High School Vocal Opportunities

(Grades 9-12)

Some of the following events require DMTA Student Affiliate Membership, which is $20.

MTNA Vocal Performance Competition
This is a national competition.  Students must first win their state, then advance to their Division (5 states).  If they win their Division, they advance to Nationals. 
Eligibility for Senior Category:  Age 15-18 as of January 1, 2022
Entry Fee:  $110
Accompaniment Fee: $100
Deadline for Entry: Wednesday, September 4, 2022
No monetary awards unless student places in Nationals.
Winner              $2,000
2ndPlace            $1,000
3rdPlace            $   300
Merit Awards     $   100
2 non-English art songs in original languages
1 English art song (original language)
1 Art song of student/teacher’s choice
Maximum Performance Time:  20 minutes
State Round:
November 9-10, 2022
Sam Houston State University
South Central Division Round:
December 4, 2022
Video only submissions
National Round:
March 21-25, 2023
Chicago, Illinois
Winner will be required to perform at the MTNA National Convention in Chicago.

Dallas Symphonic Festival
Deadline for emailing me:  November 28, 2022

Saturday, January 21, 2023
Lovers Lane Methodist Church
9200 Inwood Road
Dallas, TX  75220

DSF is a ranked competition.  It is divided into 3 categories:  
Intermediate:      Grades 7-8
Junior:                Grades 9-10
Senior:               Grades 11-12 

1st, 2nd and 3rd places receive a trophy.
4th, 5th, 6th places and HM receive a ribbon.
Senior Division Winner also receives $750 after performing at the Gala.

Winners Gala:     Saturday, January 28, 2023
                            Marshall Family Performing Arts Center
                            The Greenhill School
                            4141 Spring Valley Road
                            Dallas, TX. 75001  

Intermediate Entry Fee:         $30/Member of DMTA               $50/NonMembers
Junior Entry Fee:                   $40/Member of DMTA.              $60/NonMembers
Senior Entry Fee:                  $60/Member of DMTA.              $80/NonMembers
Accompaniment fee for each category is $50 

Intermediate Entries sing 1 Class 3 piece from UIL PML  
Junior Entries sing 2 pieces from UIL PML, any Class
Senior Entries sing 3 pieces from UIL PML (maximum 10 minutes)                    


You must register for this through your school’s choral director. 

Dates vary from school to school. Usually Jan/Feb.

Fees vary, but generally $12-$15 plus $25-$40 accompaniment fee.

Sing one solo from the Texas PML for adjudication.


DMTA Vocal Performance Contest
Deadline for emailing me:  February 28, 2023

Sunday, March 5, 2023

9436 Brentgate Drive
Dallas, TX  75238

Dallas Music Teachers Association sponsors a contest to represent Dallas at the Texas Music Teachers State Convention.  The students at the Convention sing against winners of other cities across the state for the state title in their age division. 

There are two divisions:  Grades 9-10 and Grades 11-12. 

Students perform 3-4 pieces (10 minute time limit) of contrasting styles, periods and languages.  Each student must pass the prescribed Theory Test to be eligible to compete. 

Theory Test date:  Sunday, February 12, 2023
Entry Fee:  $16, Student Affiliate Fee:  $20
Deadline to email me:  January 4, 2023

Entry Fee:  $50

Accompanist Fee in Dallas:   $50

Accompanist at Convention:  $150 (for out of town)

             TMTA State Convention, Waco Convention Center

            As Convention gets closer, TMTA will provide hotels who will offer discounts to families attending.

NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Auditions
Deadline for emailing me:  Not scheduled yet, so this information will be updated as it becomes available

High School Division:  Usually the 3rd Saturday in March

Location will be somewhere in the DFW area, but that informatin has not yet been released.

Students will perform 3 pieces from memory for adjudication from 3 judges.  Students selected for Semi-Finals will perform one piece again.  Students selected for Finals will perform one piece again and winners are selected from each age/gender division.  This event lasts all day.

Entry Fee:  $20
Accompaniment Fee:  $50