EMTA Festival and 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 festival, meeting, and event information for EMTA.



June – August 2022 EMTA Summer Break



EMTA General Meetings 2022

EMTA general meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 10:00AM with the exception of March , July, and August. Meetings are currently being held in person at the Edgewood Baptist Church in Edmonds. Meetings will also be streamed on Zoom. Specific Information about EMTA general meetings is available on the members only general meeting page.


Jazz, Rags, and Blues Festival and Workshop 2022

26 September 2022: Jazz, Rags, and Blues Festival Registration Due Date
14 October 2022: Jazz, Rags, and Blues Concert with Festival adjudicator, Elliot Gray
15 October 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. The festival also features a workshop to teach improvisation and jazz techniques. Kirk Marcy will be this year’s workshop coordinator.
This year’s festival also features an evening concert on October 14th with our festival adjudicator, Elliot Gray. Students will be able purchase $5.00 student and $10.00 Parent tickets in advance for the Elliot Gray concert.
Jazz, Rags, and Blues, Festival and Workshop Information Page – will be available soon
Jazz, Rags, and Blues Festival and Workshop Registration – will be available soon
Jazz, Rags, and Blues Concert Tickets for students and parents – will be available soon


Time Era Festival 2022

13 September – 16 October 2022: Time Era Festival Registration
30 October 2022: YouTube Recordings for Video Submissions Du
6 November 2022: In person performance date
The Time Era Festival was created to help students appreciate the differences between the Baroque (1600-1750), Classical, (1750-1820), The Romantic (1820-1900) and the Modern (1901 to Present). The time period for for 2022 is Modern which includes any composer regarded as Impressionistic or 20th Century. Two formats are allowed, In person performance or YouTube video submissions:
* YouTube performance video format is for students and parents who enjoy the comfort of recording at their home or studio. Feedback will be provided based on the video performance.
* In person format is for teachers, students, and parents who enjoy performing and receiving live feedback. The in person festival date is Sunday, November 6, 2022 between 1:00PM and 8:00PM at the Harley Mansion in Everett, WA
* 1 or 2 pieces are allowed
* Total performance time cannot exceed 10 minutes
* Registration fees are $30.00 for up to 5 minutes of playing time and $40.00 for 6-10 minutes of playing time.
2022 Time Era Festival Information Page – will be available soon
2022 Time Era Festival Online Application – will be available soon
2022 Time Era Festival Video Submission Application – will be available soon


MTNA and WSMTA Competitions 2022

14 September 2022: 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.
MTNA Composition Competition Information Page

14 September 2022: 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.
MTNA Performance Competition Information Page

14 September 2022: 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.
WSMTA Outstanding Artist Competition Information Page


EMTA Community Recital 2022

October 2022: Community Recital
February 2023: Community Recital

The October Community Recital is a chance for students of EMTA teachers to perform in a non-competitive environment. The October Community Recital has a Halloween theme.
EMTA Community Recital Information Page is not yet available.


EMTA Adult Piano Social 2022

November 2022: Adult Piano Social
April 2023: Adult Piano Social
This is an evening where adult students can socialize and/or perform in a casual social setting.
EMTA Adult Piano Social Information Page is not yet available.


Young Composer Project 2023

February 2023: Young Composer Project Registration Deadline
The Young Composers Project gives students of WSMTA members the opportunity to submit their compositions for judging and comments by qualified adjudicators. This year, for the first time, Washington State teachers will also have the opportunity to submit their own compositions for comments from the adjudicators.
WSMTA Young Composer Project Information


Music Artistry Program 2023

January 2023: Music Artistry Program Registration Deadline
3-4 March 2023: Music Artistry Program for Piano
The Music Artistry Program of WSMTA is a self-supporting annual event developed for students to encourage interest in music and to maintain standards of fine musicianship.
WSMTA Music Artistry Program Information Page
EMTA Member Only Music Artistry Program Information Page is not yet available.


EMTA State Recital Competition 2023

February 2023: State Recital Competition Registration Deadline
March 2023: State Recital Competition Performance
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 Member Only State Recital Competition Information Page is not yet available.



MTNA National Conference 2023

25-29 March 2023: MTNA National Conference in Reno, Nevada
The MTNA National Conference, held annually, brings together the most representative cross-section of the MTNA membership. National competitions feature the outstanding performances of students in all instrument areas, as well as composition. Conferences include master classes, technology and informational sessions, pedagogy sessions, exhibit hall, evening concerts and much more. Members have an opportunity to participate by submitting proposals and papers for presentation.
MTNA Conference Information Page


EMTA Honors Recital 2023

March 2023: EMTA Honors Recital
The EMTA Honors Recital is a special recital for outstanding performers as identified in the Music Artistry Program.
The EMTA Honors Recital Information page is not yet available.


EMTA Musicianship Festival and Music Literacy Exams 2023

March or April 2023: Musicianship Festival Registration Due
5 May 2023: Musicianship Festival Setup
6 May 2023: Musicianship Festival

The EMTA Musicianship Festival is a fun “field day” of musical 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 with your teacher for this fun event.
The EMTA Musicianship Information page is not yet available.


Joan E. Brown Scholarship 2023

April 2023: Joan E. Brown Scholarship Application Deadline
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.
EMTA Joan E. Brown Scholarship Information Page has not been updated yet with 2023 information.


District Honors Recital 2023

May 2023: District Honors Recital
Students who have won District Recital honors in their local chapters can participate in the District Honors Recital.


Lois Whitner Study Grant 2023

May 2023: Deadline for WSMTA Lois Whitner Study Grant application
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.
WSMTA Scholarship Information page


EMTA Student Awards Gala 2023

9 June 2023: 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
* Edmonds Chapter Representatives to the State Conference


WSMTA State Conference 2023

June 2023: WSMTA State Conference
EMTA Representatives chosen at the State Recital Competition will perform at the WSMTA State Conference.