High School Scholarship Competition

Thank you all for your participation.

The winner of the 2018 High School Scholarship for Performance is

Kelsey Lee, student of Beatrice Long.

Alternate recipient: Sherwin Pan, student of Chiu-Tze Lin

There were no entries for Music Education / Pedagogy


DATE: Saturday, November 2, 2019

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, September 11, 2019;
September 12-16 for late entries

PLACE: Rowan University

There will be two scholarships from NJMTA, each for $2,500:

1.     For a student who will be pursuing Performance as a major
2.     For a student who will be pursuing Music Education or Pedagogy as a major

NOTE: One half of the scholarship amount will be awarded to the student in their first semester of college music study, and the second half will be awarded in their second semester.  Awards are contingent on the student’s continuation of their college major.

Students may only register for one category, either Performance or Music Education/Pedagogy.  The Performance winner will perform at the NJMTA State Conference in November, and the Music Education/Pedagogy winner will read their essay.  If there is more than one winner in either category, then the award will be shared.   An alternate may be designated in each category if the performances warrant such an award.  

The judges reserve the right to withhold the awards if they think that either the repertoire or the performance is below that of college entrance standards for a music major.

Teachers are to complete the online HSS Competition registration form on the NJMTA website.  No paper forms will be accepted.  The teacher (but not the student or parent) will correspond with the chairperson.

Please make sure to fill out the following sections:

1.     Instrument and intended college major (Performance or Music Education/Pedagogy).

2.     Repertoire requirements.  Be sure to include keys, opus numbers, movements, and all other requested information.  Please see Repertoire below.

3.      Essay.  Please see Requirements below.

4.      List of participation in past NJMTA-sponsored events (but not necessarily awards received), including events for the current Fall season.  Please see Requirements below.

Please note in the appropriate section any other NJMTA/MTNA events in which the applicant will be participating on the date of the competition.

The registration fee is $55.  The student may register for one category, either Performance or Music Education/Pedagogy. 

The entry fee may be sent to the HSS chairperson either by check payable to New Jersey Music Teachers Association with "HSS" in the memo or by using the online payment option on the registration form. The chairperson will not accept the registration form unless either the payment is received online or a check is postmarked by the deadline.

If this is the only Fall NJMTA event in which the teacher is entering students, then he or she must include a separate Teacher Duty Deposit fee. This fee may be sent to the HSS chairperson either by check payable to New Jersey Music Teachers Association with “HSS” in the memo, or by using the online payment option on the entry form. This fee will either be returned upon completion of his or her assistance at the Fall events, or the online payment/physical check will be kept/deposited at that point.

Entries must be submitted no later than Monday, September 11, 2019 (if mailing a check, then it must be postmarked no later than that date).  

A late fee of $40 will be charged for entries submitted between September 12 and September 16.

Entries submitted after September 16 will not be processed (including those with checks postmarked on or after September 17)

If submitting checks, please use regular mail rather than certified mail.
Mail to: Richard Woo
15 Bruin Dr.
Hamilton, NJ 08619 

Contact: hsscholarship@njmta.com

Any student, resident of New Jersey, who is graduating from high school and plans to major in music in college.

The teacher must have paid NJMTA dues for the past two years including the current year.

Should the program run longer than 30 minutes, the judges reserve the right to make appropriate cuts.

The program should include repertoire from all four musical time periods for piano or follow equivalent college entrance requirements for strings, voice, woodwinds, brass, and percussion.  

1.     Baroque - for piano, any Prelude and Fugue from J. S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Books 1 or 2

2.     Classical – a sonata movement or work of similar difficulty

3.     Romantic

4.     Contemporary

Performance major and Music Education/Pedagogy major 

70% - Performance in competition.

20% - Essay of about 1,000 to 1,200 words stating the student's musical goals, their vision for the community in music, and what they hope to learn in college.

10% - A list of participation in NJMTA-sponsored events (but not necessarily award received), including events for the current Fall season.

Teachers and/or their students are responsible for obtaining and appropriately compensating their own accompanist prior to the events, and they 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 one be requested.