The MTAC State VOCE program is a prestigious competition for vocalists, strings, winds/brass, and chamber ensembles. Finalists from the local branches throughout California compete to attend the final round in April. The winners from that round will go on to perform at the State Convention where they can receive cash prizes. The Conejo-Valley MTAC runs a festival that incorporates the first round of the State competition along side “Branch-Only” events.

The State Competition

Highlights of some State-Track competition rules:

Instrumentation: Strings and Winds all compete together (ie. violins, violas, & cellos are all in the same category. Likewise, flutes & clarinets compete against each other.)

Repertoire: Specific repertoire rules are in place. i.e. String musicians MUST perform a concerto as one of their pieces. Vocalists MUST perform 3 pieces, each in a different language.

Judging: Only students who meet the high standard expected for competition at the State level will receive first prize at the branch level. Judges may opt to not award a first place.

Fees: Fees are set by the State. Parents will pay directly on the State website

Complete information about the State Competition can be found on the State website

The Branch-Only Events

Branch-Only Events include a local competition and master classes. Students who enter the Branch-Only Competition will NOT have the opportunity to advance to the State Competition

Highlights of some Branch-Only competition rules:

Instrumentation: Each instrument competes in a separate category (i.e. violins do not compete with violas or cellos)

Repertoire: Teachers may choose any repertoire they would like their students to present as long as the time limit is not exceeded.

Judging: First place will always be awarded in each category that has participants.

Fees: Fees are set by the Branch. Parents will pay teachers who will submit the money and application to the Branch VOCE Chair.

Application for Branch Events

Branch-Only Competition Info | Branch Masterclasses Info