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  PMEA is pleased to once again sponsor a composition program for PMEA members and their students in conjunction with the 2022 PMEA Annual In-service Conference, April 6-9 at the Kalahari Resort & Conference Center in the Poconos.

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 Entries must be unpublished original compositions.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. January 5, 2022. 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 Compositions submitted must not be published and must have not won any other competitions.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 2022 PMEA Annual In-service 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 2022 PMEA Annual In-service 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 2022 PMEA Annual In-service Conference, April 6 – 9 at the Kalahari Resort & Conference Center in the Poconos.

 The middle school level is open to individual students of PMEA members in grades 6-8. An original composition for piano and a solo instrument or piano and a solo voice.  *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., January 5, 2022. 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 2022 PMEA Annual 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 2022 PMEA Annual In-service Conference. All applicants will receive feedback on their compositions.


Entry Fee: $10

Deadline: 11:59 p.m., January 5, 2022

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 2022 PMEA Annual In-service Conference, April 6 – 9 at the Kalahari Resort & Conference Center in the Poconos.

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. January 5, 2022. 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 2022 PMEA Annual In-service 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 2022 PMEA Annual In-service Conference. All applicants will receive feedback on their compositions.

Entry Fee: $10
Deadline:  January 5, 2022
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 2022 PMEA Annual In-service Conference, April 6 – 9 at the Kalahari Resort & Conference Center in the Poconos.

 
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 11:59 p.m., January 5, 2022. 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 2022 PMEA Annual In-service 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 2022 PMEA Annual In-service Conference. All applicants will receive feedback on their compositions.

Entry Fee: $10

Deadline: January 5, 2022

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 2022 PMEA Annual In-service Conference, April 6 – 9 at the Kalahari Resort & Conference Center in the Poconos.

Purpose: The purpose of this program is to promote and encourage adult composition for the elementary and middle/junior high school teacher. This program is to allow members to submit a piece they have composed for their own elementary/middle/junior high ensemble.

Eligibility: 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. 

Requirements: 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., January 5, 2022.  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 2022 PMEA Annual In-service 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 2022 PMEA Annual In-service Conference. All applicants will receive feedback on their compositions.

Entry Fee: $10

Deadline:  January 5, 2022

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 2022 PMEA Annual In-service Conference, April 6 – 9 at the Kalahari Resort & Conference Center in the Poconos.

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. January 5, 2022.  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 (composers 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 2022 PMEA Annual In-service 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 2022 PMEA Annual In-service Conference. All applicants will receive feedback on their compositions.


Entry Fee: $10
Deadline:  January 5, 2022
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 2022 PMEA Annual In-service Conference, April 6 – 9 at the Kalahari Resort & Conference Center in the Poconos.  

*Please note that this category is separate from the traditional format with minimum submission requirements categorized by level. Pieces must be unpublished and created by the PMEA member and/or their students.

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. January 5, 2022. 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

2022 PMEA Annual In-service Conference, April 6 – 9 at the Kalahari Resort & Conference Center in the Poconos

PMEA Innovations Stage


The PMEA Innovations Stage is an opportunity for PMEA members to share experiences they are providing students at the elementary, middle, high school and collegiate levels outside of the traditional PMEA Conference performance track. We’re looking for teachers to showcase innovative opportunities that engage students in meaningful music making experiences in the classroom and ensemble settings from across Pennsylvania, spanning our rural, suburban and urban areas.

Looking for ensembles that:

  • Are inclusive of a diverse group of students that represent the school community
  • Incorporates non-traditional instrumentation and/or unique instrument/vocal groupings
  • Incorporates technology, however it’s not required
  • Involves innovative or diverse styles of music (i.e. ethnic, world, modern, etc.)


Ensemble size is limited to no more than 20 students; Selected groups will be given one, 20-minute concert outside of the exhibit hall.

Window of Opportunity to Submit – Monday, November 15, 2021 - Wednesday, January 5, 2022

1. All Teachers submitting an application MUST BE CURRENT MEMBERS OF PMEA.

2. All groups wanting to appear on the Innovations Stage of the 2022 PMEA Annual Conference must complete the following application during the submission window (Nov 15 - Jan 5). *Please note that a Submittable account (no cost) is required in order to submit an application. (Information on creating an account can be found below these instructions.)

3. All applicants are asked to submit one or two unedited, live video submissions of the ensemble for a total time of no more than 10 minutes. The submission(s) should highlight the essence of the ensemble. Please do not include any identifying factors in the video or file name. (An excerpt of a piece (or fading out of a piece) is acceptable to fit the allotted time limit of 10 min. total.)

    i. Unedited shall mean NO studio enhancements, edits, or alterations of any type.

   ii. Live video submission shall mean a complete performance of a selected work, whether in a rehearsal room or concert venue, with or without an audience.

4. Each application for performance must be verified by an administrator (principal or superintendent) certifying it is the intent of the group to appear on the conference program, if invited.

5. Directors of the selected groups:

    A. must be current members of PMEA in good standing

    B. must be the director of the group on the audition recording.

    C. who are submitting multiple ensembles for consideration, should more than one ensemble be selected, must choose only one ensemble to perform at the conference.

6. Groups appearing on the Innovations Stage must be the same ensemble represented on the submission video.

7. The director of the group on the application must remain the director if the ensemble is selected.

8. All groups are reviewed on a strictly anonymous and impartial basis by panels of music educators who serve as adjudicators. No evaluations from the adjudicators will be provided for the auditioning groups.

9. Invitations to appear at the 2022 PMEA In-service Conference will be issued in early February.


Deadline: Wednesday, January 5, 2022

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