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MMTA Collegiate Competition Information

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MMTA Collegiate Competitions are supported by a grant from Mississippi Arts Commission

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State Level
Revised January 2021

This document replaces all MMTA Collegiate requirements prior to January 2021.

Mississippi Music Teachers Association

ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The MMTA Collegiate Competition is designed to recognize and award talented college music students whose teachers are current members of the MTNA and MMTA. This competition is divided into categories and divisions regarding age, instrumentation, and genre.

APPLICATION DEADLINE
Applications must be completed by April 19, 2021.

RESULTS
Competition results will be announced on May 1st, 2021.


COMPETITION PRIZES

First and second place winners will be named in each category and division. At the discretion of the judge(s), honorable mention may also be named. Winners will receive medals and/or certificates.


AGE RESTRICTIONS

Freshman/Sophomore - undergraduate students in their first or second year of applied study at a maximum age of 23 by the application deadline.
Junior/Senior - undergraduate students in their third or fourth year of applied study at a maximum age of 25 by the application deadline.
Emerging Artist - undergraduate students who are at a maximum age of 30 by the application deadline.
Undergraduate Orchestra Concerto/Aria - undergraduate students who are at a maximum age of 30 by the application deadline.
Graduate - graduate students who are at a maximum age of 35 by the application deadline.


COMPETITION RULES AND PROCEDURES

- The 2021 MMTA Collegiate Competition is an online pre-recorded video competition.
- Students are allowed to compete in multiple categories and divisions as long as they perform different repertoire in each event.
- Performance or recording will be stopped when maximum time is reached (does not affect results).
- Entrant chooses first selection; judges determine remaining order of performance.
- Individual movements of suites, sonatas or other groupings that can be performed as musical units are permitted.
- Cuts in solo parts are not permitted. Repeats are left to the discretion of entrant.
- Cuts in the tutti (piano accompaniment) parts of movements are allowed and encouraged.
- Live accompaniments are preferred; however, if entrants are unable meet with accompanists due to state or local orders, prerecorded accompaniments are acceptable. CDs and online platforms such as SmartMusic.com, Appcompanist.com, Piano Accompaniments.com and Acapella may be utilized as appropriate.
- Scores of all music performed must be uploaded with the application. Scores must have measures numbered at the beginning of each system.
- Entrants will abide by all copyright laws and have permission to use all music given to judges and accompanists during the competitions as outlined here.
- Categories with fewer than 3 applicants may be cancelled. Categories also may be combined, when amenable to all parties. In this case, students have the right of refusal and refund.


CATEGORIES AND DIVISIONS

The MMTA Collegiate Competition is divided into the following categories and divisions, each with its own requirements:

VOICE CATEGORY
FRESHMAN/SOPHOMORE SOLO DIVISION
Entrants will sing two art songs of contrasting styles from different periods of song literature, performed in the original language. One song must be in English and the second must be in a language other than English. This division is designed for the performance of art songs, not opera or oratorio arias. All selections must be memorized. Performance time limit: 10 minutes.
JUNIOR/SENIOR SOLO DIVISION
Vocal selections will be three (3) contrasting art songs in three different languages from different periods of song literature, all performed in the original language. One selection must be in English. All songs must be art songs, not opera or oratorio arias. All selections must be memorized. Performance time limit: 10 minutes.
EMERGING ARTIST SOLO DIVISION
Vocal selections will be three (3) contrasting art songs in three different languages from different periods of song literature, all performed in the original language. One selection must be in English. All songs must be art songs, not opera or oratorio arias. All selections must be memorized. Performance time limit: 10 minutes.
UNDERGRADUATE ARIA DIVISION
One (1) vocal aria from an opera, oratorio or classical cantata, sung in the original language and in the original key. Performance time limit: 10 minutes.
GRADUATE SOLO DIVISION
Vocal selections will be five (5), contrasting art songs in three different languages from different periods of song literature, all performed in the original language. One selection must be in English. All songs must be art songs, not opera or oratorio arias. All selections must be memorized. Performance time limit: 15 minutes.

PIANO CATEGORY
FRESHMAN/SOPHOMORE SOLO DIVISION
Entrants will perform one composition (memorized) of their choice. This may be one movement of a multi-movement work. Performance time limit: 10 minutes.
JUNIOR/SENIOR SOLO DIVISION
Three (3) solo selections (single movements are acceptable) representing at least two (2) contrasting styles chosen from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, and the Contemporary periods are required. All compositions must be memorized with the exception of Avant Garde works composed after 1950. Performance time limit: 15 minutes.
EMERGING ARTIST SOLO DIVISION
Three (3) solo selections (single movements are acceptable) representing at least two (2) contrasting styles chosen from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, and the Contemporary periods are required. All compositions must be memorized with the exception of Avant Garde works composed after 1950. Performance time limit: 15 minutes.
UNDERGRADUATE ORCHESTRA CONCERTO DIVISION
A movement (memorized) of a concerto for piano, or a composition originally composed for piano and orchestra. Performance time limit: 15 minutes.
GRADUATE SOLO DIVISION
Solo selections (single movements are acceptable) representing at least three (3) contrasting styles chosen from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, and the Contemporary periods are required. All compositions must be memorized with the exception of Avant Garde works composed after 1950. Performance time limit: 20 minutes.

INSTRUMENTAL CATEGORY
This category is for brass, classical guitar, all orchestral percussion, string and woodwind instruments.
FRESHMAN/SOPHOMORE SOLO DIVISION
Entrants will perform any published solo of their choice. The selection must be an original work for the instrument and, if conceived with an accompaniment, must be performed with the accompaniment. Memorization is optional. Performance time limit: 10 minutes.
JUNIOR/SENIOR SOLO DIVISION
Entrants will perform two compositions from contrasting periods. One of the compositions must be an original work for the instrument. The other composition may be a transcription, although arrangements and transcriptions are to be avoided if at all possible. Compositions originally conceived with an accompaniment must be performed with accompaniment. Memorization is optional. Performance time limit: 15 minutes.
EMERGING ARTIST SOLO DIVISION
Entrants will perform two compositions from contrasting periods. One of the compositions must be an original work for the instrument. The other composition may be a transcription, although arrangements and transcriptions are to be avoided if at all possible. Compositions originally conceived with an accompaniment must be performed with accompaniment. Memorization is optional. Performance time limit: 15 minutes.
UNDERGRADUATE ORCHESTRA CONCERTO DIVISION
One (1) movement of a concerto for the solo instrument and orchestra, or a composition originally composed for that instrument and orchestra. Memorization is preferred. Performance time limit: 15 minutes.
GRADUATE SOLO DIVISION
Entrants will perform three (3) compositions from contrasting periods. One of the compositions must be an original work for the instrument. The other composition may be a transcription, although arrangements and transcriptions are to be avoided if at all possible. Compositions originally conceived with an accompaniment must be performed with accompaniment. Memorization is optional.

JAZZ SOLO CATEGORY
This category is open to all instruments and voice. Recorded accompaniments are acceptable. Stereo systems will be provided for recorded accompaniments, but students must supply their own accompaniment recording. Recorded accompaniments may not be duplications of copyrighted materials. Contestants are not required to supply scores or lead sheets for the adjudicator.
FRESHMAN/SOPHOMORE SOLO DIVISION
VOICE: A medium to fast tempo 32-bar standard song form and a ballad.
INSTRUMENTAL: A standard 32-bar song form and a 12-bar blues.
All selections must be memorized. Performance time limit: 10 minutes.
JUNIOR/SENIOR SOLO DIVISION
VOICE: A medium to fast tempo 32-bar standard song form, a ballad, and a vocal scat improvisation on a standard 32-bar (minimum) song form.
INSTRUMENTAL: A medium to fast tempo 32-bar standard song form, a 12-bar blues and a ballad.
All selections must be memorized. Performance time limit: 15 minutes.
FRESHMAN/SOPHOMORE SMALL JAZZ ENSEMBLE DIVISION
Ensemble personnel must consist entirely of students and may range from 2-9 players, open instrumentation, with no recorded accompaniments. At least two members must improvise solos. Performance time limit: 12 minutes.
VOCAL FEATURE: A medium to fast tempo 32-bar standard song form and a ballad.
INSTRUMENTAL FEATURE: A standard 32-bar song form and a 12-bar blues.
JUNIOR/SENIOR SMALL JAZZ ENSEMBLE DIVISION
Ensemble personnel must consist entirely of students and may range from 2-9 players, open instrumentation, with no recorded accompaniments. At least one member must be at the Junior/Senior age restriction. At least two members must improvise solos. Performance time limit: 20 minutes.
VOCAL FEATURE: A medium to fast tempo 32-bar standard song form, a ballad, and a vocal scat improvisation on a standard 32-bar (minimum) song form.
INSTRUMENTAL FEATURE: A medium to fast tempo 32-bar standard song form, a 12-bar blues and a ballad.

UNDERGRADUATE CHAMBER MUSIC CATEGORY
All contestants in the ensemble will be judged on an equal basis. The ensemble must consist of at least two (2) performers and may have no more than eight (8) performers. Ensembles may be of any combination of undergraduate students in piano, voice, brass, percussion, strings, and woodwind instruments. However, ensembles of three (3) or more pianos are not permitted. The core of the ensemble must remain the same; however, one person may be added to the core as long as the total does not exceed 8 performers. (i.e. a woodwind quintet may add a pianist for the Poulenc Sextet).
The performance will be without conductor. The ensemble may not be assisted by their teacher and/or coach in equipment setup, turning pages, or tuning during competition. Cuts are not permitted. Repeats are left to the discretion of the ensemble.
Arrangements may be used but they may not be simplifications of compositions written for the same instrumentation, for example, a piano reduction from an orchestra score will not be acceptable.
Classification is determined by the member with the highest college level. For example, a trio with two freshmen and one junior will have to compete in the Junior/Senior portion of the division.
FRESHMAN/SOPHOMORE CHAMBER DIVISION
One (1) work, or movements of a larger work composed from any period. Performance time limit: 12 minutes.
JUNIOR/SENIOR CHAMBER DIVISION
At least one member must be at the Junior/Senior age restriction. Two (2) works, or movements of larger works, representing two (2) contrasting time periods: before 1750, 1750- 1825, 1826-1900, after 1901. Performance time limit: 20 minutes.