Saturday, March 5, 2022
All Day
Hammer & Strings Conservatory


To enter students in the EVMTA Piano Competition, each teacher needs to participate with his/her studio in at least one of the following EVMTA events: Music Showcase (October), Fall Recital (November), Composers Celebration Concert (December), or Piano Ensemble (January/February). Participating students do not have to be the same students who will be enrolled at the competition. Please check the EVMTA yearbook for the information and application deadlines for those events.

COMPETITION DATESaturday, March 5, 2022 (individual times TBA following receipt of all applications)

WINNERS’ RECITAL AND AWARDS CEREMONY: Sunday, March 6, 2022 at 2:30

LOCATION: Hammer & Strings Conservatory
Note: The competition is planned to be in-person unless social distancing concerns arise again, which means it has to be conducted online via YouTube. In such a case, the video and score submission deadline is on February 15, 2022, at 11:59 PM. 

REQUIRED REPERTOIRE: Two pieces, performed from memory, one from each category:
1. Baroque or Classical
2. Romantic or Impressionistic or Contemporary

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, February 15, 2022, at 11:59 PM

Categories A & B $25.00
Categories C & D $30.00
Categories E & F $35.00

Gold medal – one winner only
Silver Medal – up to two winners
Bronze Medal – up to three winners
Honorable Mention – awarded at the discretion of the judges
Winners of each category will receive a medal and cash awards. Up to $1,700.00 will be distributed among the winners, based on the number of awards. Honorable mentions will not receive cash awards.

Required age and time allotment for each Category:

Category A — Ages 7 & under — 6 minutes
Category B — Ages 8 & 9 — 8 minutes
Category C — Ages 10 & 11 — 10 minutes
Category D — Ages 12 & 13 — 12 minutes
Category E — Ages 14 & 15 — 15 minutes
Category F — Ages 16 & 18 — 20 minutes
(Ages are as of 3/5/2022)


  • Entrants may not exceed the prescribed time limit. Performances exceeding the specified time limits may be stopped at the judges’ discretion, and exceeding the time limit may result in disqualification. 
  • Students may choose to compete in a higher category than their appropriate age. 
  • First place winners from the previous competition are ineligible to compete in the same age category again, but they may compete in higher-age categories.


  • Registration MUST be done Online  (Registration is now closed)
  • Registration MUST be completed by teachers only. 
  • Each piece should be labeled with the complete title in the designated area. For example: Sonata in c sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2, III. Presto agitato. 


  • Two memorized pieces are to be presented. One work must be from the Baroque or Classical period, and the other from the Romantic through Contemporary periods. 
  • Multiple movements of a work may be entered as one selection. 
  • Original compositions by composers of renown are preferred. Transcriptions by acclaimed composers (such as Liszt or Rachmaninoff) may be allowed, but they need prior approval by the chair to secure the artistic level of the program. 
  • Pieces from method books are not allowed unless they are written by renowned composers. 
  • Students with PDF scores downloaded from the Internet need to have permission to use this music (please contact the chairperson). No photocopies from published books are allowed. 
  • All scores must be checked by the competition monitor prior to the entrant’s performance. Measures must be numbered at the beginning of each line. 
  • No changes in repertoire are allowed after the application deadline.
  •  All questions concerning appropriateness of the chosen repertoire may be directed to the chairperson at

Entrants will perform for a panel of three judges. It is left to the discretion of the judges to make decisions on the awards. Decisions of the judges are final and may not be challenged. Chairperson(s) of the competition may enter students, but judges of the competition may NOT enter students.

● Each student entered must have studied with the current teacher entering him/her for at least six months prior to the competition.
● Each teacher must abide by all requirements and deadlines. Non-compliance will result in disqualification.
● Participating teachers, students, and their parents should respect the judges and organizers of the competition and allow the competition to run smoothly. If there are any complaints, they can be delivered in a written form.
● Participating teachers are expected to volunteer their time to the competition or furnish a substitute volunteer if they are not available. They will receive a sign-up form for volunteering from the chair prior to the competition.

Teachers must not identify themselves, nor their students, to the judges at any time. Doing so will result in disqualification for that student. Names of the teacher and/or the student must not be found on the music. All such identifying marks must be completely covered. Each student entered must have studied with the current teacher entering him/her for at least six months prior to the competition.

No video or audio recording is allowed at the competition. Winners’ recital may be recorded.

For any questions or more information, please send an email to

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Hammer & Strings Conservatory
610 N Gilbert Rd Ste. 400
Gilbert, AZ 85234

(801) 360-0039