Student Event Information

The Edmonds Music Teachers Association organizes a number of different local musical events both on our own and in conjunction with the State (WSMTA) and National (MTNA) Music Teachers Associations. Available below is public information and student forms for EMTA events. More event and forms information for EMTA members is available here.

High School Credit Program
In many areas of the state, the Applied Music for High School Credit program is well established. It is the goal of WSMTA to work with WMEA members “in the common cause of promoting the highest standards of music education in the public schools and in private studios”. Ask your local teacher if this program is available in your area. More information is available here.


Calendar of Events and Information for Students

June 2021

6 June 2021 – Student Awards Gala
The Student Award Gala is a celebration where outstanding students chosen from the following events perform at an end of the year recital.
* Time Era Festival
* Jazz, Rags, and Blues Festival
* WA State Young Composers Project
* Joan E. Brown Scholarship
* Concerto and Ensemble Festival
* Edmonds Chapter Representatives to the State Conference

17-19 June 2021 Virtual WSMTA State Conference
EMTA Representatives chosen at the State Recital Competition will perform at the WSMTA State Conference.

26 June 2021 – EMTA Used Book Sale
Open to the public from 1:00 – 4:00PM. Contact your teacher for location.



June – August 2021 EMTA Summer Break



September 2021

MTNA Composition Competition Application Deadline
The intent of the composition competition is to encourage creativity and self-expression in student musicians at all levels through the art of composing. WSMTA winners advance to the Northwest Division and possibly to the National Competitions.
For more information about these competitions, please click here.

MTNA Performance Competition Application Deadline
The three-tiered Junior, Senior and Young Artist Performance Competitions begin with live state competitions. The winners/representatives of each state’s competitions advance to a video-only division competition. Division winners compete in the national finals at the annual MTNA National Conference. The state competitions are considered the primary educational level with the division and national levels showcasing outstanding performance and honoring significant pedagogical achievement. Competitions include Brass (Senior and Young Artist only), Piano, Piano Duet (Senior only) String, Voice (Senior and Young Artist only) and Woodwind. For more information about this competition, please click here.

WSMTA Outstanding Artist Competition Application Deadline
The competition was established in 2005 to provide an additional performance opportunity for talented pianists from Washington state. It runs concurrently with the MTNA Competition, but is not part of the MTNA Competition. The Outstanding Artist Competition (OAC) may serve as a positive initial step for students desiring to compete in the MTNA Performance Competition in future years. For more information about this competition, please click here.


October 2021

Time Era Festival
The purpose of this festival is to encourage the exploration of piano music by Baroque/Romantic/Impressionistic/Contemporary Era composers. 

Community Recital
This recital has a Halloween Theme – performers can perform dressed in costume. Please contact your teacher for more information.


November 2021

Adult Piano Social
This is an evening where adult students can socialize and/or perform in a casual social setting.


December 2021

Northwest Chopin Piano Competition Applications Due
The Northwest Council of the Chopin Foundation of the United States encourages talented young American pianists to study and perform classical music, especially highlighting the music of Chopin. The NW Chopin Foundation holds a yearly competition featuring the finest youth talent in Washington state. Please find more information about this competition here.

Northwest Chopin Piano Competition
The Northwest Council of the Chopin Foundation of the United States encourages talented young American pianists to study and perform classical music, especially highlighting the music of Chopin. The NW Chopin Foundation holds a yearly competition featuring the finest youth talent in Washington state. Please find more information about this competition here.

Northwest Chopin Piano Festival Gold Medalists’ Concert
This concert is free to the public. Please find more information about this competition here.


January 2022

Northwest Chopin Piano Competition Applications Due:
The Northwest Council of the Chopin Foundation of the United States encourages talented young American pianists to study and perform classical music, especially highlighting the music of Chopin. The NW Chopin Foundation holds a yearly competition featuring the finest youth talent in Washington state. Please find more information about this competition here.

MTNA NW Division Competition 

Music Artistry Application Deadline


February 2022

Jazz, Rags, and Blues Festival and Workshop
The purpose of this festival is to encourage the exploration of Jazz, Rags, and Blues. The festival will take place in a masterclass setting in which each performer will perform and receive feedback by the adjudicator. Each student will receive a brief written evaluation and achievement certificate. Please click here for more information.

Registration deadline for State Recital Competition
WSMTA has created an Online Video Submission Form for this competition. The students will submit their videos directly to WSMTA before midnight on March 13th and our EMTA organizer will receive a spreadsheet for the judges on March 15th. WSMTA is asking each chapter to do regular registration before students submit their videos. Winners of this competition will represent EMTA at the Washington State Music Teachers Association Conference on June 17-19, 2021. Alternates will be identified and participate in District I Honors Recital on April 25, 2021.

Community Recital

Young Composers Project Entry Deadline
The Young Composers Project gives students of WSMTA members the opportunity to submit their compositions for judging and comments by qualified adjudicators. Adjudicators select a first, second and third place composition for each grade level giving written comments. Certificates are awarded to all participants, and a small monetary prize is awarded to each first place winner (see yearly Rules and Guidelines form for details.) First place winners are invited to perform their compositions at the WSMTA Conference each summer. More information is available here.

Music Artistry Program (MAP) for Voice
A parent information sheet is available here.


March 2022

Music Artistry Program (MAP) for Piano
The Music Artistry Program of the Washington State Music Teachers Association is a self supporting enterprise developed to encourage interest in music and to maintain standards of fine workmanship among student musicians. Each student and ensemble will be given a certificate from WSMTA as well as a written evaluation and oral comments from the visiting artist. A parent information sheet is available here.

State Recital Competition
The State Recital Competition is a competition to choose EMTA Chapter Representatives for the Washington State Conference Honors Recital and Alternates for the District Honors Recital. The winners are also invited to perform at Edmonds Chapter’s Students Award Gala in June. Winners of this competition will represent EMTA at the Washington State Music Teachers Association Conference. Alternates will be identified and participate in District I Honors Recital.

EMTA Honors Recital
The EMTA Honors Recital is a special recital for outstanding performers as identified in the Music Artistry Program. The recital will be virtual this year and is currently available for viewing here. Please contact your teacher for the password.


April 2022

District 1 Non-Keyboard Competition
Non-Keyboard students who have participated in the Music Artistry Program (MAP) events in their local chapter can compete in this competition. Video Performance Recordings can be submitted.

Joan E. Brown Scholarship
The Edmonds Music Teacher Association, at the discretion of the Executive Board, holds a Scholarship Competition for 10th, 11th and 12th grade students of EMTA members in good standing.  The competition’s purposes are to acknowledge exceptional ability and meritorious accomplishment.  The amount of the financial awards for the competition will be determined by the Executive Board, and will be based on the availability of funds at the time. Click here for more information.

District Honors Recital
Students who have won District Recital honors in their local chapters can participate in the District Honors Recital.

Adult Piano Social
This is an evening where adult students can socialize and/or perform in a casual social setting.


May 2022

Joan E. Brown Scholarship
The Edmonds Music Teacher Association, at the discretion of the Executive Board, holds a Scholarship Competition for 10th, 11th and 12th grade students of EMTA members in good standing.  The competition’s purposes are to acknowledge exceptional ability and meritorious accomplishment.  The amount of the financial awards for the competition will be determined by the Executive Board, and will be based on the availability of funds at the time. Click here for more information.

Musicianship Festival and Music Literacy Program
The EMTA Musicianship Festival is a fun “field day” of musical events. Students win a ribbon for each category they enter and can enter up to 12 events. Events include: music performance opportunities, music literacy exams, musical composition submissions, and music projects (including arts and crafts, history, research paper, etc.). Please register directly with your music teacher.

Deadline for WSMTA Lois Whitner Study Grant
This grant is open to music students currently in grades 8-11 who have studied a minimum of 4 years and whose teachers are members (of at least 12 months standing) of WSMTA. The applicant must have participated in the Music Artistry Program. The applicant will be considered on a basis of financial need and musical commitment. More information is available here.