Competitions

UMTA provides opportunities for students to hone their musical skills by performing in competitions. These competitions are highly competitive and offer monetary awards.

The MTNA Performance and Composition Competitions are held in the Fall each year. This is a highly competitive competition and should not be entered lightly. The entry fee is quite high and there are NO refunds once application has been made through the MTNA website. If you are not sure your student is qualified for this competition, please contact the competition chair.

Performance Evaluations are a great alternative for non-competitive students.

The first round of UMTA/MTNA Performance/Composition Competitions is held on the state level. The winners proceed to the division level, where they submit their performance via digital means. The winners from the division go on to perform at the MTNA National Conference, competing to win national honors and a monetary award.

The UMTA Composition Competition has a much lower entry fee than the MTNA competition. This is done to give as many students as possible the opportunity to experiment with composing, having their score judged, and receive comments back.

The Concerto Competitions are held on the state level, and have only one round of competitions. A financial award is offered the winners of this competition. Please select a competition below to see more details.

Ebony Prize Competition


Ebony Music Inc. is pleased to sponsor the Ebony Prize for the best performance of a piece by a Black composer at the 2023 National Finals of the MTNA Junior, Senior and Young Artist Piano Competitions. The webinar link above highlights exciting repertoire that is well-suited for competitions for each level of competition. Learn how to teach these pieces, listen to performances, and learn where to access these scores. With such a wide array of music at various levels, teachers will surely find exciting music to add to their teaching and performing repertoire.
Ebony Music Inc. is pleased to sponsor the Ebony Prize for the best performance of a piece by a Black composer at the 2023 National Finals of the MTNA Junior, Senior and Young Artist Piano Competitions. This webinar highlights exciting repertoire that is well-suited for competitions for each level of competition. Learn how to teach these pieces, listen to performances, and learn where to access these scores. With such a wide array of music at various levels, teachers will surely find exciting music to add to their teaching and performing repertoire.

MTNA Stecher & Horowitz Two Piano Competition


MTNA–Stecher and Horowitz Two Piano Competition
2022 National Finalists


There are five national finalists for this competition and TWO of the five teams have roots in Utah.

Animo Duo (Kaden Larson, former student of Scott Holden, pursuing a doctoral degree at Indiana University Jacob's School of Music; and Hyrum Arnesen former student of Stephen Beus, pursuing a doctoral degree at Cincinatti Conservatory School of Music.)

Yanqi Wang (student of Ning Lu) and Qi Su (student of Jie Lu)

Congratulations to all and best of luck. Winners will be announced at the 2022 MTNA National Conference.