Young Composers Project

The Young Composers Project gives students of WSMTA members the opportunity to submit their compositions for judging and comments by qualified adjudicators.  This year, for the first time, WSMTA member teachers will also have the opportunity to submit their own compositions for comments from the adjudicators.

These adjudicators are college professors and/or private teachers whose area of expertise is composition.  The project provides educational feedback, a goal-setting format, and a focus on music that students love – their own compositions.  Adjudicators select a first, second and third place composition for each grade level giving written comments.  Certificates are awarded to all participants, and a small monetary prize is awarded to each first place winner (see yearly Rules and Guidelines form for details.)  First place winners are invited to perform their compositions at the WSMTA Conference each summer.

While teachers are not eligible for prizes, they will still receive a certificate!

Classifications, Levels, and Entry fee per composition:

Primary                 Grades K-2, one first place award for all three grades,  $25

Elementary           Grades 3-6, each grade is awarded a first place prize,  $25

Junior                     Grades 7-9, each grade is awarded a first place prize,  $30

Senior                    Grades 10-12, each grade is awarded a first place prize,  $35

Collegiate              Students graduated from high school and up to age 26, one first place prize,   $40

2021 -2022 Young Composers Project

WSMTA is excited to announce that Frances Goei and Susan Hurley are the new YCP Co-Chairs.  While they will be updating the YCP guidelines over the next month, the 2020 Guidelines (below) will give you a good idea of what to expect.  If you have any questions, or suggestions for our new YCP chair, please contact Education Board Chair, Krista Seely.

Registration: December 1, 2021 – February 22, 2022

2020 Rules and Guidelines

If you have other questions, please contact Carrie Kahler, WSMTA Administrative Coordinator.