To encourage the creation of new music by American composers, the Washington State Music Teachers Association partners with the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) to commission new works. Each year, WSMTA commissions a Washington State composer to write a composition to be premiered at the State Conference in June. Commissioned composers will receive $2,500.
The composer may then submit their composition to the MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year committee the following fall. This committee selects one composer to be honored as the National Distinguished Composer of the Year, whose composition is then performed 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.
If you have questions, please contact Commissioned Composer Committee Chair Louise Nedela.