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

Location: UT-Austin, Butler School of Music

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 – 12 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. Generous time limits for each age group are also set.
  • 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.
  • Currently, Region 2 students do not get to perform live in a regional contest like other regions. Instead, they submit video recordings from the local contest. This contest gives our Region 2 TMTA SA Performance students an opportunity to perform their program live for a judge before attending state convention semi-finals.


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 Honors Recital 6.


This is a grade level contest and is open to pianists in grades 1-12.   Students must enter at their grade level (can not enter above or below grade level) and must advance to the next level each year to be eligible for the associated division award.  Those who may have situations where exceptions such as a repeated grade or skipped grade should contact the Student Events Chair for clarification before the registration deadline.


Elementary Division (Grades 1 – 4): 10 minutes
Junior Division (Grades 5 – 8): 15 minutes
Senior Division (Grades 9 – 12): 20 minutes


  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. This is similar to and intended to mirror the TMTA SA Performance Contest repertoire requirements.
  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. No changes or additions to the submitted repertoire are allowed.
  8. Music must be memorized.
  9. 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. Student chooses the ORDER of the pieces performed.
  5. The schedule is randomized for each grade level contest, so requests for time changes are not accepted.
  6. If a contestant cannot attend, the chair should be notified in advance.
  7. Winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd place) of the contest will be determined at the discretion of the judge. Honorable Mention are not eligible to perform on an Honors Recital.  No ties are permitted.
  8. If any grade level of a contest has five or fewer entries, the judge may (but is not obliged to) withhold one or more possible awards. However, the total number of awards cannot exceed the number of contestants.
  9. Judge may declare there is no winner and the decision of the judge is final.


  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 student eligible for honors recital 6 online.
  2. Check the Honors Recital section for dates, deadlines and chairs under the recitals section.
  3. There is no cost for honors recitals, but there is a two-day grace period after the deadline with a late fee of $15.00 and the treasurer will bill you.
  4. Preference for early or late concerts may be selected, but cannot be guaranteed.

Registration for this event begins March 20, 2020.

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