MTNA Student Performance Competitions

Exceptionally talented students can pursue excellence and achieve recognition by entering performance/composition competitions sponsored by the Music Teachers National Association. Competitions are available at the Elementary (compositions only) Junior, Senior, Young Artist and Chamber Music Categories. Teachers need not be an OMTA member, in which case there would be a $150.00 non-member fee.

These prestigious auditions are held at the state, division, and national levels. National winners receive cash prizes. All finalists receive travel grants.

More Information

Registration Deadline: 3:00 P.M. Eastern Time, September 23, 2020

Video Upload Deadline: 11:59 PM Pacific Time, November 1, 2020

Winners will advance to the Northwest Division Online-only Video Competitions.

Applications Forms Available Here:

Complete competition information and the opportunity to enter the MTNA Competitions is available below or on the MTNA Competitions Webpage.

Questions? Contact Dr. Julia Lee.

General Guidelines for MTNA Oregon State Video Competitions

  1. All videos must be submitted via YouYube.
  2. Videos can be made at home by the student, in the teacher’s studio or in a performance hall. The quality of instrument, location, or quality of video will not be a factor in judging.
  3. Video recordings should be made with one fixed camera angle/location, focused such that the performer and the accompanist (if applicable) are visible at all times. Pianists should have face, fingers and feet visible at all times. To ensure quality and consistency of the videos among entrants, set up the camera from the audience perspective, limit background noise, and make sure the performance space is well lit.
  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) should be uploaded as a separate video file. No editing is allowed. Each selection must be labeled with the title and composer. For individual movements of a larger work, label with the title, Roman number of movement and composer. Example: Sonata in F minor, Op. 2, No. I, I., Beethoven. Preludes and Fugues may be considered a single piece.
  6. Piano and voice entrants must perform by memory. All others do not have to play by memory.
  7. Live accompanists are preferred; however, pre-recorded accompaniments are acceptable in the event that local or state orders prevent entrant and accompanist getting together to record a video. CDs and online platforms such as,, and Acapella may be utilized as is appropriate.
  8. Students and teachers should review videos before submitting to check sound quality and microphone placement.
  9. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST DAY TO SUBMIT VIDEOS. It takes a long time to upload the videos.
  10. Upload videos one at a time, making sure each upload is complete prior to starting the next upload.

Sample Guidelines for MTNA State YouTube Video Competitions

All recordings for the state competition must be uploaded and submitted via YouTube links to the state for adjudication. After your recordings are finished, upload them as an “unlisted” video on YouTube, using the instructions below. You can do this through the YouTube App or on a computer.

Video Format: YouTube accepts any of the following video formats: .MO, .MPEG4, MP4, .AVI, .WMV, .MPEGPS, .FLV, 3GPP and WebM.

  1. Record and upload each piece separately.
  2. Go to and sign in. If you don’t already have an account, create one.
  3. Click the “UPLOAD” button at the top.
  4. Either click on the “Select files to upload” box and select your video file from your device or drag/drop your video file into the box.
  5. In the “Basic Info” screen, enter the appropriate title with the Student’s Name in the box where the filename appears.
  6. In the box below the title, enter the names of the pieces and the composer’s name, in the order of performed.
  7. Change the visibility setting from “Public” to “Unlisted” and click “Done.”
  8. Click “Save.”

By submitting the video links, you are granting consent for these videos to be viewed by an adjudicator for evaluation purposes.


Winners, alternates, honorable mentions and their teachers.

Competition Results