Conference Student Composition Contest

2020 - OMEA State Composition Contest

Deadline October 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 submit your student composition (google 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 hand written on staff paper, then photocopied 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 October 1st.

Winners in each grade category will be notified at least one month prior to the annual state conference.

Compositions will be assessed and ranked based on the rubric found on the OMEA website.


Questions can be directed to Josh Rist, OMEA Composition Contest Chairperson,


Past Composition Contest Winners

2019 - 2020

Elementary School

No entries

Middle School

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

High 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

Honorable Mentions:

Matthew Kaminski - Hidden Voices; Music Teacher: Jeremy Zander, Mountainside High School

Micah Nichols - Styrofoam; Music Teacher: Branden Hansen, Roseburg High School

Koharu Sakiyama - Dancing WhirlwindsMusic Teacher: Kevin Egan, West Linn High School

Maurice Talbot - TranslucenceMusic Teacher: Travis Moddison, Ashland High School

2018 - 2019 

Middle School

      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

High School

     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

Elementary School

Champion: Peter Scheessele - Peter's Theme

Middle School

Champion: Koharu Sakiyama - Little Bird

High School

Champion: Jacob Safirstein - Concertpiece No. 1