ISMTA Competition Guidelines

ISMTA Primary Piano Solo Performance Competition

  • Age: Grades 1-3 in 2018-19 school year

  • Repertoire: Perform two contrasting pieces

  • Entry Fee: $30

  • Maximum Judging Time: 6 minutes

  • First Place Award: $50
     

ISMTA Elementary Piano Solo Performance Competition

  • Age: Grades 4-6 in 2018-19 school year

  • Repertoire: Perform two contrasting pieces

  • Entry Fee: $40

  • Maximum Judging Time: 8 minutes

  • First Place Award: $75.00

 

ISMTA Junior Piano Solo Performance Competition

  • Age: Grades 7-9 in 2018-19 school year

  • Repertoire: Perform at least two pieces 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: Grades 10-12 in 2018-19 school year

  • Repertoire: Perform at least two pieces from contrasting periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist or Contemporary).

  • Entry Fee: $60.00

  • Maximum Judging Time: 15 minutes

  • First Place Cash Prize:  $125

 

ISMTA Collegiate Piano Solo Performance Competition

  • Age: Open to any undergraduate music student, full or part time, in the 2018-19 academic year

  • Repertoire: Perform at least two pieces from contrasting periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist or Contemporary).

  • Entry Fee: $75.00

  • Maximum Judging Time: 20 minutes

  • First Place Cash Prize:  $200

 

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 Duet, 1 Piano, 4 Hand

  • 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
     

ISMTA Competition Rules and Requirements

ISMTA Competitions are open to any student studying with a member of ISMTA.  Dues must be paid by the application deadline, otherwise, a $150 non-member fee will be assessed or entrant(s) will be withdrawn from the competition.  

Instruction must take place in Illinois, either a private studio, music school, college or university.  Students do not have to be Illinois residents.

Pre-college students must have studied with the enrolling teacher 6 months prior to application deadline.  This requirement is waived for students entering in their first year of college or university with their new teacher.  

Students who enter ISMTA competition may also enter MTNA competition.

Students 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.

No video or audio recording of any kind is allowed.

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

Judges may declare no first place winner.

Honorable mentions may be awarded at judges discretion.  

All decisions of competition judges are final
 

Additional Competition Guidelines
 

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

All entrants must bring one set of original music to the competition for judges. No photocopies will be given to the judges. Duet entrants may use photocopy of music for competition but winners must use original music on stage.
 

Music purchased online is acceptable with proof of purchase, usually stamped on the music.
 

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.

First place winners are invited to perform in the Winners Recital during the annual ISMTA conference in late October.  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.
 

The Winners Recitals will be at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois

Saturday, October 27, 2018, 5:00 pm (time subject to change)

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