GENERAL RULES AND REQUIREMENTS FOR DISTRICT AUDITIONS
1. District auditions are open to students in grades 1-12 and to adults.
2. All students must study with a MTNA/WMTA member at the time of the auditions. Teachers may not register students in their name and as their own if they study with a different teacher. Students of non-WMTA members may enter if the teacher has received permission from the district chairperson and pays the non-member fee. See the “How to Enter” page for more details.
3. All participants perform a minimum of two pieces and take a written and aural music theory (musicianship) exam. Specific rules vary depending on the instrument (or voice) and the level entered – most tracks have memorization requirements. See the “Choosing Repertoire for District Auditions” page.
4. The tracks (sometimes referred to as levels) that students may enter are:
District 2 (D2)
District 2 Non-Memorized (D2-NM) (only for piano, organ, or vocal solo)
District 3 (D3) (only for piano, organ, or vocal solo)
All “District” track entries participate at the district level only – meaning they do not advance onto another event. Only students who enter the State Track are eligible to advance on to the Badger competition if they earn the required number of points at the District Auditions.
5. Teachers may not change a student’s repertoire choices or their music theory test level after the application deadline has passed.
6. All students must provide the judge an original score (no photocopies) with the measures numbered to view during the auditions performance. For students in grades 7 and older, one point will be deducted from the student’s total performance points if the judge’s music does not have numbered measures. Providing the judge with a music score that is legally downloaded from the internet is acceptable with permission from the district chairperson if requested in advance of the entry deadline. Teachers must provide documentation showing the music to be used for the judge’s score was purchased or legally downloaded.
7. The use of any recording devices while a student performs during auditions is prohibited.
8. Students and/or their parents may not discuss or challenge the score (points awarded) with the judge.
*Below is a list of rules infringements that result in disqualification on auditions day. “Disqualification” means that the student will still be invited to perform for the judge and receive written comments, but will not receive any performance points toward WMTA awards.
- Use of unauthorized photocopies.
- Use of any recording devices in the performance site.
- Student or parent discusses the performance or points awarded with the judge.
- Student performs pieces that were not originally registered.
- Student does not provide an original score for the judge.
- Student or parent challenges the district chairperson in any situation that requires the district chairperson to make a decision in regard to student eligibility or points awarded.
- If a student is disrespectful or argumentative, the judge reserves the right to ask the student to leave without performing and the student will not receive any points.