February 1, 2022 – April 15, 2022
To encourage the creation of new music by American composers, the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) annually assists its State Associations with a Composer Commissioning Program. Each State commissioned composition is digitally submitted to MTNA for selection of the National Distinguished Composer of the Year, which is presented in concert and receives $5000. The composer retains ownership of the composition.
In conjunction with MTNA, the Washington State Music Teachers Association (WSMTA) is seeking candidates for the 2023 Commissioned Composer of the Year (CCOY) to prepare a new composition according to the requirements below. The selected commissioned composer will receive $2500 when the composition is premiered at the June 2023 WSMTA state conference.
The selected State Commissioned Composer (as well as the selected National Distinguished Composer) will be responsible for financial and logistics regarding performers, rehearsals, and performance of the selected composition at the conference, and also provide copies for archives. To keep composer’s costs to a minimum, it is suggested that the piece be for one or two performers.
The WSMTA 2023 composition requirements:
- For Advanced or Professional level for any instrument or voice
- Composer must reside in Washington State
- Membership in WSMTA or MTNA is not required
- Previously commissioned composers and current employees of WSMTA are ineligible to apply
For further contract responsibilities, rights of a commissioned composer, and other information contact Louise Nedela.
To be considered, please submit the following by April 15, 2022 to Louise Nedela:
- Two of your original compositions that you have in your catalog that you feel will be representative of your compositional ability for this project; format–pdf scores and mp3 recordings; (arrangements not accepted)
- A short bio
- Contact information
- A synopsis of your intended project that adheres to the requirements
The selected composer will subsequently prepare a new composition as stated above.
Please feel free to contact Louise Nedela with any questions: email@example.com, phone: 360-448-8572