MTNA Competitions: General Information

NOTE CHANGES for 2015: Due to the overwhelming number of MTNA/PMTA competition entrants, the competition officials are forced to make the following changes:

    1. There will be NO rehearsals offered in the competition rooms. Entrants will be allowed a short 30-second sound-check before judging will begin at their assigned competition time. All entrants will be assigned a short warm-up time in a classroom or practice room in Zug Hall prior to their competition time. Please plan accordingly.
    2. There will be no registration on evening Saturday November 7. Registration will open at 7am Sunday November 8 in Zug Hall for all entrants except Senior and Young Artist Piano. Registration for Senior and Young Artist Piano entrants will open at 7:30am in the lobby of Leffler Chapel.
    3. There will be no winners’ recital at the conclusion of the competitions.

These changes have been approved by the MTNA National Director of Competitions.

The purposes of the Music Teachers National Association performance competitions are 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 Pennsylvania state competition is the first level of the MTNA performance competitions and all state competitions are considered the primary educational level. Applications for all categories and levels must be submitted online at the MTNA website prior to the Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 3:00 p.m.  EASTERN time deadline.

Location, Dates & Times

The 2015 PMTA/MTNA competitions will take place on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA.  Generally, all levels of piano competitions will begin early in the morning so that they may be completed in time for the winners’ recital which generally takes place at 4 PM. Other instrumental and vocal categories may begin later in the day. Winners are expected to participate in the recital.


All entrants must check-in at the registration desk prior to their audition. The registration table will be open by 5:00 PM on Saturday November 7, 2015. Rehearsal time in the competition rooms on Saturday evening will be assigned to each entrant.  Entrants are not required to use their rehearsal times, but must still check-in prior to their auditions on Sunday.

Entrants will receive an email with their assigned Entrant ID # on or before October 10, 2015. At that time competition rooms, rehearsal times and audition times will be listed by level/category and entrant ID # under For Entrants/Parents/Teachers. Be sure you have registered with a current email address that you regularly check!


PMTA has a block of rooms reserved at the Holiday Inn Express Elizabethtown at the special price of $117. The cut-off date for reservations is Wednesday, October 23, 2015, after which time this rate cannot be guaranteed. Make reservations by calling (717) 367-4000 or (800) 335-4188 and reference the Reservation Identification Number: PMT.

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