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 11, 2013, 3:00 p.m. EASTERN time deadline.

Location, Dates & Times

The 2013 PMTA/MTNA competitions will take place on Sunday, November 10, 2013 in the Winter Center for the Performing Arts on the Millersville University campus, Millersville, 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. Rehearsal time in the competition rooms on Saturday evening will be assigned to each entrant. Entrants will receive an email with their assigned Entrant ID # on or before October 4, 2013. 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 Hilton Garden Inn Lancaster at the special price of $130.  The cut-off date for reservations is Tuesday, October 8, 2013, after which time this rate cannot be guaranteed.  Make reservations by calling 717-560-0880 and be sure to mention PMTA Festival Weekend. For More Information
  • MTNA/PMTA Performance Competitions Chair
Jacqueline Herbein:
  • MTNA Performance Competitions State Coordinators
Junior: Paul Fierro Senior: Jack Stevenson
Young Artist/Chamber Music: Justin Badgerow
  • MTNA Composition Competition State Coordinator
Warren Magid: