MTNA Student Performance Competitions
(New Jersey State MTNA Competitions )

CHAIRPERSON: Wei-Yuh Christina Xie (

: Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 3:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time

COMPETITIONS DATE: Saturday, November 2nd, 2019

LOCATION: Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey 

PERFORMANCE DATE (at State Conference): Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Westminster Choir College, The Marion Buckelew Cullen Center

The purpose of the Music Teachers National Association Performance Competitions is 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 three-tiered competitions begin with live state competitions. The winners/representatives of each state's competitions advance to a video-only division competition. Division winners compete in the national finals at the annual MTNA National Conference. 

The state competitions are considered the primary educational level with the division and national levels showcasing outstanding performance and honoring significant pedagogical achievement.

NJMTA awards $200 scholarships for each New Jersey state level performance competitions winners and $400 Travel Grant for Division Winners who will represent New Jersey to compete at the national finals. 


  • You must register online at the MTNA Competition link:

  • A $25 (per student) State Fee is charged by NJMTA. This fee helps offset the cost of securing highly qualified judges for these events. This fee must be paid before the student can be scheduled for the competition.

  • Please refer to the Competition Guidelines on the MTNA website for all registration information & registration deadlines, student and teacher eligibility requirements, and repertoire requirements.

  • Entrants are responsible for providing their own accompanists. NJMTA provides a list of recommended accompanists should you need one. Official accompanists are not provided at the state level.

  • Winners will advance to the Eastern Division Online-Only Video Competitions


     MTNA Junior Performance Competitions sponsored by:

    • Kawai America, sponsor of the piano competition

    • Yamaha Corp. of America, Orchestral Strings Department, sponsor of the string competition

    • The MTNA FOUNDATION FUND, sponsor of the woodwind competition

MTNA Senior Performance Competitions sponsored by:

    • Yamaha Corp. of America, Piano Division, sponsor of the piano competition

    • Weekley & Arganbright, sponsor of piano duet competition

    • The MTNA FOUNDATION FUND, sponsor of the brass, string, voice and woodwind competitions

    • Evelyn Lindblad Folland Endowment Fund

    • Jane Snow Memorial Scholarship Fund

    MTNA Young Artist Performance Competitions sponsored by:

    • Steinway & Sons, sponsor of the piano competition

    • The MTNA FOUNDATION FUND, sponsor of the brass, string, voice and woodwind competitions

    • Jane Snow Memorial Scholarship Fund

     MTNA Chamber Music Performance Competition sponsored by:

    • Allen I. McHose Scholarship Fund

    • James Norden, NCTM, sponsor of the first and third place awards for the Chamber Music String Competition

     Chopin Awards sponsored by: 

    • The Chopin Foundation of America

    • Best Chopin performance by Junior Solo Piano

    • Best Chopin performance by Senior Solo Piano

Refer to for any additional information.