Voice Performance Festival is an adjudicated, non-competitive student opportunity.

NCMTA Voice Performance Festival

A Valuable Opportunity for Students

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

How It Works

The NCMTA Voice Performance Festival is an opportunity for voice students to perform classical, musical theater or CCM repertoire and receive constructive feedback by competent evaluators.  The Voice Performance Festival is open to students in grades K through 12, college, and adults, for solo and duet entries.  Students perform in one of eight District Festivals held conveniently across the state.  Students unable to attend a nearby festival may submit video entries online for evaluation.

Students who earn the title of Highest Honors are invited to perform again in one of two state festivals.  Students who earn the title of Highest Honors at the state level are then invited to perform on a Master Class at the NCMTA Annual Conference and/or in the distinguished NCMTA Music Festival Honors Recital.

What to Prepare. What to Expect.

Students should prepare 2-3 pieces from memory, and must provide their own accompanist (not their teacher) if the festival is held in-person. Repertoire is teacher-choice. All pieces must be performed within a 10 minute time slot. Teachers will be required to assist in monitoring on the day of the festival. Students are adjudicated on their tone, breathing/alignment, language/diction, musicianship, and artistry/expression. Any student receiving an overall score of Highest Honors will be invited to perform the same pieces at the State level. Students earning Highest Honors at the State level will be invited to perform either in a master class or at an honors recital at the NCMTA State Conference of the same year.

Repertoire is teacher-student directed. 

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 this year’s performance festivals is now closed.
  • Students earning Highest Honors at both State and District levels are eligible to perform in the Honors Recitals at conference.

IMPORTANT: As you register, you will see date and location information on the registration form. When button is grey, registration is not active.

Honors Recital

Student who earn Highest Honors at the State Level NCMTA Performance Festival are invited to perform in the Honors Recital at the annual state conference. Information regarding the honors recital is emailed to teachers of eligible students.

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Questions? Contact the Voice Section Chair.

Currently serving is Annette Stowe: voice@ncmta.org.