Event Chair: Joyce Nelson, (785) 317-4704 

Event location: Kirmser Hall, Kansas State University

Date: Saturday, February 13, 2021

Two Competition Options: In-Person or Virtual (Pre-recorded Performance)


Deadline for entries: Delivered or postmarked by Friday, January 15, 2021

Entry fees: 

For students of MAMTA Members: $25.00 per student (non-refundable)

For students of non-MAMTA Members: $35.00 per student (non-refundable)

Please submit one check to cover the total fees for all students from your studio. 

Make checks payable to MAMTA


Entry Form:   2021 Concerto Competition Entry Form 

Please contact Joyce Nelson at dandjnelson5@cox.net or (785) 317-4704 with any questions. Send/deliver entry forms and checks to Joyce Nelson, 925 Allison Ave, Manhattan, KS 66502


In-Person Competition Divisions (Tentative):

Grades K-5   

Grades 6

Grades 7-9

Grades 10-12


Virtual Competition Divisions (Tentative):

Grades K-3

Grades 4-6

Grades 7-9

Grades 10-12



Pieces should be original concertos composed for the piano. The accompaniment must be played on a second piano. The teacher has full discretion regarding the selection of repertoire.

Rules for the Competition:

  • Concerto Competition participation is open to all piano students in grades K-12. There is an additional fee for students whose teachers are not members of MAMTA. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, performances will not be open to the public this year.

  • All concerto music must be memorized.

  • The student must have his/her own accompanist and a copy of the music for the judge; photocopies are not acceptable. Music that is legally downloaded from the Internet is acceptable with documentation. Please number all measures.

  • Performances are subject to the following time limits: Gr K-3 – five minutes; Gr 4-6 – seven minutes; Gr 7-9 – ten minutes; Gr 10-12 – twelve minutes. Cuts are allowed, if necessary, to stay within the time limit. Each student will be assigned a specific time slot based on the length of the piece performed, with three minutes added to allow the judge time for writing comments.

  • The decisions of the judge are final. The judge may award winner, second place, and honorable mention(s) in each category. The judge has the option to award a tie or not to award a winner if he/she deems it.

  • Every participant will receive a written critique and a certificate.

  • Winners will be announced via email to the teachers. The winners’ concert will be a virtual event. Details TBD. 


Additional Rules for Virtual Competition:


1) Create the video in a horizontal aspect (do not hold the phone vertically while recording).  Save the video in MP4 format if possible. The recording must be in “one take.” No cutting or editing of the video is allowed. If a student is performing more than one movement and the movements are short, you may make one video; if they are longer, please make one video per movement and upload each video separately.  


2) It is very important to compress your video.  If the videos are huge files, they take a VERY long time to upload and if your internet connection isn't stable, it could stop and we will not get the video, so you would need to start over. Reduce (compress) the size (resolution) of the video. 480P is more than enough to upload.  A free program called HANDBRAKE will do the job for you.

All recordings must be submitted to Nancy Blockcolsky by Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, 6:00 pm. Nancy will send further instructions by February 1 with details about where to upload the videos.


Concerto scores must be delivered to Joyce Nelson in person by Friday, February 12, or to Kirmser Hall, Kansas State University by 9:00 am, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021.