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.

2020 Competition Information

COVID-19 Update:

Despite our high hopes of gathering together at WKU for 2020 competitions, we have decided to move competitions to an online platform for both the safety of our members and the uncertainty of potential campus closures due to COVID-19 this coming fall.  

Important Dates:

  • September 16: Registration Deadline
  • October 16: Video Submission Deadline

We will be working alongside MTNA over the next few weeks to develop detailed guidelines. An email will be sent to the full membership when that is available on our website.  

Although this year’s competitions will certainly look different, we are eager to keep the competition spirit alive and confident they will be a success


This year’s KMTA/MTNA Competition and State Honors Recital will be held November 6-8, 2020 at Western Kentucky University.

WKU Hosts, Zachary Lopes and Donald Speer, are excited to have KMTA members, students, and families back on the WKU campus. Feel free to contact Zach Lopes directly at zachary.lopes@wku.edu with any questions regarding this year’s competitions and State Honors Recital.

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 16, 2020. 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.

Note:

  • 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.