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Note: These competitions are completely separate from the MTNA Competitions that occur in the fall.

General Information and Requirements for all Divisions of 2007 GMTA Auditions

Dates | Location | Eligibility | Application Information | Accompanist | GMTA Auditions Events Note | Awards/Recognition | Local Association Auditions | Audition Time Allotments | Repertory Requirements

Dates:

INSTRUMENTAL, INSTRUMENTAL CONCERTO, VOICE AND COLLEGE PIANO
   Event Date: April 14, 2007
   Deadline for application: postmarked by March 19, 2007

PRE-COLLEGE PIANO, PIANO CONCERTO AND THEORY ONLY
   Event Date: May 11-12, 2007 (Piano Concerto and Theory will be on May 12)
   Deadline for application: postmarked by April 9, 2007

Location:

University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

Eligibility:

Participating students must be currently studying voice or the instrument in which they are auditioning with a teacher who is a professional member of GMTA in good standing. Student members paying student membership dues are not permitted to enter students in the Auditions. Student teachers paying professional GMTA membership dues may enter students. Membership dues must be effective on the date of the LOCAL audition for piano entrants. Membership dues must be effective on March 6 for all other entrants.

Students entering the Theory Achievement Tests Division must be studying voice, an instrument, or theory with a GMTA member in good standing.

Application Information:

Application forms are included annually in the GMTA Auditions Handbook/Directory. Photocopy forms as needed. Complete form, include Audition Fee and mail to the appropriate Auditions Chair by the deadline date.

Application Fees
Student: $21.00 for each GMTA Auditions performance event entered
$10.00 for Theory Achievement Test
Teacher: $16.00 (One-time fee regardless of number of students entered in the GMTA Auditions.)

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Accompanist (where applicable):

The entrant must provide an accompanist if the music calls for it. There is no restriction in the choice of an accompanist.

Scores:

For all auditions, entrants must provide the judge with one copy of the music with measures numbered. PHOTOCOPIES AND HANDWRITTEN COPIES ARE PROHIBITED FOR EITHER JUDGE’S, STUDENT'S, OR ACCOMPANIST’S USE. Accompanists and instrumentalists may use reproductions of single pages to facilitate page turns, but the appropriate published score must also be present on the music stand/rack.

GMTA Audition Events Note:

Each line (grade/level under each instrument or voice) is a separate event. For example, 4th grade piano-students will compete only with other 4th-grade students, while 4th-grade woodwind students will compete with 4th and 5th-grade students. All references to grades means school grades.

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AWARDS/RECOGNITION:

Pre-elementary - College: (Exceptions: Piano Concerto and Theory Achievement Tests)

Approximately 50% of the entrants in each grade/level audition will be recognized with “Outstanding Performer”, “Award of Excellence”, or “Honorable Mention” Awards.

However, if there are less than six contestants in a category, then the number and level of awards will be at the discretion of the judge. Award winners will be recognized in an issue of the GMTA Newsletter.

Certificate awards will be given for each grade/level in all Divisions/Instruments and Voice as follows:
  1. "OUTSTANDING PERFORMER": Students receiving this highest award will receive “Outstanding Performer” on their certificates. One of these students from each grade/level in each Division will be selected by the judge as a “Conference Recitalist” and will perform at the fall GMTA Conference except in 12th-grade auditions. (Cash awards will be given to these 12th-graders when possible.)

    "Conference Recitalists" may perform a piece different from the auditions repertory, but the following maximum times must be observed:
    Grades K-7 3 minutes
    Grades 8-11 5 minutes
    College 7 minutes
    Senior Cash Awards: (if available) One student from each of the 12th-grade auditions categories (piano, voice, brass, woodwinds, strings, guitar) may be selected by the judge to receive a cash award.

  2. "AWARD OF EXCELLENCE": Students receiving this second highest award will receive “Award of Excellence” on their certificates.

  3. "HONORABLE MENTION": Students receiving this third highest award will receive “Honorable Mention” on their certificates.

  4. All other entrants will receive "Participant" certificates.
Piano Concerto:
Each participant will receive a certificate. A Winner and Alternate or Honorable Mention may be named. The winner will be presented in performance (with orchestra when possible) at the GMTA Conference. Those choosing concertos by composers whose death year is later than 1935 are less likely to be provided with orchestral accompaniment at the annual state conference. When orchestral accompaniment is not possible, the concerto accompanist will be given an honorarium in the amount of $75.00. Previous winners may not compete in the competition again.
Instrumental Concerto:
Each participant will receive a certificate. A Winner and Alternate or Honorable Mention may be named. The winner will be presented in performance (with orchestra when possible) at the GMTA Conference. Those choosing concertos by composers whose death year is later than 1935 are less likely to be provided with orchestral accompaniment at the annual state conference. When orchestral accompaniment is not possible, the concerto accompanist will be given an honorarium in the amount of $75.00. Previous winners may not compete in the competition again.
Theory Achievement Tests:
Certificates will be presented to students as follows:
“Outstanding Theorist” Students scoring 90 - 100
“Excellence in Theory” Students scoring 80 - 89
“Achievement in Theory” Students scoring 70-79

All other entrants will receive “Participant” certificates. Students scoring 100% will be designated "Outstanding Theorist with Honors" in the GMTA Newsletter and their certificates will be so marked.

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Local Association Auditions:

Required for Piano Division, Grades 4-12 only. There are no preliminary auditions for the other Divisions/Grade Levels. Contact your Local Association Auditions Chair for details.

Piano students competing in Local Association Auditions are not permitted to enter the competitions in more than one Local Association. Teachers should sign each application acknowledging this rule. Local Auditions Chairs are required to send a list of participating students and their teachers prior to local audition dates to the Piano Coordinator. Students listed in more than one Local Audition Event will be disqualified. Contestants who advance to the GMTA Spring Auditions must perform the same repertory for both the local and in-state auditions. Any change in repertoire from that performed at the local level will result in disqualification. NO ALTERNATES WILL BE CHOSEN IN THESE AUDITIONS. Students who perform different repertoire (title, opus number, composer) from that which is on the application will be disqualified.

The number of entrants in each grade level participating at the local level and the maximum number of entrants in each grade level who may advance to the GMTA Auditions:

Number of entrants in each grade level participating at the local level:   Maximum number of entrants in each grade level who may advance to GMTA Auditions:
1-10   5
11-20   7
21 or more   8

FORMS OF LOCAL AUDITIONS' WINNERS ARE TO BE MAILED TO THE APPROPRIATE STATE CHAIR (Click Here) AND POSTMARKED BY APRIL 9, 2007.

Audition Time Allotments:

There will be no minimum or maximum time limits for repertory. Students will be allotted the following maximum times for the audition. For example, a 7th-Grade student may program two pieces totalling 15 minutes in length, with the understanding that the judge will hear a maximum of 10 minutes of the program. Judges may stop a student on either or both pieces before the maximum time has expired in order to write comments, etc.

Grades K-3 6 minutes   Grades 9-12 12 minutes
Grades 4-5 8 minutes   College/Adult 15 minutes
Grades 6-8 10 minutes   Concerto 15 minutes

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Repertory Requirements:

NOTE: A single movement from a sonata or suite may count as a piece. Also, several short movements, including selections from theme and variations, may be grouped to count as a single piece, when appropriate. Any other sectional pieces, such as fantasies, must be performed in their entirety. Contemporary pedagogical repertory is considered "contemporary" regardless of style. When selecting a composer whose dates span two consecutive periods, it would be best to classify that composer by compositional style. Contact the Vice-President, GMTA Auditions, regarding repertoire concerns prior to submitting the application to the local association or appropriate chair.

PIANO:   Memorization of all repertory is required.

Grades 4-12: Two pieces required. One piece from Baroque or Classical (through Beethoven); PLUS one piece from Romantic, Impressionistic, or Contemporary. Only original solo piano compositions will be accepted.

College/Adult: Three pieces required; one piece each from any three of the following five periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, Contemporary.
VOICE:   Memorization of all repertory is required.
Grades 9-12:: At least three songs chosen from three or more categories listed below EXCLUDING Category F.

College/Adult: At least four songs chosen from four or more categories listed below.

NOTE: Lower division entrants may NOT include Category F. Broadway selections are not acceptable.
  1. English Art Songs written before 1800 sung in English
  2. German Lieder sung in German
  3. French Art Songs sung in French
  4. Italian Art Songs from the 17th or 18th centuries sung in Italian
  5. 20th-century English Art Songs by United States, Canadian, or British composers written for voice and piano
  6. Arias from operas or oratorios
STRINGS, GUITAR:   Memorization is optional.
Grades K-12: Two pieces representing different periods.

College/Adult: Three pieces required. One piece each from any three of the following five periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, Contemporary.
WOODWINDS, BRASSES:   Memorization is optional.
Grades 4-12: Two pieces representing different periods.

College/Adult: Three pieces required. One piece each from any three of the following five periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, Contemporary.
PIANO CONCERTO:   Memorization is required.
Grades 4-12: One movement, ONLY, of any concerto written by any composer. Because of copyright, performance rights, availability of score and orchestral parts, etc., those choosing concertos by composers whose death year is later than 1935 are less likely to be provided with orchestral accompaniment at the annual state conference.
INSTRUMENTAL CONCERTO:   Memorization is required.
Grades 6-12: One movement, ONLY, of any concerto written by any composer. Because of copyright, performance rights, availability of score and orchestral parts, etc., those choosing concertos by composers whose death year is later than 1935 are less likely to be provided with orchestral accompaniment at the annual state conference.

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