High School Vocal Opportunities

(Grades 9-12)

Some of the following events require DMTA Student Affiliate Membership, which is $14.

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 state, they advance to Nationals. 
Eligibility for Senior Category:  Age 15-18 as of January 1, 2020
Entry Fee:  $110
Accompaniment Fee: $100
Deadline for Entry: Wednesday, September 4, 2019
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, 2019
Sam Houston State University
South Central Division Round:
December 4, 2019
Video only submissions
National Round:
March 21-25, 2020
Chicago, Illinois
Winner will be required to perform at the MTNA National Convention in Chicago.

Dallas Symphonic Festival
Deadline for emailing me:  December 11, 2019

Saturday, January 25, 2020
Peter Collora Piano
1451 Wycliffe
Dallas, TX  75207
Scheduled time between 1-3pm

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 and HM receive a ribbon.
Senior Division Winner also receives $750 after performing at the Gala.

Winners Gala:     Sunday, February 8, 2020
                            Marshall Family Performing Arts Center
                            The Greenhill School
                            4141 Spring Valley Road
                            Dallas, TX. 75001  

Intermediate Entry Fee:         $30
Junior Entry Fee:                   $40
Senior Entry Fee:                  $60
Accompaniment fee for each category is $40 

Intermediate Entries sing 1 Class 3 piece from UIL PML  
Junior Entries sing 2 pieces from UIL PML
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-$35 accompaniment fee.

Sing one solo from the Texas PML for adjudication.


DMTA Vocal Performance Contest
Deadline for emailing me:  February 1, 2020

Sunday, March 8, 2020

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 (time limit) of contrasting styles, periods and languages.  Each student must pass the prescribed Theory Test to be eligible to compete. 

Entry Fee:  $50

Accompanist Fee in Dallas:   $50

Accompanist at Convention:  $150  

             TMTA State Convention

            June  11 -  14, 2020
            Houston Hyatt Regency Hotel
            1200 Louisiana Street
            Houston, TX  77002

NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Auditions
Deadline for emailing me:  March 1, 2019

High School Division:  Saturday, March 21, 2020

First United Methodist Church
801 W. Avenue B
Garland, TX  75040

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 most of the day.

Entry Fee:  $20
Accompaniment Fee:  $50


DMTA Theory Test

Sunday, November 4, 2018
     Deadline to email me:  October 1, 2018
Saturday, February, 24, 2019
     Deadline to email me:  January 20, 2019

Owen Fine Arts Center, SMU
6101 Bishop Blvd.
Dallas, TX  75205

Time depends on level of test.  Look on my website under Theory Test Info for times.

Entry Fee:  $15

Students are tested from their Theory Workbook.  Minimum of 70 required to pass.  Students are required to be Student Affiliate Members of Dallas Music Teachers Association.  SA Fee is $14.


DMTA Achievement Auditions  (Grades 7-12)
Deadline to email me:  March 17, 2019

Saturday, April 27, 2019

King of Glory Lutheran Church
6411 LBJ Frwy.
Dallas, TX  75240

$25 Entry Fee   $50 Accompaniment Fee

Students are judged on 3 pieces sung by memory, contrasting styles and time periods.  They accumulate points for trophies, based on their score and receive a judge's critique.  This contest is very much like Solo/Ensemble, but each student sings 3 pieces, instead of 1.