Commissioned Composer Program
WSMTA participates annually in the MTNA Composer Commissioning Program. WSMTA commissions a Northwest composer to write a composition to be premiered at the State Conference in June. MTNA provides $750 and WSMTA provides $750 for a total of $1,500. The composer may then submit their composition for consideration to the MTNA Distinguished Composer Committee the following fall. This committee selects one composer to be honored, whose composition is then premiered at the MTNA national conference. All compositions are placed in the MTNA Commissioned Works Library.
Every composer involved to date has shown excitement and enthusiasm for this project, often stating that it gives them an incentive to accomplish something they might not have done otherwise. The composers are often asked to provide an intermediate-level composition for students to learn.
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