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Application Requirements

1. Please register at mtfest.com

2. Pay fee online through 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.


Levels and Time Limits

PrimaryGrades 6 and Under6 minutes
ElementaryGrades 7-87 minutes
IntermediateGrades 9-108 minutes
SeniorGrades 11-1210 minutes

Time limits may be reduced if enrollment exceeds the time frame allowed for the competition.

Repertoire Requirements

Grades 6 & under:  In the competitive and noncompetitive sections, the slow movement of any concerto

Grades 7-8:  In the competitive and noncompetitive sections, the slow movement of any concerto

Grades 9-10:  In the competitive and noncompetitive sections, any movement of any concerto

Grades 11-12:  In the competitive section, a fast movement from any concerto

Memorization of the selection is preferred but not required.

Here is a list of repertoire used in 2014 which you may download  as a spreadsheet for your reference:  Repertoire for Concerto Competition for Woodwinds

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.


Flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, or recorder students may enter.  No previous first place winners may compete again in the same division, but with the chairman’s consent, they may compete at a higher level.  In order to enter NTMVA student events, either the teacher or student must live in Northern Virginia, or, the lessons must be taught in Northern Virginia.


In the noncompetitive section, students will receive comments and a rating, but no ranking, from at least two judges. In the competitive section, all performers will receive a certificate of participation.

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Director Scott Wood will choose from among the prize winners of NVMTA Concerto Competitions (piano, string, woodwind/brass) for a performance with the Amadeus Orchestra on Sunday, April 26, 2020, 4 p.m. Saint Luke Catholic Church, McLean.

Teacher Guidelines

Students must provide their own accompanist.

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.