Spring Recital Auditions

for Piano, Strings, Woodwinds, Chinese Instruments

An annual event occurring in April, Spring Recitals are for the well-prepared students who are capable of accepting the challenge of auditioning and performing on stage.  This event is open for both solo and ensemble categories, in which students are selected through the audition process to perform in the recitals. 

Students will receive one of the following four ratings:  High Honors, Honors, Honorable Mention or Fair. High Honors and Honors recipients will be featured in award recitals. Students who receive Honorable Mention or Fair will receive certificates. All students will receive the judge's comments and a certificate regardless of the rating.

Students who accumulate High Honors and Honors also receive special awards; i.e. medals, trophies or plaques at 3, 5, 7, 10 years and beyond. Students must perform in the assigned recital in order to receive their cumulative awards.  

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Online registrations only. 

Registration deadlines are different for each instrument. Please check the appropriate page for details. 

Check the spelling of the student’s name at the time of registration. 

  • For students earning a trophy for multiple years, complete the “Previous Awards” column at the time of registration.

  • Trophy requests will not be honored after the audition date.

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

(FOR PIANO ONLY) Entries will be treated on a “first come, first served” basis. Once that center or date is filled, entries will be directed to another center or date. Do not make special requests. Since there are three different audition dates for piano with three corresponding recital options, please direct students who have conflicts to another center or date.

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY:  See General Guidelines on the General Information page. 

  • Auditions are open to soloists and ensembles.

  • Ensembles must register through the same teacher on the same form.

  • Voice students must be a minimum age of 9.

TEACHER ELIGIBILITY:   See General Guidelines on the General Information page.

  • Teachers must be members in good standing of NJMTA. Current membership dues for MTNA and NJMTA should be paid by January 1, 2019. An exception to the January 1st 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 postmarked deadline of the Spring events.

  • An NJMTA member with Student Membership status may not enter students.

  • The teacher and the entrant may not be the same individual.


Solo: $50 per student.
Ensemble (duet or larger): $35 per student.

Please make one payment for all combined students by Credit Card or check at time of registration. 

  • Online credit card payments are preferred for easier processing.

  • 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 SRA written on the memo line. Send the checks to the address listed on the registration form.

  • Absolutely no checks from students, and no cash or money orders will be accepted.

  • Registrations after the deadline will incur $10 late fee per student/entry.

  • All fees are non-refundable.


  • Up to 10 entries $60

  • 11–20 entries $85

  • 20+ entries $110

A separate duty deposit fee is required for all participating teachers upon registration. Each audition center requires a separate duty fee. 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. If the teacher fails to fulfill his/her assigned job the deposit fee will be used to hire a someone to serve the duty. Parents will not be accepted as substitutes.


Student must bring to the audition the original music scores and their evaluation forms(see below).

  • Please be advised that students must perform at their assigned schedule. Switching time slots or replacing with other students is not permitted. If the student can't make it they forfeit their spot.

  • Music sharing is not permitted due to scheduling difficulties. Students without music will be allowed to audition at the appointed time but will automatically receive a rating of Honorable Mention.

  • ACCOMPANISTS: Teachers and/or their students are responsible for obtaining and appropriately compensating their own accompanists prior to the events. In order to avoid scheduling conflicts with other students using the same accompanist, teachers MUST list the accompanist’s name on the registration forms prior to submission. Teachers may not accompany their students in auditions. NJMTA will provide a recommended list of accompanists should you require one.

  • EVALUATION FORMS: The evaluation sheets will be mailed once the audition schedules are set. Only teachers should fill out the evaluation form, giving all the requested details, noting the timing of each piece and making certain that each student chooses 1st and 2nd choice of recital dates. This information is used to prepare the program, so please list CORRECT keys, opus numbers, and anything that will identify the music without any doubt.


  • AWARDS: All auditionees will receive certificates. Students receiving a High Honors or Honors Rating will perform in a Recital. Honorable Mention certificates will be mailed to the teachers. Students will receive special recognition when they receive and perform in either High Honors or Honors recital in the same category for three, five, seven, and ten or more years. Medals will be given for three-year accomplishment, trophies for five and seven years and plaques for ten years and beyond. The performance years need not be consecutive, and the ratings may be a combination of High Honors and Honors performances. The student must have performed in the recital to receive credit for the award.


This is a performance-oriented program, and students must perform in recitals. 

  • Performers should arrive at least 15 minutes before their recital time to check in with the recital host and be seated in the programs order with the other performers.

  • Performers who arrive late and miss their place in the recital program may not be allowed to perform. Due to time constraints this will be at the discretion of the recital host. Teachers must see to it that each performer is given a map to the performance venue.

  • Students and their families are required to stay for the entire recital, so that the performer may receive their certificate.

  • The recital host will report the students who are absent from the recitals and return all the awards and certificates of absent students to the chairperson.

  • Students who do not participate in recitals will not receive their certificates and will not be allowed a credit towards an award for this year, except under the following circumstances:

  • Family emergency involving travel out of town or outside of the country

    1. Illness - a doctor’s note is required

    2. Broken elbow/finger – unable to play, but student must still attend the recital to receive credit for their rating

    3. School activities conflict with a team coach or teacher’s letter

  • Students are required to provide their own accompanists for the recital.

  • Student must perform in the recital that he/she is assigned. If a student performs in a recital that is not assigned for him/her, he/she will not receive the credit toward his/her award accumulation.

  • Student must perform the piece that the judge chose (as shown on evaluation form) during the audition.

  • Except for piano, the maximum length of the piece that the students perform at the winners' recital is 8 minutes for students up to 10th grade and 12 minutes for students from 11th grade up and for all adults.

  • Please note the dress code outlined in the General Information. No children dressed in sports clothes or other inappropriate attire will be allowed to perform.

  • Other issues that arise will be discussed and voted on at a board meeting after the event.

  • Teachers are expected to attend their students’ recitals to support their students and assist the recital host.

Please read the Participating Teachers Requirements section on General Information page.


This is a performance-oriented program in which students and families are expected to practice proper recital etiquette. 

  • We suggest that very young children do not attend these recitals so that they do not disrupt the students' performances.

  • No one should be moving around during a performance. Please only move between the performances.

  • No flash photography is allowed during the recitals.

  • Video cameras may be set up at the back of the recital hall, and photographers are requested to stay with their equipment during the recital.

  • There will be an opportunity to take both group and individual photographs at the end of each recital.


Click on the appropriate instrument for more details. 




CHINESE FOLK INSTRUMENTS - will not take place in 2020