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New Jersey Music Teachers Association

Young Musicians Competition – Piano

Chairperson:  Yu-Ying Emily Lee  (YMC–Piano@njmta.com)

Competition Date and Location: Sunday, November 4, 2018  at Westminster Choir College

Recital Date and Location: Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 9:00 AM, at Westminster Choir College


1st Place Winners – Trophies as well as Performances in the Winners Recital at the NJMTA State Conference. (Note: 1st Place Winners are required to perform at the Winners Recital in order to receive the trophies. Those who do not perform at the Winners Recital will only receive the Certificate.)

2nd & 3rd Place Winners – Trophies

Honorable Mentions – Certificates

All winners should make arrangements to pick up their awards at the State Conference if they cannot attend the award presentation at the conference.

How to EnterOnline registration only

Teachers are to complete the online registration form for this event.  Teachers should supply all requested information and collect fees from the students. One payment for all combined student fees should be paid by the teacher.  Payment via PayPal is preferred.  If it is necessary to make payment via check, it should be written by the teacher and made payable to “New Jersey Music Teachers Association” with the event code “YMP” written on the memo line.  Absolutely no checks from students, and no cash or money orders will be accepted.  Checks can be mailed to:

            Yu-Ying (Emily) Lee 

            142-47 Horace Harding Expy Apt. 2                                      

            Flushing, NY 11367

Registration Fee: Solo: $55 per student. 

*Registration fees are non- refundable.

Teacher Duty Deposit FeeA separate duty deposit fee is required for all participating teachers, both member and non-member. If this is the only event that you are entering students in on this date, please pay the teacher duty fee with this registration. If you are entering students in two or more events on this date, (YMC Piano, YMC Piano Duet, Master Class Audition, Composer Commission Competition) please submit the teacher duty fee with the event registration in which you have the highest number of students entered. Duty fees may be paid online with your registration, or paid with a separate check from the Registration Fee. The deposit fee/check will be returned after the duty is fulfilled, or cashed if the teacher fails to fulfill his/her assigned job.

For 2018 auditions, please send:

$55 to enter up to 10 entries

$80 to enter 11–20 entries

$105 to enter more than 20 entries

Registration DeadlineSubmitted/postmarked no later than Monday, September 24, 2018. A late fee of $40 is charged for entries submitted between September 25 and September 28. Absolutely no forms will be accepted after September 28. Late application forms will not be processed until the late fee is received. Any fees sent by mail must be sent via regular mail - NO CERTIFIED MAIL, PLEASE!

Once the application form is sent and accepted by the chairperson, names of students cannot be substituted.

Student EligibilityStudents of any age up through the collegiate undergraduate level are invited to compete, and they will be grouped by their age as of October 1 of the competition year. Entrants must have studied the performance medium of the competition with the same teacher for a minimum of six months out of the nine months immediately preceding November 1. Except:

  • If the regular teacher is incapacitated or on sabbatical leave
  • If the family moves out of the area
  • In the case of a collegiate freshmen or transfer student
  • Under such circumstances, a certified letter explaining and approving the change in teachers must be submitted with the official application form. Both teachers must be recognized in any matter related to the competition. 

Teacher Eligibility: See General Guidelines.

Member Teachers: Current membership dues for MTNA and NJMTA must be paid by September 1, 2018, in order to enter students in any Fall Young Musicians Competition Event.

Non-member Teachers: Non-members have the option of either becoming a member of MTNA and NJMTA by September 1, 2018, OR paying a Teacher Entry Fee of $150.00.

An exception to the September 1 payment of teacher dues will be granted to a teacher joining NJMTA for the very first time. The one-time exception will allow the teacher to pay state dues on or before the deadline of the competition. An NJMTA member with Student Membership status may not enter students. The teacher and the entrant may not be the same individual. The Primary teacher of the performing medium of the competition must be the teacher who enters the student in the competition.

Repertoire: Selection of the repertoire is at the discretion of the teacher, with the following requirements: Two compositions from standard repertoire from memory:

      1. Either Baroque or Classical
      2. Either Romantic or Modern
  • Please use the MTNA Composer Classification List (available www.njmta.com under “Events – Teacher Resources) for your reference.
  • Variations must be performed in their entirety.
  • Sonata: Students are not permitted to perform more than one movement of sonata/sonatina, except attacca movements. Only college students are permitted to play two separate movements from the same opus number.
  • Both Prelude & Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier by Bach must be performed to count as one piece.
  • Repeats will not be played unless the piece is very short or the repeats affect the integrity of the piece.
  • No arrangements or simplified editions of works originally written for piano will be accepted.
  • Published transcriptions of the other instruments or ensembles (such as Bach/Busoni’s Chaconne, Chinese tradition folk songs) will be acceptable as long as they are original by the composers.
  • A group of short pieces of the same opus number such as Chopin Preludes can be considered as one piece if they do not exceed the maximum time allowed in their age group

Maximum Performance time:

Through age 10. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 minutes

Ages 11–14. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 minutes

Ages 15–17. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 minutes

Ages 18–collegiate undergrad level. .20 minutes

Students who go over the time limit will be stopped by judges during the competition.

The competition is scheduled by age. Due to the complexity of scheduling, NO requests regarding preferences may be made.

Please also check the General Guidelines for all NJMTA Auditions and Competitions under General Information on page 22 of this Yearbook.

Same as Young Musicians Competition for Piano. 

Student age groups: Competing students will be grouped in the following age groups: 12 and under, 13–14, 15–17, 18–collegiate undergraduate level.

Performance time: (Maximum performance time)

Through age 10                   10 minutes

Ages 11–14                            15 minutes

Ages 15–17                            17 minutes

Ages 18–undergrad level   20 minutes

Please read the General Information for other information.

To register, click here. 

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