Guidelines for MTNA eFestival Evaluator

MTNA is not currently accepting additional evaluator applications.

  1. As an MTNA eFestival Evaluator, you will be set up with an account through the Acceptd platform so you can access your assigned submissions online.
    • You will receive a specific guide to navigating the Acceptd platform with screenshots and instructions once you are selected as an evaluator.
  2. Through Acceptd, you will be able to view the video recordings (up to 8 videos and 15 minutes total) for each applicant and leave your comments and feedback. When a new submission is assigned to you, you will receive an e-mail notification.
    • You agree to submit your typed constructive feedback within 2 weeks of receiving each applicant's video(s).
    • You agree not to comment on the quality of the video, background noises or other things outside of the performer's control.
    • You may watch the video multiple times to create your comments.
  3. Due to legal copyright issues, evaluators will not be provided with a copy of the music.
    • Each video will communicate the name and composer of each piece
    • By entering the MTNA eFestival and signing the agreement, entrant certifies that they are following copyright laws. You do not need to verify that music used is a legal copy.
  4. There is no rating system, only comments. Since the evaluator will not have the score (unless you own it or have access to it otherwise), comments will be based on musicality, expression, stage presence, poise, etc. To make specific comments, you may refer to a precise place in the video (for exampe, at 1'40'', you handled the complicated rhythm well).
  5. Your comments will be the sole feedback received by the performer.
  6. Details about each performer will remain anonymous. You will see the performer, but will not know the name, age, length of study, teacher or special circumstances. You are strictly judging a performance. The only information you will receive with each video is repertoire information and composer(s).
  7. Memorization is not required.
  8. If you receive any communication or complaints from students or teachers regarding your evaluation or anything related to the eFestival, you agree to forward them to eFestival manager to handle.


  • Anyone can apply. Preference will be given to those with adjudicating experience.
  • MTNA membership is not required, but strongly encouraged.


  • Evaluators will be compensated $15 per completed evaluation. You will be evaluating a maximum of 15 minutes of music per applicant.
  • Compensation will be sent to you from MTNA once a month.
  • Evaluators are not employees of MTNA. As a third-party contractor, you will be responsible for payment of all applicable taxes. A 1099 will be issued for evaluators who receive $600 or more annually in compensation from the MTNA eFestival.

Evaluator Evaluations

As an evaluator for MTNA’s eFestival, you represent MTNA. You may be the student’s only connection to our association.

  • Evaluators will be retained until either party terminates the relationship, providing that:
    • Comments to students are positive, encouraging, and constructive.
    • Evaluators return their critiques back within the 2-week deadline.
    • Evaluators convey a professional and courteous manner.

Evaluator Availability

If you are chosen to be an eFestival Evaluator, you agree to communicate to the eFestival manager any periods you are not available to accept evaluations.

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