2017 Details Coming Soon!
About the Competition
NAfME is seeking original music written by student composers for featured performance in the Young Composers Concert. Teachers and students are invited to submit original compositions by students for possible inclusion in the concert. Students in elementary school, secondary school, college, and graduate school are eligible to submit compositions.
Compositions may also be submitted for specific chamber instrumentation and may be eligible for performance at the Young Composers Concert and a cash award. Compositions submitted that fall outside of the choral or chamber instrumentation guidelines will be adjudicated but will not be eligible for awards or for performance.
Up to ten winning composers will receive cash awards, thanks to the generous support of the European American Musical Alliance (Dr. Philip Lasser, president) and the Double R Foundation. All entrants will receive written evaluations of their compositions.
How to Apply
2017 Student Composers Competition Instructions
- All applications must be submitted online through Acceptd
- Log on to Acceptd, or create a new account.
- Search for NAfME programs.
- Select “2017 NAfME Student Composers Composition Competition”
- Upload a Mp3/audio file of the composition. Midi files are acceptable (from composition software applications).
- Submit payment for the application ($40)
2016 Student Composition Winners:
- Teacher, Zach O’Brien
Liam Diethrich, “String Quintet No.2 mvt. 1 – Journey,” Highland Park, Illinois
- Teacher, Molly McDougall
Anika Fuloria, “Nature’s Dance,“ Los Altos, California
- Teacher, David Hart
Molly Lum, “Rex Incedit,” Sterling, Virginia
- Teacher, Jessica Eastridge
Paul Stelben, “Mixed Feelings,” Guilford, Connecticut
- Teacher, Robert Smith
Helena Abney-McPeek, “May 14, 2nd Movement,” Chicago, Illinois
- Teacher, Katy Sinclair
Eliot Hinson, “Scherzo in Three Movements,” Hendersonville, Tennessee
- Teacher, Jeffrey Phillips
Lauren Vandervelden, “lo,” Boise, Idaho
- Teacher, Laurel Talley
John Kosch, “Listen to a Jubilant Song,” Lincoln, Nebraska
Paul Royse, “Synaptic Connections,” Knoxville, Tennessee
*Previously published works are not eligible for submission in the competition.
*Submission implies permission for NAfME to perform and record all selected works.