April 25, 2020 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Registration deadline: April 1 @ 11:59 pm

Location: Choose

Students of member teachers: $40. Students of non-member teachers: $80 plus $50 non-member teacher fee

Student may receive one or more of the following: plaques (plus performing in Honors Recital 6) and division medals (plus  performing in Winners’ Recital)



Through the Ella Louise Burba Piano Contest, talented young pianists from grades 1 – 5 have an opportunity to participate from an early age in a local competitive event. Top awards go to those who demonstrate the highest level of musicality and technical polish.


  • The repertoire requirements are at the teacher’s discretion, which is aligned with the repertoire requirements of the TMTA SA Performance Contest. This “open choice” helps those students preparing specific repertoire for other contests.
  • Travel to other competitive events is sometimes too expensive for students and their families. This contest provides a competitive setting each spring similar to what students might experience outside ADMTA. To further differentiate this experience from local festivals, out of town judges are used when possible.


In honor of her many years of dedicated service to Austin District Music Teachers Association and Texas Music Teachers Association and her tireless support of and positive influence on local and state programs providing inspiration to young pianists, all awards in this event shall be known as the Ella Louise Burba Piano Contest Awards.

  1. All performance participants will be awarded certificates in each grade level.
  2. 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners receive plaques and are invited to perform one of their pieces entered in the contest at the Winner’s Recital.


This is a grade level contest and is open to pianists in grades 1-5.  Students must enter at their grade level (can not enter above or below grade level.    


  1.  In each grade level, entrants are allotted 10 minutes maximum for their performance.
  2.  The chosen repertoire may exceed the time limit, but the judge has discretion to stop the performer without penalty.


  1. Once repertoire lists have been submitted no omissions or substitutions are allowed.
  2. The program is at the discretion of the teacher. There is no requirement for a minimum number of pieces. 
  3. Pieces programmed should be within the time limits for that division. If a program exceeds the time limits, the performer will be stopped, but not penalized.
  4. Pieces using unconventional performance techniques, such as plucking, hitting, or strumming the strings inside the piano; tapping on the case or soundboard with knuckles or other object, etc. must be approved by the Student Events Chair prior to registration, as this depends on what the facility allows.
  5. Compositions for prepared piano, i.e. that involve the use of foreign objects attached to the strings or other parts of the action, are not allowed due to contract limitations with facilities.
  6. Concerto Performances are not permitted.
  7. Repeats are left to the discretion of entrant.


  1. Students must provide original music for the judge or they will automatically be disqualified.
  2. Number the first measure of each new line of the music.
  3. All pieces MUST be memorized.
  4. The schedule is randomized for each grade level contest, so requests for time changes are not accepted.
  5. If a contestant cannot attend, the chair should be notified in advance.
  6. Winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd place) of the contest will be determined at the discretion of the judge.  Grades with a large number of entries may be separated into more than one group.  If grades are split, each group will be given separate awards.
  7. The judge may withhold one or more places or awards at any grade level the judge believes the performances do not meet the standard for the event.


  1.  All parts of the application must be completed by the deadline.
  2. Registration should be completed by midnight on the day of the deadline. There is a two-day grace period after the deadline with a $15.00 late fee; the treasurer will bill you the late fee.


  1. Teachers are responsible for registering their eligible students for the Winner’s Recital.  (See p. 59-61 of the 2019-2020 Yearbook).
  2. There is no cost for honors recitals, but registrations during two-day grace period after the deadline carry a late fee of $15.00 and the treasurer will bill you.

Registration for this event begins March 20, 2020 @ 5:00 am.

To edit a registration, click on the registration's Edit link, then after the page re-loads, the Register tab. To delete a registration, click on the registration's Delete link, then OK in the confirmation popup. Please note that registrations cannot be edited after the grace period. If any problems, please contact assist@admta.org by the end of the grace period.

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Registration for this event begins March 20, 2020 @ 5:00 am.
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