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2009-2010 student competitions.

Student competitions are one of MTNA's most successful, long-term programs. For more than 40 years, the competitions have provided young musicians and their teachers with opportunities for encouragement and growth.

Linda Stump, director of competitions, oversees the officials who are charged with coordinating specific competitions: Sally Laird, NCTM, Junior Competitions coordinator; Sigrid Luther, NCTM, Senior Competitions coordinator; Jeanne Grealish, NCTM; Young Artist Competitions coordinator; James Norden, Chamber Music Competition coordinator; and Roger Foltz, NCTM, Composition Competitions coordinator. These coordinators also work with state and division competition volunteers.

The following pages contain the general guidelines for the 2009-2010 Competitions. Specific guidelines for each competition level, state and division competition dates and contact information for state, division and national competition officials, as well as a composer classification list, can be found in the competitions section of the MTNA website. A listing of past competition winners and officials is also available online.

The MTNA Student Competitions consist of three levels: State Competition, Division Competition and National Finals.

PERFORMANCE COMPETITIONS

The purposes of the Music Teachers National Association performance competitions are to provide educational experiences for students and teachers and to recognize exceptionally talented young artists and their teachers in their pursuit of musical excellence. The state competitions are considered the primary educational level with the division and national levels showcasing outstanding performance and honoring significant pedagogical achievement.

MTNA Junior Performance Competitions

Sponsored by:

Kawai America, sponsor of the piano competition

Yamaha Corp. of America, Orchesral Strings Department, sponsor of the string competition

The MTNA FOUNDATION FUND, sponsor of the woodwind competition

MTNA Senior Performance Competitions

Sponsored by:

Yamaha Corp. of America, Piano Division, sponsor of the piano competition

Dallas Weekley and Nancy Arganbright, sponsor of the piano duet competition

The MTNA FOUNDATION FUND, sponsor of the brass, string, voice and woodwind competitions

MTNA Young Artist Performance Competitions

Sponsored by:

Steinway & Sons, sponsor of the piano competition

The MTNA FOUNDATION FUND, sponsor of the brass, string, voice and woodwind competitions

MTNA Chamber Music Performance Competition

Sponsored by:

Allen I. McHose Scholarship Fund

COMPOSITION COMPETITIONS The purpose of the Music Teachers National Association composition competition is to encourage creativity and self-expression in student musicians through the art of composing and to recognize their achievements, as well as the significant work of their teachers.

MTNA Composition Competitions

Sponsored by:

Morty and Iris Manus, sponsors of the elementary and junior competitions

Hal Leonard Corporation, sponsor of the senior competition

The MTNA FOUNDATION FUND, sponsor of the young artist competition

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