Young Musicians Competition 

AUDITION DATES : Sunday, October 27, 2019 - Strings, Voice & Winds

Sunday, November 3, 2019 - Piano

PERFORMANCE DATES: Recitals will be held November 16-17, 2019 at the State Conference, Hillman Hall, Westminster Choir College, Princeton

Voice, Wind, String and Chinese Instrument Students will be divided among the two recitals.

AWARDS:    1st Place Winners – Trophies as well as Performances in the Winners Recital at theNJMTAStateConference. (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:    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.  Online credit card payment is preferred.  If it is necessary to make payment via check, see the appropriate(Instrument) page for specific instructions. Absolutely no checks from students, and no cash or money orders will be accepted. 

TEACHER DUTY DEPOSIT FEE: A separate duty deposit fee is required for all participating teachers, both member and non-member. 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 2019 auditions, please send:

$55 to enter up to 10 entries

$80 to enter 11–20 entries

$105 to enter more than 20 entries 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Submitted/postmarked no later than Tuesday, September 24, 2019. 
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 ELIGIBILITY:       Students of any age 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:

  1. If the regular teacher is incapacitated or on a sabbatical leave

  2. If the family moves out of the area

  3. In the case of a collegiate freshmen or transfer students (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:        General Guidelines

Member Teachers: Current membership dues for MTNA and NJMTA must be paid by September 1, 2019, 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, 2019, 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 postmarked 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.

MAXIMUM PERFORMANCE TIME: (except for Voice, refer to the Voice page)

Through age 10                 10 minutes

Ages 11 – 14                      15 minutes

Ages 15 – 17                      17 minutes

Ages 18 – Collegiate      20 minutes

* Students whose performance extend 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.

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. A recommended list of accompanists is available upon request. 

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Chinese Instruments 


Piano Duet