Concert Instrument Performance Festival is an adjudicated, non-competitive opportunity for students

NCMTA Concert Instrument Performance Festival  

A valuable opportunity

NCMTA continues to provide ways to increase our service to our membership and to North Carolina musicians of all ages. The Concert Instrument Performance Festival, a division of the NCMTA Performance Festival, provides a valuable opportunity for wind and string players to perform for the state’s top adjudicators.

The inaugural festival took place online during September and October of 2021. Outstanding participants were invited to participate in the Honors Recital during the NCMTA annual conference.

How it works

Participants register for the Junior or Senior level, based on their two repertoire selections, and submit recordings online. New to the Performance Festival, there is also a collegiate level for musicians enrolled at North Carolina colleges and universities. 

Annual Festival Information

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

Performance Festival Information

  • Our NCMTA Performance Festivals are held in the early part of each year in two phases – District and State.
  • Students eligible to participate in the State Festival are those who earned Highest Honors at District. 
  • REGISTRATION for the 2024 DISTRICT performance festivals is now closed.
  • Dates and locations for the District performance festivals are shown below.

IMPORTANT: As you register, you will see date and location information on the registration form.


Students who earn Highest Honors at the State Level performance festival are invited to perform in the Honors Recital at the annual conference. Information regarding participation in the honors recital is emailed to teachers of eligible students.

Regulations, Standards, Instruments and Repertoire

Repertoire is teacher-student directed.  Click the button below for the Concert Instrument Festival Booklet, which contents include Standards Assessment Rubric, Festival Regulations, and Suggested Repertoire Lists.

Have Piano or Voice students, too?

Questions? Contact the Concert Instrument Festival Chair, Dr. Nicolas Lira, at