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 minuteo Middle School composers (grades 6-8): 2 minuteso 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 Oct 1, 2019.Winners in each grade category will be notified approximately Nov 1, 2019.
Students should be entered into the competition at their 2019-2020 grade level. Teachers with students in grades K-11 during the 2018-2019 school year may nominate students even if their student will be advancing to a different school or music teacher in 2019-2020. Graduating students from the class of 2019, however, are not eligible.
Compositions will be assessed and ranked based on the rubric found on the OMEA website.
Winners and their parents will be invited to the OMEA Conference in Eugene, Oregon this coming January 2020, where they will be recognized and receive their award. We are hoping to feature live performances of our winning composition this year – more details to come. Winning compositions will also be shared with the public on the official OMEA website.
Questions or concerns? Contact the contest co-chairs, Kathy Briggs at firstname.lastname@example.org or Josh Rist at Rist_Joshua@salkeiz.k12.or.us