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  PMEA is pleased to sponsor a composition program for PMEA members and their students in conjunction with the 2021 PMEA Virtual Conference, April 14-17.  New this year is the addition of an "open track," with no pre-requisite for submissions. Pieces must be unpublished and created by the PMEA member and/or their students. 

*Please note that this is a new category in PMEA’s Composition Program and is separate from the traditional format with minimum submission requirements categorized by level.

Program Rules and Procedures:
1. The sponsoring teacher must be a PMEA member.

2. Entries must be unpublished original compositions. No transcriptions or arrangements will be eligible.

3. Compositions should be no more than five – seven minutes in length. There is no minimum length requirement.

4. The purpose of the program is to encourage and promote all types of composition among people of all ages.

5. Compositions must be submitted with a full score in PDF format and a recording of the piece.

6. Be sure that your name is NOT listed anywhere on the score or in the audio file as all submissions are reviewed blindly.

7. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. February 1, 2021. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered.

8. All rights, including copyrighting, remain with the composer(s).

9. Compositions submitted must not be published and must have not won any other competitions.

10. The panel of judges will include qualified university composition faculty, university music education faculty and/or music educators.

11. Each PMEA member/student is limited to one entry in the PMEA Open Track.

12. All submissions will receive feedback; some may be asked to participate in a session/webinar on composition


Evaluation criteria:

  • Creative use of the elements of music
  • Appropriate use of voice and/or instruments (range/playability, texture, tone color, text if applicable)
  • Compositional technique and development
  • Presentation (correct musical notation)


Entry Fee: $10

Questions: Please email compositions@pmea.net

  PMEA is pleased to once again sponsor a composition program for PMEA members and their students in conjunction with the 2021 PMEA Virtual Conference, April 14-17.

 Requirements for the elementary level: An original composition for at least a solo (instrument or voice) with piano accompaniment or small instrumental ensemble. *Previous composition awardees may not submit a composition in the same genre in which they were recognized, however a composition in a different genre may be submitted.

Program Rules and Procedures:

1. The sponsoring teacher must be a PMEA member.

2. Entries must be unpublished original compositions. No transcriptions or arrangements will be eligible.

3. Compositions should be between three and five minutes in length.

4. The purpose of the program is to encourage and promote student composition. Therefore, the composition must be conceived and constructed solely by the composer.

5. Compositions must be submitted with a full score in PDF format and a recorded performance or digital audio file.

6. Be sure that your name is NOT listed anywhere on the score or in the audio file.

7. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. February 1, 2021. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered.

8. All rights, including copyrighting, remain with the composer.

9. Compositions submitted must not be published and must have not won any other competitions.

10. The panel of judges include qualified university composition faculty, university music education faculty and music educators. Their decisions will be final, with the right to withhold the award in the event that no entry is judged to be worthy of winning.

11. Each student is limited to one entry in this level (students may also submit a different entry in the PMEA Open Track, should they wish to do so).

12. The top compositions may be featured during the 2021 PMEA Virtual Conference. Should your composition be selected, the recording submitted will be used for the virtual conference session.

Evaluation criteria:

  • Creative use of the elements of music
  • Appropriate use of voice and/or instruments (range/playability, texture, tone color, text if applicable)
  • Compositional technique and development
  • Presentation (correct musical notation)

Results:

The top composition(s) will be recognized and MAY have their pieces featured during the 2021 PMEA Virtual Conference. All applicants will receive feedback on their compositions.

Entry Fee: $10

Questions: Please email compositions@pmea.net

   PMEA is pleased to once again sponsor a composition program for PMEA members and their students in conjunction with the 2021 PMEA Virtual Conference, April 14-17.

PCMEA Requirements - An original composition for at least a small ensemble. This could be a woodwind or brass quintet, a string quartet, a percussion ensemble (4 – 6 parts) or four-part choral (SATB) with or without piano accompaniment (with original text or borrowed text (credit must be given)). *Previous composition awardees may not submit a composition in the same genre in which they were recognized, however a composition in a different genre may be submitted.

Program Rules and Procedures:

1. The sponsoring teacher must be a PMEA member.

2. Entries must be unpublished original compositions. No transcriptions or arrangements will be eligible.

3. Compositions should be between four and six minutes in length.

4. The purpose of the program is to encourage and promote student composition. Therefore, the composition must be conceived and constructed solely by the composer.

5. Compositions must be submitted with a full score in PDF format and a recorded performance or digital audio file.

6. Be sure that your name is NOT listed anywhere on the score or in the audio file.

7. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. February 1, 2021. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered.

8. All rights, including copyrighting, remain with the composer.

9. Compositions submitted must not be published and must have not won any other competitions.

10. The panel of judges will include qualified university composition faculty, university music education faculty and/or music educators. Their decisions will be final, with the right to withhold the award in the event that no entry is judged to be worthy of winning.

11. Each student is limited to one entry in this level (students may also submit a different entry in the PMEA Open Track, should they wish to do so).

12. The top compositions may be featured during the 2021 PMEA Virtual Conference. Should your composition be selected, the recording submitted will be used for the virtual conference session.

Evaluation criteria:

  • Creative use of the elements of music
  • Appropriate use of voice and/or instruments (range/playability, texture, tone color, text if applicable)
  • Compositional technique and development
  • Presentation (correct musical notation)

Results:

The top composition(s) will be recognized and MAY have their pieces featured during the 2021 PMEA Virtual Conference. All applicants will receive feedback on their compositions.

Entry Fee: $10

Deadline:  February 1, 2021.

Questions:  Please email: compositions@pmea.net

  PMEA is pleased to once again sponsor a composition program for PMEA members and their students in conjunction with the 2021 PMEA Virtual Conference, April 14-17.

 The PCMEA level is open to all undergraduate PCMEA members. Requirements: An original composition for at least a small ensemble. This could be a woodwind or brass quintet, a string quartet, a percussion ensemble (4 – 6 parts) or a minimum four-part SATB (Divisi if applicable) with or without piano accompaniment (with original text or borrowed text (credit must be given)). *Previous composition awardees may not submit a composition in the same genre in which they were recognized, however a composition in a different genre may be submitted.

Program Rules and Procedures:

1. Composer must be a current PCMEA Member at the undergraduate level.

2. Entries must be unpublished original compositions. No transcriptions or arrangements will be eligible.

3. Compositions should be between five and seven minutes in length.

4. The purpose of the program is to encourage and promote student composition. Therefore, the composition must be conceived and constructed solely by the composer.

5. Compositions must be submitted with a full score in PDF format and a recorded performance or digital audio file.

6. Be sure that your name is NOT listed anywhere on the score or in the audio file.

7. All entries must be received by February 1, 2021. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered.

8. All rights, including copyrighting, remain with the composer.

9. Compositions submitted must not be published and must have not won any other competitions.

10. The panel of judges may include qualified university composition faculty, university music education faculty and/or music educators. Their decisions will be final, with the right to withhold the award in the event that no entry is judged to be worthy of winning.

11. Each student is limited to one entry in this level (students may also submit a different entry in the PMEA Open Track, should they wish to do so).

12. The top compositions may be featured during the 2021 PMEA Virtual Conference. Should your composition be selected, the recording submitted will be used for the virtual conference session.

Evaluation criteria:

  • Creative use of the elements of music
  • Appropriate use of voice and/or instruments (range, texture, tone color, text if applicable)
  • Compositional technique and development
  • Presentation (correct musical notation)

Results:

The top composition(s) will be recognized and MAY have their pieces featured during the 2021 PMEA Virtual Conference. All applicants will receive feedback on their compositions.

Entry Fee: $10

Deadline: February 1, 2021.

Entry: All entries will be completed online. 

Questions:  Please email: compositions@pmea.net

 PMEA is pleased to once again sponsor a composition program for PMEA members and their students in conjunction with the 2021 PMEA Virtual Conference, April 14-17.

 The PMEA Member, Compositions for Elementary & Middle School Ensembles is open to PMEA members who teach at the elementary and/or middle/junior high school level. Compose an original composition for a standard elementary or middle school instrumental or choral ensemble (with or without piano accompaniment – with original or borrowed text (credit must be given)).

Program Rules and Procedures:

1. Composer must be a current PMEA Member and unpublished.

2. Entries must be unpublished original compositions. No transcriptions or arrangements will be eligible.

3. Compositions should be between two and five minutes in length.

4. The purpose of the program is to encourage and promote composition. Therefore, the composition must be conceived and constructed solely by the composer.

5. Compositions must be submitted with a full score in PDF format and a recorded performance or digital audio file.

6. Be sure that your name is NOT listed anywhere on the score or in the audio file.

7. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m., February 1, 2021.  Entries received after the deadline will not be considered.

8. All rights, including copyrighting, remain with the composer.

9. Compositions submitted must not be published and must have not won any other competitions.

10. The panel of judges may include qualified university composition faculty, university music education faculty and/or music educators. Their decisions will be final, with the right to withhold the award in the event that no entry is judged to be worthy of winning.

11. Each member is limited to one entry in this level (members may also submit a different entry in the PMEA Open Track, should they wish to do so).

12. The top compositions may be featured during the 2021 PMEA Virtual Conference. Should your composition be selected, the recording submitted will be used for the virtual conference session.

Evaluation criteria:

  • Creative use of the elements of music
  • Appropriate use of voice and/or instruments (range/playability, texture, tone color, text if applicable)
  • Compositional technique and development
  • Presentation (correct musical notation)

Results:

The top composition(s) will be recognized and MAY have their pieces featured during the 2021 PMEA Virtual Conference. All applicants will receive feedback on their compositions.

Entry Fee: $10

Deadline:  February 1, 2021.

Entry: All entries will be completed online.

Questions: Please email: compositions@pmea.net
 

 PMEA is pleased to once again sponsor a composition program for PMEA members and their students in conjunction with the 2021 PMEA Virtual Conference, April 14-17.

 The PMEA member level is open to all members who are unpublished composers. Compose an original composition for a large ensemble, either concert band or full symphonic orchestra or percussion ensemble (10 or more parts), full jazz ensemble, or a minimum four-part SATB (Divisi if applicable) with or without piano accompaniment (with original text or borrowed text (credit must be given).


Program Rules and Procedures:

1. Composer must be a current PMEA Member and unpublished.

2. Entries must be unpublished original compositions. No transcriptions or arrangements will be eligible.

3. Compositions should be between six and eight minutes in length.

4. The purpose of the program is to encourage and promote composition. Therefore, the composition must be conceived and constructed solely by the composer.

5. Compositions must be submitted with a full score in PDF format and a recorded performance or digital audio file.

6. Be sure that your name is NOT listed anywhere on the score or in the audio file.

7. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. February 1, 2021.  Entries received after the deadline will not be considered.

8. All rights, including copyrighting, remain with the composer.

9. Compositions submitted must not be published and must have not won any other competitions.

10. The panel of judges may include qualified university composition faculty, university music education faculty and music educators. Their decisions will be final, with the right to withhold the award in the event that no entry is judged to be worthy of winning.

11. Each member is limited to one entry in this level (students may also submit a different entry in the PMEA Open Track, should they wish to do so).

12. The top compositions may be featured during the 2021 PMEA Virtual Conference. Should your composition be selected, the recording submitted will be used for the virtual conference session.

Evaluation criteria:

  • Creative use of the elements of music
  • Appropriate use of voice and/or instruments (range/playability, texture, tone color, text if applicable)
  • Compositional technique and development
  • Presentation (correct musical notation)

Results:

The top composition(s) will be recognized and MAY have their pieces featured during the 2021 PMEA Virtual Conference. All applicants will receive feedback on their compositions.

Entry Fee: $10

Deadline:  February 1, 2021

Entry: All entries will be completed online.

Questions: Please email: compositions@pmea.net
 

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