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All active TMEA college student members are invited to enter the TMEA Composition Contest for College Students. Applicants (either undergraduate or graduate) must be full- or part-time students during the fall semester, must be a music major, and must hold an active College Student membership in TMEA (or Active membership if a graduate student and teaching).  If you are not currently an Active TMEA member, join or renew your existing membership now . . .

Specifications: Compositions should be appropriate in subject and length for developing school performing ensembles. Compositions should reflect a difficulty level commensurate with PML grades 1–3. Composers will be responsible for identifying the ensemble type and grade level (in PML terms) for their piece.

Delivery instructions: Submissions must include a PDF of the full score and either an audio or video file or a link to a recording of a performance of the piece. All compositions must be sent via email and received by TMEA no later than December 1.

Email the file(s) to Robert Floyd and Karen Cross at rfloyd@tmea.org and kcross@tmea.org. 

Judging: Compositions will be judged by a panel consisting of university composition faculty and school music teachers representing each major ensemble area (band, choir, orchestra).

Compositions will be judged on the overall quality and musicality of the work, as well as the appropriateness of the piece for its prescribed audience (difficulty, range, voicing, etc.). 

Awards: Prizes will be awarded $500 for “best in show” and $300 for “best in class” for each division represented. An audio or video file of the “best in show” composition will be played at the College Division meeting at the annual TMEA Convention/Clinic, and enlarged copies of all winning scores will be displayed as a part of the Research Poster Session.