PAMTA is the local affiliate of the Illinois State Music Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association. The objective of this group is to Encourage and exchange of ideas in the field; to Enrich the love and understanding of music; and to Elevate the standards of teaching music by recognizing the experience, training, and challenge necessary for professional growth.


Chairman – Grace Trang

ISMTA sponsors competition for junior high and senior high students which culminate at the state level, and a state-level collegiate piano competition.  There are cash awards for first place winners.

These competitions are sponsored exclusively by the Illinois State Music Teachers Association and are entirely separate from the MTNA competitions.  ISMTA Competitions start out at the District Level (called the “District Auditions”).

Categories are:

  • ISMTA Elementary Piano
  • ISMTA High School Piano Duet
  • ISMTA Junior  – Piano, Strings, Woodwind, Brass
  • ISMTA Senior  – Piano, Strings, Voice, Woodwind, Brass
  • ISMTA Collegiate – Piano
  • ISMTA Composition – Junior, Senior, Young Artist

ISMTA Competition Guidelines – 2016

2016 Entry Form

Registration Deadline –  September 14, 2016


Date Event Location
October 15, 2016 ISMTA West District Auditions Illinois Central College
November 5-6, 2016 ISMTA State Finals Illinois Wesleyan University
TBA Camp Scholarship First Christian Church