You know that feeling. The one you get when you're fully engrossed in the music, when you lose all sense of your surroundings. It's that feeling when you're waiting for that beat to drop, during that epic musical passage in your lesson, after a beautiful violin solo, heard your favorite song, or learned a difficult music. You close your eyes and are transported somewhere new. For this year’s cover design contest–share with us your Ultimate Music Moment!


Winners will be acknowledged and awarded at the 2019 Honors Concert for the Hawaiʻi State Music Competition.


  • All entries must be received by August 15, 2019; 11:59 PM HST. Please plan accordingly if you will be mailing your entry. Entries received after the deadline will not be accepted.

  • Winning entries will be announced after September 1, 2019.

  • Entrants must be a student of current HMTA member (2019 – 2020).

  • Contest is open to students ages 5 to 19.

  • One entry per student.

  • Previous 1st place winners are not eligible.

  • There is no entry fee.

artwork Guidelines


Hawaiʻi Music Teachers Association
2019 – 2020

Entries with incorrect spelling or revised text will be disqualified. Note: the ʻokina between the two I’s in “Hawaiʻi”. Use of an apostrophe instead of an ʻokina will be considered a misspelling.

SIZE: 5.5” x 8.5” (standard letter size folded in half)

MEDIUMS ACCEPTED: Graphic Design, Photography, Paintings, Drawings, Collages, or Mixed Media (use of more than one medium.) Electronic file should be 300 DPI in .JPG or .PNG format and should not exceed 20 MB.

COPYRIGHT: Every entry must be original in design and concept. The artist must retain all copyrights to their art-work. If photographs are used, an additional media release form signed by the photographer will be requested. Any artwork that depicts copyrighted images (characters from TV shows, movies, video games, etc.) will be disqualified.


The winning artwork will be featured in select HMTA publications and on All prizes include two (2) tickets to the Hawaii State Music Competition Honors Concert.

1st Prize: $75
2nd Prize: $50
3rd Prize: $25
Honorable Mention: $10 Jamba Juice Gift Card

to enter

  1. Fill out the online application (link below)

  2. Submit your artwork by uploading with your application, or by mailing to

    attn: Cover Design
    P.O. Box 4485
    Honolulu, HI 96812

  3. If you are mailing, please DO NOT fold artwork. It is also recommended to print “Do Not Bend” on the outside of your envelope. Please include a cover page with:

    1. Entrant’s Name

    2. Age

    3. Music Teacher

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