2019 NAfME Student Composers Competition

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 selected composers will receive cash awards, thanks to the generous support of the European American Musical Alliance (Dr. Philip Lasser, president). All entrants will receive written evaluations of their compositions.

All entrants will receive written evaluations of their compositions.

How to Apply

The 2019 Student Composers Competition is now closed. The 2020 Student Composers Competition will open December 16, 2019.

2019 Student Composition Winners:



Matthew Cline of Shanghai, China
for the piece, Fugue and Fantasy

  • Teacher, Christy Wanamaker
  • School, Shanghai American School

Honorable Mention

Joseph Lim of Hartsdale, New York
for the piece, Brass Fanfare

  • Teacher, John Catoliato
  • School, Edgemont Junior/Senior High School

High School


Ryan Jacobs of Stilwell, Kansas
for the piece, When All Are Singing

  • Teacher, Paul Bessetti
  • School, Blue Valley High School

Jett Felder of Campbell, California
for the piece, Game for Five

  • Teacher, Christiana Smith
  • School, Westmont High School

Honorable Mention

Sam Parnin of Fort Wayne, Indiana
for the piece, Balcony 

  • Teacher, Doug Hassell
  • School, Carroll High School



Matt Arnett of Provo, Utah
for the piece, Achilles

School, Brigham Young University

Honorable Mention

Nate Krebs of Elmore, Ohio
for the piece, The Zealot’s Trial

  • Teacher, Lee Heritage
  • School, University of Toledo

Kristen Goldstein of Malvern, Pennsylvania
for the piece, Music Speaks

  • Teacher, Kathleen Doutt
  • School, Immaculata University


*Previously published works are not eligible for submission in the competition.

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