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 

2022 NAfME Electronic Music Composition Competition Winners


Ethan Guan for the piece, No Shame in Games

  • The Harker School, San Jose, California
  • Teacher, Susan Nace

Honorable Mention:

Anthony Gibson for the piece, Ethereal

  • Friends School Mullica Hill, Mullica Hill, New Jersey
  • Teacher, Kathleen Hayden

Elizabeth Hadley for the piece, Wasabi Rice Crackers

  • McConnell Middle School, Loganville, Georgia
  • Teacher, Christopher Jones

High School

Bella Chaine for the piece, Falling off the Edge of this Cinderblock Building

  • Honolulu, Hawaii

Dominic Labuguen for the piece, Spring

  • Ocean Grove Charter School, Placerville, California
  • Teacher, Therese Labuguen

Honorable Mention:

Ben Casper for the piece, World Within Your Soul

  • Mayo High School, Rochester, Minnesota
  • Teacher, Aaron Cole

Robin Gillespie for the piece, Mammatus Cloud

  • Sachem North High School, Lake Ronkonkoma, New York
  • Teacher, Mike Carroll


Daniel Speal for the piece, Orchids

  • Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama

Honorable Mention:

Hudson Dunbar for the piece, Prognosticate

  • Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama


View Competition Winners from Previous Years

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