2017 NAfME Student Composers Competition

 About the Competition

NAfME is seeking original music written by student composers for featured performance in the 2017 Young Composers 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

2016 Student Composition Winners:



Jacob Dougherty,Floating Balloons, Oceanside, California

  • Teacher, Zach O’Brien

Honorable Mention

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

High School


Paul Stelben, Mixed Feelings,” Guilford, Connecticut

  • Teacher, Robert Smith

Honorable Mention

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

Honorable Mention

Paul RoyseSynaptic 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.