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New Jersey Music Teachers Association

Young Musicians Competition – Voice

Chairperson: Wennie Nai-Yueh Niu (voicechair@njmta.com)

Competition Date and Location: Sunday, October 28, 2018  at Westminster Choir College

Recital Date and Location: Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 4:00 PM, 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 Enter: Online 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 “YMV” written on the memo line.  Absolutely no checks from students, and no cash or money orders will be accepted.  

Checks can be mailed to: Wennie Nai-Yueh Niu

                                      24 Rosewood Court

                                      Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

Registration Fee: Solo: $55 per student. 

Ensemble: $30 per person for ensemble group. 

*Registration fees are non- refundable.

Teacher Duty Deposit FeeA separate duty deposit fee is required for all participating teachers, both member and non-member. 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!

Student EligibilityEntrants must be at least 9 years old to participate, 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: Three songs, memorized, from standard classical vocal repertoire among the following: Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist or Modern.

The songs should have contrasting styles and tempi.

One must be in English, one must be in a foreign language, and the third can be in any language.

Memorization is required.

Accompanists: Teachers and/or their students are responsible for obtaining and appropriately compensating their own accompanist prior to the events, and must list them on the registration form to avoid scheduling conflicts with other students using the same accompanist. Teachers may not accompany their own students.

NJMTA will provide a recommended list of accompanists should you require one.

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 12 minutes

Please read the General Information for other information.

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