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Application Requirements

1. Please register at new.mtfest.com.

2.  Pay fee online through new.mtfest.com.  Click on Billing, then click on the $ next to the event.  Pay with Visa or Mastercard.  After payment is made, you may print a copy of the invoice for your records.  You do not need to mail anything to the Chair.  No late applications will be accepted.  All fees are non-refundable. Non-NVMTA members have to pay the $50 fee (per student per event) plus registration fee.

3.  Video submission deadline is 5/15/21.  Details to follow.

Levels and Time Limits

Grades 9-1210 minutes
Grade 6 and under6 minutes
Grades 7-87 minutes
Grades 9-108 minutes
Grades 11-1210 minutes

Repertoire Requirements

Selection(s) or movement(s) displaying contrasting styles or tempi.

Memorization is most acceptable, but not required.

Here is a list of repertoire used in 2014 which you may  download  as a spreadsheet for your reference:  Repertoire for Winds Achievement Awards

NVMTA supports the use of published musical scores.  If a photocopy must be used, the NVMTA Copyright Release Form, signed by a parent or teacher, must be submitted to the chairman by email or postmarked at least one week prior to the event. Please submit this form also for music purchased or downloaded from the internet. Students using photocopies (or anything resembling a photocopy) either for themselves or the judges, without having provided the Copyright Release Form by this deadline, may play for comments but will not be eligible to compete.


Previous first-place winners may not compete again in the same level, but with chairman’s consent, may compete in a higher level. Students must be taught lessons in person in Northern Virginia.

Teacher Guidelines

Student must provide accompanist, if needed.

Please provide one published score with all measures numbered, and which must not bear the student’s or teacher’s name.

Teachers must agree to abide by the Rules for Competitive Events as well as the Teacher Responsibilities.


WoodwindsGrade 6 and underGift Cert.Gift Cert.Gift Cert.
Grades 7-8$100$50$25
Grades 9-10$200$100$50
Grades 11-12$300$150$75
Brass/PercussionGrades 9-12$260$100$50