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Competition Date and Time:  April 6, 2024, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Location:  Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), Dunham Hall

50 Hairpin Dr, Edwardsville, IL 62026

Registration period:  March 1-15, 2024

Registration forms:  Each teacher will fill out one Student Registration Form for each of their students, and one Teacher Registration Form.

Registration fee:  $55/entry, payable via PayPal (preferred) or by check payable to SLAMTA, c/o Bethany Nikstad, 3301 Magnolia Ave., St. Louis, MO 63118


No refunds given after March 15, 2024Students will be assigned individual times will be assigned after receipt of all entries. 


Eligibility Requirements:  

  • The Young Artist Competition is for SLAMTA teachers' most outstanding piano and string students in grades 6-12.  There are three divisions:  Division I (Grades 6-7); Division II (Grades 8-9); Division III (Grades 10-12).  

  • All teacher dues must be current by March 15 for their students to participate in the competition.  

  • The teacher OR the student must reside within a 100 mile radius of St. Louis, MO.  

  • Each teacher may enter a maximum of SEVEN students

  • Medal and honorable mention recipients must participate in the Honors Recital following the auditions.  Teachers are also expected to be present.


Repertoire Requirements:

Three pieces from contrasting periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist, or Contemporary).  SLAMTA follows the MTNA Composer Classification List.  Students with multiple pieces in the same category (according to MTNA's list) will be disqualified.

  • For pianists, only solo repertoire should be played (no concertos).  String players may perform solos or concertos with a collaborative pianist.

  • String students are responsible for providing their own collaborative pianist.

  • Music must be memorized, unless it falls under the contemporary classification by MTNA.  

  • Students may expect to be stopped if their repertoire exceeds the allotted time limits below.

  • Entrants and accompanists must abide by the federal copyright law.


Time limits for each division are:

  • Division I: Performance time: 11 minutes; audition time: 13 minutes

  • Division II:  Performance time:  13 minutes; audition time: 15 minutes

  • Division III: Performance time: 15 minutes; audition time: 17 minutes


Honors Recital:  April 6, 2024 at 4:30 pm (pianists) and 6:30 pm (string players) at the Steinway Piano Gallery, Jane Allen Recital Hall, 12033 Dorsett Rd, Maryland Heights, MO 63043. All  medalists and honorable mentions and teachers must participate to receive awards given at the conclusion of the recital.


Gold Medal Recital:  Sunday, October 6, 2024, 1:00 pm at Second Baptist Church of Greater St. Louis, 9030 Clayton Road, Richmond Heights, MO 63117.  Only Gold Medalists from each Division perform at this recital.  



In addition to the medals, monetary awards will be presented to the recipients of the following medalists in each Division:

  • Gold Medal:  $125 (provided by the Marjorie Balafas Memorial Music Student Award Fund)

  • Silver Medal:  $100

  • Bronze Medal:  $75

All medal and honorable mention recipients will receive a Certificate of Recognition.


Judge's decisions are final.  Teachers, parents and students may not contact judges directly, either before or after the competition.  The Judges will select the pieces to be performed on the Honors' recital on April 6, with an alternate selection suggested in case of duplication.  


Questions should be directed to Abbey Hayden, MM, the Young Artist Competition Chair.

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