2021 NAfME Electronic Music Composition Competition

Electronic Music Composition Competition

About the Competition

The NAfME Electronic Music Composition Competition recognizes outstanding compositions and highlights the effectiveness of music technology in the school curriculum. Entries will be judged based on their aesthetic quality, use of electronic media, and the power of the composition.

Association member adjudicators will select a winner in each of the following categories:

  1. Grades K-8
  2. Grades 9-12
  3. Collegiate
  • Each entrant must be sponsored by an 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)
  • View Competition Winners from Previous Years

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

Additionally, winners in each category will receive a prize from Notetracks, and all applicants will receive a discount code from

How To Apply

  • Applications are now closed
  • Applications closed April 9, 2021, at 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Savings Time.
  • Questions? Contact: Programs@nafme.org 

2020 NAfME Electronic Music Composition Competition Winners


Matthew Lee, “Breakthrough,” Allendale, New Jersey

  • Teacher, Daseul Kim
  • School, Primoris Academy

Honorable Mention:

Braylon Cook, “Rapid Fire,” Jacksonville, Florida

  • Teacher, Lisa Butler
  • School, Riverside Presbyterian Day School

Jackson Laird, “Alive,” Columbus, Georgia

  • Teacher, Samuel Brown
  • School, Rainey-McCullers School of The Arts

High School

Elijah Croyle, “Soul Dog,” Snohomish, Washington

  • Teacher, Tadd Morris
  • School, Glacier Peak High School

Honorable Mention:

Madeline Cahill, “Time Machine,” Los Angeles, California

  • Teacher, Stephen Billington
  • School, New Roads

Preston Leatherman, “To Mars and Back,” Defiance, Ohio

  • Teacher, Brett Grime
  • School, Tinora High School

Shawn McIntire, “Birth of a Legend,” Lake Villa, Illinois

  • Teacher, Elliott Hile
  • School, Lakes Community High School


Estevan Olmos, Cali-Mexup,” Clovis, California

  • School, California State University — Fresno

Honorable Mention:

Daniel Cobo, “You’ll Never Get To Heaven,” Rancho Cucamonga, California

  • School, Azusa Pacific University