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MMTA Contest Dates

MMTA (Minnesota Music Teachers Association) State Piano Contest
To encourage high performance standards, MMTA sponsors State Piano Contest Preliminaries in each district throughout the state in late January/early February, and State Piano Contest Finals in March of each year. Over 5000 students enter the State Piano Contest annually. Pianists with the highest scores in the State Piano Contest Finals are selected to perform in ensembles at the State Honors Concert in June, at Northrop Auditorium on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. This concert has grown into a gala event involving 700 young performers on 20 grand pianos.

Students perfect one piece to play for the judge. Contest is usually held at Bethel or the U of M and students just play their piece in a room for one judge - so it's not that threatening :) This is a great chance for students to really work on polishing a piece and gain experience in a contest setting. In addition, they receive comments from another teacher about their performance. The gala concert features 20 performers at one time – 10 on part one of a duet, and 10 on part two of a duet – a regular “Piano” ensemble of grand proportions!


Registration Deadline for Prelims is December 1, 2017 $21 fee per student registered

1-27-2018 and 1-28-2018 Bethel University Preliminaries

Registration Deadline for Finals is Saturday, February 4, 2017  $21 fee per student registered

3-10-2018 and 3-11-2018 U of M Ferguson Hall 

Honors concert is usually the 2nd Saturday in June. Rehearsals are in April, May and June on various Saturdays


Registration Deadline is March 1, 2018 and is $21 fee