Student events are contests, festivals and competitions

NCMTA Student Events

NCMTA offers annual student events, performance and composition opportunities that are designed to stimulate and recognize constant growth. These include the NCMTA Performance Festival for Piano, Voice, and Concert Instruments, and the NCMTA Young Composers Contest.

The purpose of the NCMTA Performance Festival is to provide voice, piano and concert instrument students of all ages, and their teachers, a means of receiving constructive feedback from competent judges. The NCMTA Performance Festival is non-competitive, meaning, students are not judged against others, but instead are adjudicated on their own merits. 

The purpose of the NCMTA Young Composers Contest is to provide student composers a means of receiving constructive feedback from a competent judge. Winners at the first, second, third place and honorable mention levels are identified.

Our Performance Festival is held annually in the early part of the year, in two phases – District and State.

Registration for 2023 performance festivals is coming soon. We will be live and in-person. Check back for details.

  • Click to view attached PDF, which contains all District and State dates and locations. 
  • REGISTRATION will be live before Christmas on the Registration Central page of this website. 
  • Deadline for registration will be January 20th, 2023.


    • $25 per student, per round (district/state); 
    • additional $50 festival registration fee for non-NCMTA teachers.


    • Piano
    • Voice
    • Concert Instruments (Strings/Winds)

    Want information on Repertoire and Regulations? Click below. 

    Piano Performance Repertoire and Regulations 

    Concert Instruments Repertoire and Regulations 

    Voice Performance Repertoire and Regulations 


    We have a few unresolved issues regarding both the State West Festival venue and the availability of a Chairperson for the Mars Hill District (#1). Please stay tuned, as we work these things out.

    Interested in volunteering? 

    NCMTA Performance Festival is always looking for dedicated members to help out with student events. Get connected in the community, meet other NCMTA members, and support live student performance!

    Questions? Reach out to Emily Morgan or Bridget O’Leary, Festival Co-Directors.

  • Young Composer’s Contest information
  • Contest opens again summer of 2023. Check back often for details,

    NCMTA Student Events

    NCMTA offers annual student events that are performance and composition opportunities.

    MTNA Student Events

    Our national parent association, MTNA (Music Teachers National Association), also offers students performance adjudication opportunities, distinct from our own NCMTA student events.

    NCMTA versus MTNA – What’s the Difference?

    NCMTA is an affiliate of MTNA. In other words, MTNA is the parent organization of NCMTA. To join NCMTA, you must join MTNA and choose your state affiliation – two memberships, two fees, one registration!