MTNA and KMTA Performance Competitions

Performance competitions are sponsored by MTNA and KMTA and designed to challenge and encourage exceptionally talented young students in pursuit of musical achievement. These competitions provide an opportunity for students to receive professional adjudication in a competition setting with rules and repertoire requirements.

MTNA Competitions

MTNA Competition rules and information can be found here. Note that rules applicable to all MTNA competitions, except those referring to division and national levels, also apply to KMTA Bluegrass Competitions.

KMTA Bluegrass Competition

KMTA Bluegrass Competition rules and information can be found here. The application deadline is September 11, 2019. KMTA Bluegrass Competitions end at the state level, but they provide an opportunity for some students to compete with more accessible repertoire requirements. Students capable of meeting more demanding repertoire guidelines should be encouraged to enter the MTNA competitions since those provide the added opportunity of advancing to division and national levels.

Other Competitions

Memorial Scholarship Classical Piano Competition

If you are a piano teacher in Eastern Kentucky, don’t forget about the Memorial Scholarship Classical Piano Competition. The Memorial Scholarship Classical Piano Competition is open to piano students in Eastern Kentucky, and is sponsored by the Ashland Area Music Teacher’s Association. Open to all high school graduates under the age of 26, the winner is awarded a cash prize!

David Moore Competition

In honor of David Moore, we now have a scholarship to encourage and inspire younger players. The David Moore Competition will be help November 9, 2019, at Eastern Kentucky University and is open to students from 18 years old and younger. The competition is divided into three divisions and each division is awarded cash prizes. There is also a special prize awarded to the best performance of a piece by David Moore. More information is available here.

The deadline to register for the David Moore Competition is November 1, 2019.


  • A student may not enter both the MTNA and KMTA Bluegrass in the same performance medium in the same year.
  • Repertoire may NOT be changed once the application is submitted.

2019 Competition Information

We’re happy to announce that Bernardo Scarambone and Eastern Kentucky University have generously offered to host the 2019 KMTA Competitions and Honors Recitals! The dates are a bit earlier than usual due to previously reserved times for EKU’s Musical and student degree recitals. With that in mind, please mark your calendars for:

October 18-20, 2019 – KMTA/MTNA Competitions and Honors Recital at Eastern Kentucky University

Parking is available in front of the Foster Music Building (2388 Crabbe St, Richmond, KY 40475) at Crabbe Street.

Big thanks to Bernardo for helping to coordinate this. We look forward to heading back at EKU next year!