2020 NAfME Student Composers Competition

About the Competition

NAfME is seeking original music by student composers for featured performance at the 2020 NAfME National Conference. Teachers and students are invited to submit original student compositions for Symphonic Orchestra or Reed Quintet. Cash prizes will be awarded to winners and honorable mentions.

Students in elementary school, secondary school, college, and graduate school are eligible to submit compositions. Compositions submitted that fall outside of the orchestral 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

Read the 2020 Rules and Entry Directions for the 2020 Student Composition Competition. Complete the Student Acknowledgement Form and upload with your application.

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.