MTNA Competitions: General Information

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 September 14, 3:00PM EASTERN time deadline.

Location, Dates & Times

The 2016 PMTA/MTNA competitions will take place on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at West Chester University, West Chester, PA.  Depending upon the number of entrants, competitions may begin very early in the morning and will run until finished. If the schedule allows completion of all competitions by 3:45pm a winners’ recital will be held at 4pm. Winners are expected to participate in the recital, if held. Recital confirmation will be included on the schedule posted on the website.


All entrants must check-in at the registration desk prior to their audition. The registration table will be open 45 minutes prior to the start of the first competition on Sunday morning. Warm-up times in a practice room will be scheduled for all competitors throughout the day on Sunday. Other practice rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Entrants will receive an email with their assigned Entrant ID # on or before October 10, 2016. At that time competition rooms, warm-up times, audition times and winners’ recital confirmation and time 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!


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