2022 NAfME Electronic Music Composition Competition

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About the Competition

The NAfME Electronic Music Composition Competition recognizes outstanding compositions and highlights the effectiveness of music technology in the school curriculum. Teachers and students are invited to submit original student compositions. 

Students in elementary school, secondary school, college, and graduate school are eligible to submit compositions. Each entrant must be sponsored by a NAfME member teacher, or be a NAfME Collegiate member in good standing. 

Compositions should be 5 minutes or less and should either be composed electronically or include electronic instruments (vocal and/or acoustic instruments may be combined with electronic instruments). Compositions submitted that fall outside the competition guidelines will be adjudicated but will not be eligible for awards or for performance.

Up to nine (9) selected composers will receive cash awards. All entrants will receive written evaluations of their compositions.

Please review the 2022 NAfME Electronic Music Composition Competition Rules and Entry Directions.

How To Apply

All applications are submitted online through Submittable.

  • Log in or create a new account at http://www.submittable.com.
  • Click HERE to start your application
  • Fill out all fields on the form, and upload all necessary files, which include:
    • The Student Acknowledgement Form
      • Must be filled out, signed, and uploaded with your application.
    • MP3/audio file of the composition OR a link to the sound file
      • Midi files are acceptable (from composition software applications).
      • Audio streaming sites such as Soundcloud are also acceptable.
    • PDF of your score, if appropriate (this is not required).
  • Questions? Contact: Programs@nafme.org 

2021 NAfME Electronic Music Composition Competition Winners


Jackson Laird for the piece, Run Away

  • Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts, Columbus, Georgia
  • Teacher, Samuel Brown

Honorable Mention:

Celeste Arndt for the piece, Lava

  • Excelsior Elementary School, Excelsior, Minnesota
  • Teacher, David Davis

Secret McNair, Carre Price, Kemani Heath, Aniyah Allen, and Jermiah Bademosi for the piece, We Black

  • Center City PCS: Trinidad Campus, Washington, DC
  • Teacher, DeAnte Willis

High School

Jessica Taylor for the piece, Cherry Plum

  • Weaver Academy, Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Teacher, Howell Ledford

Honorable Mention:

Grant MacMillan for the piece, Nimbus

  • Loudoun County High School, Leesburg, Virginia
  • Teacher, Lisa Fiorilli

Cameron Woody for the piece, Creature

  • Weaver Academy, Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Teacher, Howie Ledford


Crystin Williams for the piece, Showing Color

  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, North Carolina

Honorable Mention:

Nate Krebs for the piece, Boolean Input,
in collaboration with Andrew D. Meyer on Alto Saxophone

  • Ohio University, Athens, Ohio


View Competition Winners from Previous Years

*Submission implies permission for NAfME to perform and record all selected works.