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This will be an online event for 2021

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

The competition has two divisions:  Upper Strings (Violin) and Lower Strings (Viola, Violoncello, String Bass, Guitar and Harp).  Each division has the following levels and playing time restrictions:

Elementarythrough 6th grade8 minutes
IntermediateGrades 7-910 minutes
SeniorGrades 10-1212 minutes

Students and teachers may determine their own cuts.

Repertoire Requirements

One movement from a concerto or other major work for solo instrument with orchestral accompaniment.  Performance from memory is 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 Strings 2014

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.


Open to students of violin, viola, violoncello, string bass, guitar or harp.  Previous first place winners may not compete again in the same grade category, but are eligible (with the chairman’s approval) for the next 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



Each performer will receive a certificate for participation.

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. at Saint Luke Catholic Church, McLean.

Teacher Guidelines

Students will provide their own accompanists.

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

All parent or student questions about an event should be handled by the teacher.  Teachers should never give parents or students the phone numbers or e-mail addresses of chairmen.  Chairmen have no obligation to respond to parent or student inquiries.  Teachers must agree to abide by the Rules for Competitive Events as well as the  Teacher Responsibilities.

The final decision on scheduling and related aspects of each event rests with the chairman.