About the Competition
NAfME is seeking original music written by student composers for featured performance in the 2017 Young Composer Concert, held in Dallas, Texas, and the 2017 All National Honor Orchestra performance as part of the All National Honor Ensemble (ANHE) performances at Walt Disney World. Teachers and students are invited to submit original compositions by students for possible inclusion in the concerts. Students in elementary school, secondary school, college, and graduate school are eligible to submit compositions.
In order to be eligible for performance, compositions must be submitted for the specific instrumentations, as outlined below. Along with a national premiere, winning compositions may be eligible for cash awards. Compositions submitted that fall outside of the instrumentation guidelines will be adjudicated but will not be eligible for awards or for performance.
Up to six (6) winning composers may 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
- The deadline for applications is April 15, 2017
- 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.