ISMTA Competition Guidelines

ISMTA Competition Guidelines

ISMTA Elementary Piano Solo Performance Competition

  • Age: 7-10 as of September 1, 2017
  • Repertoire: Perform at least two contrasting pieces
  • Entry Fee: $30
  • Maximum Judging Time: 8 minutes
  • First Place Award: $75.00

ISMTA Junior Piano Solo Performance Competition

  • Age: 11-14 years old as of September 1, 2017
  • Repertoire: Perform at least two compositions from contrasting periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist or Contemporary).
  • Entry Fee: $50
  • Maximum Judging Time: 10 minutes
  • First Place Cash Prize:  $100

ISMTA Senior Piano Solo Performance Competition

  • Age: 15-18 years old as of September 1, 2017
  • Repertoire: Perform at least two compositions from contrasting periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist or Contemporary).
  • Entry Fee: $60.00
  • Maximum Judging Time: 15 minutes
  • First Place Cash Prize:  $125

 

ISMTA Young Artist Piano Solo Performance Competition

  • Age: 19-26 years old as of September 1, 2017
  • Repertoire: Perform at least two compositions from contrasting periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist or Contemporary).
  • Entry Fee: $75.00
  • Maximum Judging Time: 20 minutes
     

ISMTA Piano Duet Competition – Elementary, Junior, and Senior Divisions

  • Ages:  same age requirements as Piano Solo for each division.  If both participants are not in the same age group, they will be judged at the level of the older student.
  • Competitions: Piano, 4 hands only
  • Repertoire: Perform one free choice of duet selection
  • Entry Fee: same fee as Piano Solo per duet team for each division
  • Maximum Judging Time: 8 minutes for Elementary, 10 minutes for Junior and Senior
  • First Place Cash Prize:  same as Piano Solo for each division

 

Additional Competition Guidelines

All repertoire will be performed from memory for Piano Solo.  Music may be used for Piano Duet.

Entrants must bring one set of original music to the competition for judges. No photocopies will be given to the judges.   

There will be 2 judges for all ISMTA competitions.  Judges may confer with each other in the selection of winners.

Judges will select first place, second place and third place winners. There will be no ties for first place or second place winners, but ties may be awarded for third place. 

Honorable mentions may be awarded at judges discretion.  No limit.

First place winners are invited to perform in the Winners Recital during the annual ISMTA conference in November.  If first place winner is unable to perform in the Winners Recital, the winner status will be retained but will forfeit the cash prize.

 

If first place winner is unable to perform in the Winners Recital, the second place winner will be invited to perform.  If second place winner accepts, $50 travel stipend will be awarded.
 

Students who enter ISMTA competition may also enter MTNA competition at the same age division.
 

Please adhere strictly to the time limit at each level.  Entrants will be stopped by the judges at one or more pieces if performance time exceeds the time limit.
 

Entrants who win first place are not eligible to compete in the same age division in subsequent years.
 

Facilities permitting, ISMTA competitions are open to the general public. Teachers and competitors are encouraged to invite other students, family and friends.
 

No video or audio recording of any kind is allowed.
 

All decisions of competition judges are final.