March 2, 2020

$17.00 per entrant.  All fees are nonrefundable.

1. Fill out the application  application 2020
2. Submit four clear photocopies of each manuscript.  On the manuscript, write the title of the piece, the composer’s age, and number of years of study.  The composer’s name must not appear on the manuscript.
3. Include two CDs of the composition.  Label each CD with the name of the composition (one composition per CD).  Composer’s name must not be on CDs.  Important:  Select CD’s that are designated for Music. Example:  Memorex Music CD-R.  Alternatively, teachers may submit a digital file of the music to [email protected], clearly labeled with the same information.
4.  Fill out 2 rating sheets.

Mail application, manuscripts, CDs (or electronically submitted digital files), rating sheets, and one check per studio, payable to NVMTA, to:

Libby McConnell
1220 Bishopsgate Way
Reston, VA 20194

Libby McConnell and Sheila Epstein

This competition is intended to encourage the writing of original creative compositions.  It is in memory of Alma Grayce Miller, a former NVMTA member who left funds for this purpose.

Participants must study with an active member teacher of NVMTA or pay the non-member fee (as defined in the bylaws).  Compositions must be in student’s own handwriting or in the form of a computer printout personally produced by the composer.

There is no restriction on the selection of instruments.  However, if the composition includes the composer’s instrument, the composer must be one of the performers on the CD submitted.  There are neither age or grade requirements nor requirements concerning form, style, or length of composition.

Participating teachers must contribute time toward the success of this competition.  Teachers should expect to work two hours as well as attend the recital.  Duties will be divided among all participating teachers at the discretion of the coordinator.  Teachers who fail to carry out assigned duties may not enter students in the event in the following year.

McLean Symphony Concert:  The conductor of the McLean Symphony, Dingwall Fleary, will select compositions to be orchestrated and performed on their 2020 youth concert.  The 2019 youth concert will feature previous years’ composition competition Symphony winners.  See for more information.

The Jo Lombard Award ($150) will be given by competition judges to one overall outstanding composition. Second ($75) and third place ($50) awards may be awarded by judges at their discretion.

The Frances Hollans Award  ($25) will be given annually to a student, age 12 or under participating in the Original Composition Competition.  The student will be chosen by the judges for the competition for “most creative” in that age category.  The award will be presented at the annual Original Composition Competition Honor’s Recital.

The Willis-Bennett Technology Award ($150) will be awarded to a high school student able to manage the technological work of the competition by creating master CDs for judges and duplicate CDs for participants, all within the time constraints of this event.  Teachers may nominate qualified students for this award until February 1.

Honors Recital:  Entrants awarded honors by the judges will play their compositions at the Composition Competition Honors Recital on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 7 pm at the Woman’s Club of Arlington.

Each student will receive judges’ comments, certificate of participation, and a CD of all compositions, which may be picked up, along with CDs and manuscripts, at the Honors Recital or at the April and May NVMTA meetings.