Piano Contests 2011-2012

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 1,2011

1-28-2012 and 1-29-2012 Bethel University Preliminaries

Registration Deadline for Finals is Friday, February 3,2012

3-10-2012 and 3-11-2012 U of M Ferguson Hall Finals

(NOTE: Finals are held the 1st weekend of Spring Break for Roseville and Centennial schools, so plan accordingly)


4-14 in Brooklyn Center

4-28 in Brooklyn Center

5-12 in Brooklyn Center

5-19 at Minneapolis Convention Center


5-19 at Minneapolis Convention Center, 7-9:30pm


Registration Deadline is March 1, 2012 and is $18 fee