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 $25. Non-members may enter students for an entry fee of $50.

The entry fee for chamber music competitions is $10 per group member. The non-member entry fee for chamber music is $20 per group member.

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.

District Piano Auditions

Eligibility:

These auditions are for piano students through high school age and are held in March or April of each year. They are composed of a Performance component of three pieces of contrasting style and a Theory component (scales, arpeggios, cadences, etc.), which is age specific. Students ages 10 and older receiving an outstanding rating in both Performance and Theory can progress on to the State level of this competition in May.

How to Register:

Application forms are published each year on the AMTA website. The deadlines for entry are generally two to three weeks before the audition date. For more specific information about dates, locations and district chairs, see: Audition Schedules

NEW FOR 2017: PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE DIFFERENT FORMS FOR THE DISTRICT AND STATE LEVELS.

State Piano Auditions

Held at University of Alabama

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 at University of Alabama

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 $50. 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: $25, payable to AMTA ($50 for non-members)

Send audition packets to: Dr. Paul Houghtaling, 1924 Fox Ridge Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35406

For More Information:

Contact Paul Houghtaling at phoughtaling@ua.edu or 646-345-5584

College Piano Concerto Auditions

Held at Samford University

Eligibility:

Open to any college-level student in Piano who us studying wth 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 $50. 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: $25, payable to AMTA ($50 for non-members).

Send audition packets to: Brent Reeves, 3508 Laurel View Rd, Hoover, AL 35216.

For More Information:

Contact Brent Reeves at brentreevespiano@bellsouth.net or 205-913-9985.

College Chamber Music Auditions: Woodwinds and Brass

Held at University of Alabama. This competition is for groups that are primarily composed of woodwind and brass instruments.

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 $20. 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:

Registration Fee: $10 per group member, payable to AMTA ($20 per group member for non-members)

Send audition packets to: Dr. Paul Houghtaling, 1924 Fox Ridge Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35406

For More Information:

Contact Paul Houghtaling at phoughtaling@ua.edu or 646-345-5584

College Chamber Music Auditions: Strings

This competition is for groups that are primarily composed of string instruments. Held at:

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Hulsey Center for the Arts

950 13th Street South

Birmingham, AL 35233

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 $20. 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:

Registration Fee: $10 per group member, payable to AMTA ($20 per group member for non-members)

Send audition packets to: Julianne Odahowski Steele, 507 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL 35209

For More Information:

Contact Julianne Odahowski Steele at julianneosteele@gmail.com

Pre-College Auditions: Woodwinds, Brass & Voice

Voice, woodwind, and brass instruments—NO STRINGS (See below). Held at the University of Alabama

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: $25, payable to AMTA ($50 for non-members)

Send audition packets to: Dr. Paul Houghtaling, 1924 Fox Ridge Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35406

For More Information:

Contact Paul Houghtaling at phoughtaling@ua.edu or 646-345-5584

College & Pre-College Strings and Chamber Music Auditions

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

How to Register:

Registration Fee: $25 ($50 for non-members), payable to AMTA.

Send audition packets to: Julianne Odahowski Steele, 507 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL 35209

For More Information:

Contact Julianne Odahowski Steele at julianneosteele@gmail.com


National Auditions

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, 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; 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 October 27-28 at Auburn University. The application deadline is 3:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, September 13.

Summary:
When: October 27–28, 2017
Where: Auburn University
Auburn, Alabama
Registration Deadline: 3:00 P.M. Eastern Time September 13, 2017
Winners will advance to the Southern Division Competitions, January 12–15, 2018, at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.