2022 - OMEA State Composition Contest
Deadline November 1
The purpose of the OMEA State Composition Contest is to promote music literacy, music theory, and music composition for students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
Link to submission form It is helpful to have a Google account to submit this form.
The purpose of an OMEA State Composition Contest is to promote music literacy, music theory, and music composition for students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
Compositions may be written in any style or genre and for any solo or combination of instruments or voices (instrumental, choral/vocal, or electronic).
Minimum length of composition:
o Elementary composers (grades K-5): 1 minute
o Middle School composers (grades 6-8): 2 minutes
o High School composers (grades 9-12): 3 minutes
Student compositions must be submitted electronically by an OMEA member teacher on behalf of the student. Teachers must have a google account to complete the form and upload the compositions. Compositions must be in the following formats:
a. [REQUIRED] A pdf file of the music written in traditional music notation.
i. Music may be neatly handwritten on staff paper, then photocopied /scanned/photographed and converted to a pdf.
ii. Music may be written using a computer music writing program (Sibelius, Finale, Notion, etc.) and converted to a pdf.
b. [Optional, but highly encouraged] A live recording (mp3 file) or an electronic/midi/computer generated performance (mp3 file).
Application fee – none.
Deadline for submissions November 1, 2021.
Winners in each grade category will be notified approximately December.
Compositions will be assessed and ranked based on the rubric found on the OMEA website.
Winners and their teachers will be recognized online (OMEA website) and at the OMEA State conference in January. Winners will receive a trophy in recognition of their achievement.
2022 Composers’ Symposium (High School Only)
At least ten (10) high school OMEA Composition Contest Finalists will be selected to participate in the Composer’s Symposium sponsored by the Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival at Newport in April 2022. Selected students will receive individual instruction (in-person & via Skype/Zoom) from December through April from professional composer Dr. Dana Reason at OSU. Each student participating in the Symposium will receive a $250 scholarship from the Festival and have all expenses paid (motel, food, etc.) during the Symposium. More information about the OCYS Festival and Composers’ Symposium is available by contacting Dr. Michael Dalton at email@example.com .
Past Composition Contest Winners
2020 - 2021
Co-Champion: Russell Martino - Nocturne in E-Minor; Music Teacher: John Daly
Co-Champion: Haruka Sakiyama - City Night; Music Teacher: Ryan Uldall, Athey Creek Middle School
Ashton Cochrun - Jazz Song; Music Teacher: Mike Dyer, Sherwood Middle School
Micah Dahl - Just a Piano, Finale (4th Movement) "The Fruits of My Labor" ; Music Teacher: Mandy Burton, Highland Park Middle School
Alexander Denny - Mythical Conquest; Music Teacher: Ryan Uldall, Athey Creek Middle School
Co-Champion: Sam Ibarra - Kintsugi Theme and Variations; Music Teacher: Alexander Figueroa, McKay High School
Co-Champion: Koharu Sakiyama - Suite du Cirque; Music Teacher: Kevin Egan, West Linn High School
Jake Billard - In Waning Winter Wind; Music Teacher: Alec Chase, Sandy High School
Colin Hamilton - Overcome; Music Teacher: Matthew Farris, Molalla River High School
Henry Stubbert - Cloudburst; Music Teacher: Kami Hendrix, Sheldon High School
2019 - 2020
Champion: Haruka Sakiyama - Band Soldier March; Music Teacher: Ryan Uldall, Athey Creek Middle School
Honorable Mention: Spy Pranchalee - Timeless; Music Teacher: Casey Crane, Laurel Ridge Middle School
Co-Champion: Ryan Fillinger-Palotay - On This Day; Music Teacher: Brant Stai, Sherwood High School
Co-Champion: Isabella Morrill - Hymn to the Rain; Music Teacher: Michael McClure, Warrenton High School
Matthew Kaminski - Hidden Voices; Music Teacher: Jeremy Zander, Mountainside High School
Micah Nichols - Styrofoam; Music Teacher: Branden Hansen, Roseburg High School
Koharu Sakiyama - Dancing Whirlwinds; Music Teacher: Kevin Egan, West Linn High School
Maurice Talbot - Translucence; Music Teacher: Travis Moddison, Ashland High School
2018 - 2019
Champion: Amir Avsker - Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 28 in G Major. Music Teacher: Patrick McNeill
Honorable Mention: Liliana Salazar - My Champion. Music Teacher: Carolyn Freel
Co-Champion: Ryan Fillinger - Hymn to a Rising Dawn. Music Teacher: Brant Stai
Co-Champion: Michael McCann - Delta, Fantasia for Wind Ensemble. Music Teacher: Jarod Sorum
Honorable Mention (Choral/Vocal): Samantha Greenhalgh - The Lord's Return; Music Teacher: Mary Brandenstein
Honorable Mention (Strings): Ella Rose - Haunting; Music Teacher: Kristine Janes
2017 - 2018
Champion: Peter Scheessele - Peter's Theme
Champion: Koharu Sakiyama - Little Bird
Champion: Jacob Safirstein - Concertpiece No. 1