Alabama Music Teachers Association
Affiliated with Music Teachers National Association

Audition Info

Alabama In-State Auditions

The entry fee for all solo and concerto AMTA auditions is $30. Non-members may enter students for an entry fee of $60. Members who renewed and who paid their membership dues after October 1 (extended to Nov. 1 for 2019-2020 year) must pay the non-member fee of $60.

All state level winners are invited to perform at the next AMTA State Conference. Information regarding your winner recital or masterclass can be obtained from the competition chair.

AMTA - MTNA Composition Information

Information about both AMTA & MTNA Composition opportunities can be found here.

Registration

Effective 2020-2021, all district and state AMTA auditions now exclusively utilize on-line registration. Teachers may register their students at https://amta.tenutoweb.com/. All fees will be paid via credit card. For 2020-2021, all state events will be held virtually. Districts will be live or virtual depending upon local restrictions, and the Auditions Schedule page lists whether each district is live or virtual.

District Piano Auditions

Eligibility:

These auditions are for piano students through high school age and are held in March or April of each year. The new requirements, instituted in the fall of 2019, are:

Repertoire: Two works of contrasting style from one of the five classical periods of music to be performed. The third work should be of the student’s and teacher’s choice. The third work could repeat a historic style represented in the first two works, or it could include a transcription, arrangement, hymn, pop music, jazz, or student’s own composition. The third choice selected must be on a comparable level of difficulty as the other two pieces. The student must have printed music for all three pieces in order to receive a rating (if student is performing a composition, it must be notated and printed from a music notation program such as Finale). If a student does not have at least 2 different periods represented or does not have music for all three pieces performed, the student will receive a score of CO- Comments Only, therefore being ineligible to move on to state auditions.

New District Pre-College Piano Auditions: The Tiered Approach

Gold Level: Perform three works within new repertoire requirements above. All pieces must be memorized. Perform the existing requirements for theory for the student’s appropriate age.

Silver Level: Perform three works within new repertoire requirements above. All pieces must be memorized. Theory requirements: Division I may perform theory up to two years below their current age; Division II may perform Age 10 theory or above; Division III may perform Age 13 theory or above. This would eliminate the transfer and older beginner categories that so often confuse our members as this level would cover those stu- dents as well as any others who feel they fit here.

Bronze Level: Perform two works of contrasting style from one of the five classical periods. Pieces must be memorized. No theory component.

To qualify for state, students must be performing at the gold level or silver level and earn the “double O.” Any student, regardless of age, that attains the “double O” score in gold or silver level, is eligible to go to state auditions. (This removes the age 10 requirement to perform at State Conference).

How to Register:

Visit https://amta.tenutoweb.com/ for registration. The deadlines for entry are published at https://amta.tenutoweb.com/ as well as on the Audition Schedules page of this site. For more specific information about dates, locations and district chairs, see: Audition Schedules.

State Piano Auditions

Held Virtually in 2021

The Piano Division of these competitions is held in May of each year. Students perform the same repertoire as in the Division level of the audition, but do not do the Theory requirements again. Approximately 10-20% of these students are chosen as Winners and asked to perform at the next AMTA State Conference.

The Woodwind, Brass & Voice Divisions of these competitions are held at the time and place of the College Solo Auditions (or elsewhere as the Chair determines appropriate). The entrants in this audition will perform at least three pieces of contrasting style and also pass a theory exam as printed in the AMTA Student Activities Handbook. In each category, approximately 10-20% of these students are chosen as Winners. For specific information regarding location, dates and chairperson, see: Audition Schedules.

College Auditions: Piano, Woodwinds, Brass & Voice

Held virtually in 2021

Winners are asked to perform at the next AMTA State Conference.

Eligibility:

Open to any college-level student in Piano, Voice, Woodwinds, or Brass who is studying with an AMTA member in good standing or is a student member of AMTA. Students of non-members may pay the non-member entry fee of $60. Students who are non-music majors may enter the AMTA College Solo Division as long as they are taking lessons for credit.

Requirements:

A program of three solo compositions representing different stylistic periods and totaling no less than eight minutes. Singers may prepare more than three songs to meet the eight minute requirement. These compositions may total more than 15 minutes but only that amount will be heard in the audition.

Concerto compositions are not acceptable for piano, and only one of the three works for orchestral instruments may be a concerto. If a student elects to program a concerto movement, it must be memorized. Memory is otherwise optional for performers on orchestral instruments. Memory is required for voice and piano.

How to Register:

Registration Fee: $30 for members; $60 for non-members

Registration available at https://amta.tenutoweb.com/.

For More Information:

Contact Paul Houghtaling at phoughtaling@ua.edu.

Pre-College and College Piano Concerto Auditions

Held virtually in 2021.

Eligibility:

Open to any college and pre-college level student in Piano who is studying with an AMTA member in good standing or is a student member of AMTA. Students of non-members must pay the non-member entry fee of $60. Students who are non-music majors may enter the AMTA College Piano Concerto Auditions as long as they are taking lessons for credit.

Requirements:

Requirements: One movement of a concerto or a complete single-movement work for piano and orchestra. Each entrant is required to supply their own accompanist.

How to Register:

Registration Fee: $30 ($60 for non-members).

For More Information:

Contact Kevin Chance at k.t.chance@gmail.com

College Chamber Music Auditions: Woodwinds and Brass

Held Virtually in 2021

Eligibility:

Open to any college-level students in Piano, Voice, Woodwinds, or Brass who are studying with an AMTA member in good standing or is a student member of AMTA. Students of non-members may pay the non-member entry fee of $60. Students who are non-music majors may enter as long as they are taking lessons for credit.

Requirements:

A program of two chamber works for 3-10 performers representing different stylistic periods. These compositions may total more than 15 minutes but only that amount will be heard in the audition. Memorization is non-required.

How to Register:

Visit https://amta.tenutoweb.com/.

For More Information:

Contact Paul Houghtaling at phoughtaling@ua.edu.

College Chamber Music Auditions: Strings

This competition is held virtually in 2021.

Eligibility:

Open to any college-level students in Piano, Voice, and Strings who are studying with an AMTA member in good standing or is a student member of AMTA. Students of non-members may pay the non-member entry fee of $60. Students who are non-music majors may enter as long as they are taking lessons for credit.

Requirements:

A program of two chamber works for 3-10 performers representing different stylistic periods. These compositions may total more than 15 minutes but only that amount will be heard in the audition. Memorization is non-required.

How to Register:

Visit https://amta.tenutoweb.com/.

For More Information:

Contact: Kathryn Lamb, 423-895-9422, Klamb@samford.edu

Pre-College Auditions: Woodwinds, Brass & Voice

Voice, woodwind, and brass instruments - NOT STRINGS (see sections above and below regarding strings).

Held Virtually in 2021.

Requirements:

Repertoire Requirements “INSTRUMENTAL: All entrants must perform three works representing different style periods. All compositions needs NOT be composed historically in the period they represent. These compositions may total more than 15 minutes, but only that amount will be heard in the audition. Memory is optional for woodwind and brass entrants.

Repertoire Requirements "VOICE: Vocalists should prepare a program according to the following guidelines. If the student has studied two years of study or less, students should two contrasting art songs in English. If the student has studied three or more years, students should prepare three contrasting art songs, one of which must be sung in Italian.

How to Register:

Registration Fee: $30 ($60 for non-members)

Visit https://amta.tenutoweb.com/ to register.

For More Information:

Contact Paul Houghtaling at phoughtaling@ua.edu

College & Pre-College Strings and Pre-College Chamber Music Auditions

College strings (solo); Pre-college strings solo, concerto, and chamber music including piano/string ensembles.

How to Register:

Registration Fee: $30 ($60 for non-members)

Visit https://amta.tenutoweb.com/ to register.

For More Information:

Contact: Kathryn Lamb, 423-895-9422, Klamb@samford.edu 

 

National Auditions

AMTA - MTNA Composition Information

Information about both AMTA & MTNA Composition opportunities can be found here.

 

Music Teachers National Association (www.mtna.org)
 
The Alabama State MTNA Competitions are the first of the 3-tiered competitions (State, Division, National) in the areas of Brass, Piano, Strings, Voice, Woodwinds, Chamber Music, Piano Duet and Composition. Competitors enter in one of the following age categories: Junior (11-14), Senior (15-18) and Young Artist (19-26). One winner is chosen from each category to represent the state at the division level in January, which will be a video competition; winners of the division level compete at the National Competitions held annually at the national conference.
 
More information about eligibility and how to apply can be found here.
 
This year’s state competitions will be held on November 1-2, 2019, at Birmingham-Southern College. The application deadline is 3:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.
 
Summary:
When: November 1-2, 2019
Where: Birmingham-Southern College
Birmingham, Alabama
Chair: Jodean Tingle, 205-305-3110
Registration Deadline: 3:00 P.M. Eastern Time September 11, 2019
Winners and representatives will submit a video for Southern Division Competitions. Division winners and representatives go to the National Competitions held at the National Conference.