District Festivals

** No in-person District Festivals for 2021, but we will be hosting Districts as an eFestival. 

District Festivals

Non-competitive, pre-college festivals are held every spring at five district sites in piano, orchestral strings, voice, woodwinds, brass, percussion, plectrum guitar, and classical guitar. These festivals are held in April or May at sites in the Lincoln, Omaha, Central, Western, and Northeastern Districts. Students entering as soloists are required to perform at least two memorized pieces, scales or other technical requirements, sight reading, and a written and oral test in theory and musicianship.

Festival Manual

How to Register Students:

To enter students into the NMTA Districts Festivals, the teacher must be a member of NMTA by March 1st of the current year.

Login to Register Online

2020 District Member Entry Blank – Use this to gather student information but complete registration online.

2020 District Non-Member Entry Form – (Western District Only) Please fill out and mail to district chairperson.

District Festival Student Entry Instructions

LOGIN to see specific festival information and documents on the Festival Information Page.

How to submit videos and music scores

When recording performance videos have the student play the scale then their solo as one video, then the other scale and the other solo as the second video.

The music rack must be empty on the submitted video when recording performances from memory.

For the performance video, have the student play the scale then their solo as one video, then the other scale and the other solo as the second video.

Upload your video to  unlisted YouTube video. How to make an unlisted video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOr7JluzEOM

Copies of scores must be uploaded to the private, password protected member login area. Once uploaded these documents will be unavailable to print or download and can be only viewed by the teacher and the single judge.

District eFestival

Registration Deadline: October 20, 2021
Video Upload Begins:
Video Submission Deadline:

Central District Festival

Festival Date:
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Location: District eFestival

Lincoln District Festival

Festival Date:
Registration Deadline:
Location: District eFestival

Northeastern District Festival

Festival Date:
Registration Deadline:
Location: District eFestival

Omaha District Festival

Festival Date:
Registration Deadline:
Location: District eFestival

Western District Festival

Festival Date:
Registration Deadline:
Location: District eFestival

For festival related questions, send an e-mail to: contactnmta@gmail.com

Useful Documents:

NMTA Theory Guidelines – Level 1A-4B
Level 1A Theory Test Sample – 03/18
Level 1B Theory Test Sample – 07/19
Level 2A Theory Test Sample – 07/19
Level 2B Theory Test Sample – 07/19
Level 3A Theory Test Sample – 07/19
Level 3B Theory Test Sample – 07/19
Level 4A Theory Test Sample – 07/19
Level 4B Theory Test Sample – 07/19
Glossary Level 1A/1B – 03/18
Glossary Level 2A/2B – 08/18
Glossary Level 3A/3B – 08/18
Glossary Level 4A/4B – 08/18