2018 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 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 rules and information can be found here. The application deadline is September 12, 2018. 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.


  • 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.

The MTNA and KMTA Bluegrass Competitions will be held on Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4 at Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, KY. Keyboard competitions will be held on Saturday; instrumental, vocal, and chamber music competitions will be held on Sunday. It is not possible to accommodate students’ requests for specific audition times.

Hotel Information

KMTA has reserved rooms at a special, lower rate at several area hotels.

Make sure to note that these deals are reserved under the name KMTA!

You can find the hotel addresses and contact information here.

Other Competitions

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!