2017 NAfME Student Composers Competition


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

    • Required Form: Please include with your application

    • All applications must be submitted online through Acceptd
      1. Log on to Acceptd, or create a new account.
      2. Search for NAfME programs.
      3. Select “2017 NAfME Student Composers Composition Competition”
      4. Upload a Mp3/audio file of the composition. Midi files are acceptable (from composition software applications).
      5. Submit payment for the application ($40)

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.