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 Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 3:00 p.m. EASTERN time deadline.

Location, Dates & Times

The 2014 PMTA/MTNA competitions will take place on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at the Penn State University School of Music, State College, 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 22, 2014. 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 4, 2014. 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 Nittany Lion Inn at the special price of $118. The cut-off date for reservations is Wednesday, October 29, 2014, after which time this rate cannot be guaranteed. Make reservations by calling (800) 233-7505 and reference the Reservation Identification Number: PAMK14A.

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