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Music Tells the Story Festival


ONLINE 2022.  Music Tells the Story is our theme recital for students of all ages, abilities, and instruments.  Students entering write a story about their piece in one paragraph. The stories are included on the program for the audience to enjoy and the students benefit from writing a personal and engaging tale about their music. In-Hand […]


Friends and Family Festival


ONLINE 2022.  The Family and Friends Recital is a wonderful opportunity to perform ensemble and chamber music with friends and/or family members.  Many combinations are possible, limited only by the imagination.  Instrumentalists, vocalists, parents performing with their children all combine to make for a very enjoyable event!  In-Hand Deadline for entry is Monday, January 10, […]


Judged Recital

First Presbyterian of Howard County 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia, MD

A noncompetitive event - audience is important!  Students play a minimum of 2 minutes of memorized music.  A carefully selected judge from outside the association listens, writes comments, and assigns a rating which can be applied toward Gold Cup points.  Literature requirements are the same as in other GCMTA events.  A student may use 2 […]


MSMTA Theory Exams – Columbia/Laurel

Maryland State Music Teachers Association Theory exams.  Deadline is Monday, January 31, 2022. Please see the Maryland State Music Teachers Association website for online registration and details. The snow date for this exam is  (no snow date 2022).

$15 – $16

Spring Piano Solo Competition

First Presbyterian of Howard County 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia, MD

Deadline for entry is IN HAND March 29. This competitive piano event is open to school-age students of all levels.  Standard or quality teaching repertoire is expected. Please see attached entry form: Spring Piano Competition Form Guidelines for Competitions


MSMTA High School Award – Columbia

David Holmes Studio 6586 Dovecote Drive, Columbia, MD

A performance scholarship award for high school students.  Preliminary email deadline is February 28.  There is a Senior (11th and 12th grade) competition and a Junior (9th and 10th grade) competition.  Please note, only 3 eras are required, not four.  First prize $100, second prize $75, and third prize $50. High School Performance Award Form […]


MSMTA High School Recognition Exams – Columbia Center- Day 1


Prerecorded Videos for 2022: For 38 years, MSMTA has sponsored the High School Piano Exams in cooperation with the Maryland Department of Education.  The exam is for piano students in grades 9-12 in public, non-public, or home taught schools who are residents of Maryland and are studying piano privately on a regular basis during the school […]