What is the VOCE Competition?
1) The goal of the VOCE program/competition is to offer performance
opportunities and public recognition to outstanding vocalists,
orchestral soloists, chamber music groups and ensembles.
2) This is a Local and State competition open to the students
of MTAC Teachers. State Winners will receive cash prizes and the
opportunity to perform at the State Convention.
3) There is also a non-competitive part of this event, which includes
other musical ensembles, such as duets for piano, piano-duos,
sonatas for piano and other instruments.
4) NEW: Click Here for Online Enrollment www.mtac.org
5) More details available on the state website for Teachers (after
6) View MTAC website: History
Please refer to the
VOCE Guidelines and State website for full details about the competition/festival.
1) Original scores are to be provided to the judges by each performer.
No photocopies allowed. Photocopies (for the
students or the judges) will result in immediate disqualification.
2) Each contestant or group of contestants will be allowed nine
(9) minutes to perform. The judges may choose whether or not to
hear the cadenza(s), and/or if they wish to stop a contestant
if they have exceeded the time limit.
3) Judges may select a First, Second and Third place winner for
each category. Ties are allowed. The judging panel reserves the
right not to award a 1st place Winner in every category.
4) The Judges’ decisions are FINAL.
a. At the end of the day, each performer
will receive a Certificate of Participation and/or other awards.
b. Winners and Honorable Mentions will
be announced immediately following the completion of the MTAC-San
Diego VOCE Competition Festival.
All repertoire must include at least one piece from the standard
literature for that category. No transcriptions, arrangements
or abridged versions will be accepted. Selections written with
piano accompaniment must be performed with a pianist. Unaccompanied
solo works are acceptable entries if paired with a concerto.
Choose three selections composed in the original languages, specifically
to include one work in English and two works in languages other
than English. Everything is to be memorized.
Choose two contrasting works, representing different musical eras,
styles and tempi. At least one piece must be a concerto or the
equivalent (with orchestral accompaniment). All solo pieces must
be memorized, including Sonatas.
Choose two (substantial) contrasting movements, selected from
the standard repertoire, representing two different musical eras.
Major sonatas for piano and one other instrument (either a wind
or stringed instrument) may be considered an Ensemble piece if
the piano part is written as an equal to the other and not considered
an accompanying part. Sonatas performed within the Ensemble category
should be performed with music.
the history of VOCE on www.mtac.org