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NATIONAL - MTNA Competitions

State competitions are the entry level to the MTNA Competitions.  The state competitions for Illinois are held in the fall at the annual ISMTA Conference.  Winners of the state competition advance to the East Central Division Competition in January, representing Illinois.   Click below to get more information on the MTNA Competitions.

MTNA Competitions 

STATE  - ISMTA Competitions

ISMTA Competitions begin at the district auditions for all levels except Collegiate Piano, which is only held at the state level.  Illinois is divided into 5 districts with students competing in the district in which the teacher resides.  Winners of each district at the Junior and Senior levels will advance to the ISMTA finals held in the fall at the annual ISMTA Conference.  The district auditions are held in early-mid October.  Click below to get more information on the ISMTA Competitions.

ISMTA Competitions

MTNA Competition and ISMTA Competition are separate competitions and are not connected in any way.

Students may not enter both the MTNA and ISMTA Competitions in the same category in the same year. 

LOCAL - Many local associations sponsor competitions and festivals for the students of their members.  Often these competitions and festivals offer opportunities for public performances through winners recitals and student recitals.  Click below to go to the local association listings.  Many local associations have a website.

Local Associations


Competitions Chair
Jennifer Cohen
13 Old Barn Rd
Hawthorn Woods, IL 60047
(847) 438-7971

MTNA Young Artist, Chamber Music and ISMTA Collegiate Competitions
Susan Tang
Department of Music and Dance
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 442-5905

MTNA & ISMTA Senior Competitions
Dr. Rochelle Sennet  
2134 Music Bldg
Urbana, IL  61801
(217) 244-6679

MTNA & ISMTA Junior Competitions
Dr. Yeeseon Kwon
8300 Concord Dr. Unit 311
Morton Grove, IL 60053
(847) 910-9746

MTNA Student Composition Competitions
Heidi Mayer
531 N Sylviawood Ave
Park Ridge, IL 60068-2243
(847) 698-3788

Gold Star Recital Chair
Karen Tobias
314 Linden Ave
Wilmette, IL 60091
(847) 251-6545


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