Piano Contest 2019

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!


Preliminaries are held on Saturday and Sunday, February 2&3, 2019 at Bethel University

Finals are held on Saturday and Sunday, March 16-17, 2019 at U of M, Ferguson Hall

Please note that finals occur at the end of the White Bear/Centennial Spring Break and it's the first weekend of Moundsview's Spring Break.

The Honors Concert for winners is on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the Minneapolis Convention Center

Entrance fee is $22 per contest entry


Registration Deadline is March 1, 2019 and is $21 fee