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,firstname.lastname@example.org
Past Composition Contest Winners
2018 - 2019
Winner: 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-Winner: Ryan Fillinger - Hymn to a Rising Dawn. Music Teacher: Brant Stai
Co-Winner: 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