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


May 2022

1 May 2022: Musicianship Virtual Performances and Composition Due Date
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.).
Musicianship Festival Parent Information

7 May 2022: Hybrid 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.). The in-person Musicianship Festival will consist of the Music Literacy Exams, ensemble performances, and projects.
Venue: Edgewood Baptist Church, 20406 76th Ave W, Edmonds, WA 98026

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.
Application deadline: April 26, 2022
Competition Date: May 21, 2022

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.


June 2022

12 June 2022: 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. Videos for the award gala are due on June 1, 2022.
* Time Era Festival
* Jazz, Rags, and Blues Festival
* WA State Young Composers Project
* Joan E. Brown Scholarship
* Edmonds Chapter Representatives to the State Conference
Student Awards Gala Information Page

June 2022 WSMTA State Conference
EMTA Representatives chosen at the State Recital Competition will perform at the WSMTA State Conference.



June – August 2022 EMTA Summer Break



September 2022

Jazz, Rags, and Blues Festival and Workshop Registration
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.

Time Era Festival Registration
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).

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 2022

Jazz, Rags, and Blues Festival
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.

EMTA Time Era Festival Registration
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).

Community Recital


November 2022

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


December 2022

Young Composer Project Registration
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.

Northwest Chopin Piano Competition Registration
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.


January 2023

Young Composer Project Registration
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.

Northwest Chopin Piano Competition Registration
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.

Music Artistry Program Registration
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.


February 2023

Young Composer Project Registration
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.

Northwest Chopin Piano Competition Registration
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.

State Recital Competition Registration Deadline
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.

Virtual Community Recital

Music Artistry Program (MAP) for Voice


March 2023

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.

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.

Musicianship Festival Registration Due
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. 


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. 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.