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) and the Double R Foundation. All entrants will receive written evaluations of their compositions.
All entrants will receive written evaluations of their compositions.
How to Apply
The 2019 Composition Competition is now closed. The 2020 Composition 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
Joseph Lim of Hartsdale, New York
for the piece, Brass Fanfare
- Teacher, John Catoliato
- School, Edgemont Junior/Senior 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
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
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.