicant will pay, CAPMT will subsidize (offset the cost) during this time.  The total subsidized CAPMT State fee will be $20.

  • California State Fee Submission Deadline: TBD

Pay CA State Fee
2020–2021 MTNA National Composition Competitions Information
  • Application deadline: Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 3:00 P.M. Eastern Time.

  • Elementary, Junior, Senior and Young Artist levels

  • In addition to PDF scores, MIDI files will be required.

  • PDF scores must be computer generated using music notation software. Handwritten scores will NOT be accepted.

  • If questions, please contact Linda Stump, NCTM, MTNA Director of Competitions at: lindastump@mtna.org.

  • There is a CA State Fee of $35 for all levels. 

  • California State Fee Submission Deadline: Tuesday, October 1, 2020

Chamber Music (3–6 performers)

  • Applications for Chamber Music String and Chamber Music Wind will be available Wednesday, November 4, 2020. See mtna.org website.
  • Deadline for Chamber Music application and video submissions to Acceptd is Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 3:00 p.m.Eastern Time. There will be no exceptions.
  • Age: Ensemble members must be 18–29 as of January 1, 2021
  • Competitions: String and Wind
  • Entry Fee: $120 for each ensemble
    • Video Submission Fee: $20 paid directly to Acceptd

The National Finals of the competitions are March 13–14, 2021, in Atlanta, Georgia.