Audition DateWednesday, February 10, 2021 (Youtube submission deadline)
Audition and GMTA Registration DeadlineJanuary 18, 2021
GMTA Theory Test Date Saturday, February 13, 2021
GMTA Audition Theory Examination (GATE)GATE will be suspended for the 2020-2021 year due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Registration methodAll registrations and payments should be made online from the GMTA website No fees are paid directly to NDMTA.
Auditions Entry Fee$20 Student Local Entry Fee
$15 GMTA (Theory Test (optional)) Fee
$30 Student Regional/State Fee (only if students advance to regional round)
$20 Teacher Fee (only if students advance to regional round)
Audition ChairpersonJanet Yao (
Theory ChairpersonGayle Vann 678-333-4510
AssistantFeng Liu
EligibilityMember entering students in this event must be a member of GMTA

Local Association Auditions

Students of MTNA members play TWO compositions. Please note MAXIMUM time limits for repertoire.Students will be allotted the following MAXIMUM TOTAL TIME for the auditions.

Grades 2 – 3:           6 minutes     (Local Auditions ONLY – will not go to State Auditions)
Grades 4 – 5:           8 minutes
Grades 6 – 9:         10 minutes
Grades 10 – 12:     12 minutes

Piano Repertoire Requirements

Grades 2 – 12:  Two pieces required, one from each of the following categories.

1.   Choose one piece from BAROQUE or CLASSICAL.  (ALL BEETHOVEN INCLUDED).

NOTE:  a single movement from a sonata or suite may count as a piece, or several short movements may be grouped to count as a single piece when appropriate. Memorization of all repertory is required.

Georgia Auditions Theory Exam (GATE) Requirements

The GMTA Audition Theory Examination (GATE) will be suspended for the 2020-2021 year due to COVID-19 restrictions.

NDMTA Local Auditions Sophomore / Junior Scholarships

  • Students who are entering the Local Auditions by a teacher belonging to NDMTA and who are also in their Sophomore / Junior year of high school may enter the Scholarship contest.
  • There are two scholarships offered: First Place $300.00;   Second Place $200.00


  • Teachers will be REQUIRED to be on site or to have a teacher representative in their place on site to work on Audition Day for at least ½ of the day of the auditions.   If the teacher does not work that day, his/her students will NOT be heard.
  • Teachers should complete comment sheets providing title of composition, full name of composer, grade, and period only.
  • A student number will be provided by the person(s) in charge of scheduling.
  • It is the teachers’ responsibility to communicate the audition time to their students, and advise their students to register at the Registration Desk 15 minutes before their audition time.


  • Local Auditions must be held before March 1 each calendar year, or before the deadline to enter Regional Auditions, as set by GMTA.
  • Teachers are responsible for informing their students that NO warm-up pianos may be available.
  • Advise the student that they may warm up with a scale or exercise at the judge’s discretion, but should not warm up with their selected pieces.
  • Teachers are urged to advise each student that the auditions are constructive learning experiences, which OCCASIONALLY produce a winner.
  • Please emphasize the positive aspects and fully inform your student as to all requirements.

Audition Music

  • Student is responsible to bring ORIGINAL music for judge’s use.  NO PHOTOCOPIED MUSIC will be permitted.
  • Without music or without original music, student will be heard with “COMMENTS ONLY.”  The judge will be notified of the situation prior to the student’s audition time.
  • Measures should be numbered.


  • All registrations and payments should be made online from the GMTA website No fees are paid directly to NDMTA.
  • Teachers of Local Audition winners should pay regional fee and teacher’s fee online after the result
    is posted.


  • The schedule will be emailed to participating teachers. Teachers should verify their email address in the Yearbook to ensure it is correct and current.  Those who prefer a hard copy of the schedule by mail must request it at the time of application.
  • On the audition day, the schedule will be maintained by the judge’s monitor and is not available to uninvolved students, teachers or parents.
  • Specified time limits will be STRICTLY adhered to.
  • Timing will begin when the student begins to play.
  • The monitor will advise the judge when time has expired, and allow the student one minute to exit.
  • Judges will then be given additional time to write comments.
  • This additional time will be included in the schedule.

Teachers, please consult the current GMTA Auditions information for more complete auditions information in the GMTA website.


  • Prior to the auditions, judges should be counseled to make comments that are understood by the students and are appropriate to the student’s age level.
  • Judges’ comments must be encouraging and constructive, and may include suggestions for improving the student’s performance.

Judge’s Comment Sheet

  • OUTSTANDING PERFORMER, AWARD OF EXCELLENCE, HONORABLE MENTION, OR PARTICIPANT will be the only other specification shown on the comment sheet.
  • Certificates will be provided to all students.
  • A gold seal will be affixed to the certificate of the Outstanding Performer by the monitor once the judge has announced the decision.


  • Monitors DO NOT announce the winners.
  • Judges ONLY perform this task
  • One monitor per judge will be responsible for organizing the comment sheets and filling out certificates.
  • The monitor is asked to restrict activity around the monitor’s table in order to better expedite duties.

Outstanding Performers

  • Students who are selected as Outstanding Performers will advance to regional round.
  • Teachers of OP winners will pay regional fee and teacher’s fee online.

Any and all concerns of the judge regarding a student’s performance or repertoire should be presented to the Chairperson.  No student may be disqualified by the chairperson or the judge or any teacher or monitor present at the Local Auditions.  Questions regarding eligibility will be taken up with and addressed by the GMTA Board.