Junior Music Festivals

Junior Music Festivals offer young music students the opportunity to perform in a friendly, relaxed and encouraging environment. They are held in various locations throughout Sydney and also Newcastle and Wollongong. They are open to students of both members and non-members of the MTA.

Instead of being divided into age groups, Junior Music Festivals are divided into sections by the grade/ability of the performer. This means that all participants have a chance to shine and even win prizes, even late beginners. Any recognised Exam board grading system is acceptable.

Trophy prizes are awarded in all sections, with all participants receiving a Certificate of Participation and a report from the adjudicator.  Entrants must be aged 18 years and under as at 31 July. They may enter for more than one venue.  (See Junior Music Festival Terms & Conditions for further details.)

Sections

NoviceBeginners to Preliminary
Time limit maximum 3 minutes
One piece to be played only.  Duets not permitted.
Elementary1st and 2nd Grade
Time limit maximum 3 minutes
One piece to be played only.  Duets not permitted.
Intermediate3rd and 4th Grade
Time limit maximum 4 minutes
One piece to be played only.  Duets not permitted.
Late Intermediate5th and 6th Grade
Time limit maximum 4 minutes
One piece to be played only.  Duets not permitted.
Advanced7th and 8th Grade
Time limit maximum 6 minutes
One piece to be played only.  Duets not permitted.

2024 Dates and Locations

Junior Music Festivals will be held in the following places this year:

21/07/24 - Penrith - Nepean Creative & Performing Arts High School
04/08/24 - Newcastle - Adamstown Uniting Church
11/08/24 - Chippendale - Chippen St Theatre
08/09/24 - Cherrybrook - Inala School
20/10/24 - Burwood - Fitzroy Hall
10/11/24 - Wollongong - Wollongong Conservatorium