Honors Composition

What is the MMEA Honors Composition Concert?
The MMEA Honors Composition Concert is an outstanding event that provides an opportunity for students to compose and perform original music. It also provides a forum for the development of students as composers and performers. Composers, kindergarten through 12th grade, submit original compositions and selected compositions will be performed at the prestigious Honors Composition Concert at the annual Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids. Composers can perform their piece on their own or in a small ensemble, conduct a large ensemble performing their work or solicit musicians to perform the composition.  All winners are responsible for obtaining their own performers.

How to apply:
Submit your student(s)’ original music composition(s) for selection in the MMEA Honors Composition Concert on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.        

 Each entry must include 6 items:

  1. The online application form
  2. A recording of piece – via email with mp3 recording attached
    *If accepted, performance may be no longer than 5 minutes.  You may perform a portion of your piece if your piece exceeds this time frame. 
  3. Notation in any form (required grades 7-12, optional kindergarten-6th) – via email
  4. MMEA Student Release Form – via email
  5. Biography about the composer (no more than 100 words)
  6. Description of the piece (no more than 100 words)

Email all forms, recordings or questions to mmeahonorscomposition@gmail.com

**Please note that there is NO application fee this year**

Applicants selected for the Michigan Honors Composition Concert will be notified by email on or before December 1, 2019. The primary email address listed on application will be contacted. Materials will not be returned.

 
This event has now closed
 
 
Entries must be received by Friday, November 8, 2019
 

The Michigan Music Education Association (MMEA) thanks you and your students for participating in our events.  As part of all our activities pictures and videos are taken.  MMEA later uses these photographs and videos in all aspects of our online and print media.  Please contact us at executive@mmeamichigan.org if you know of a student who does not wish to appear in photos or videos so we can take steps to maintain their privacy.  Thank you!

 

2019 HONORS COMPOSITION WINNERS

  • Andrew Wassell – 4 Summer Scenes
  • Evan Gedert – Sands of Eternity
  • G. Sander Owens – Ruminations on 574766
  • Ian Plansker – Rondo for Piano and Orchestra
  • Jack Reeves – O Fortuna
  • Jonah Cohen – Waltz of the Forgotten
  • Joseph Miller – Variations on a Portuguese Folk Dance
  • Kinley Kiefer – I Could Sing to You
  • Lillia McCurdy – Saoirse
  • Maura Drinkert – Change on the Horizon
  • Miles Goedert – Two Pieces for Cello and Piano
  • Sean Gleason – Trombone Duet
  • Shuto Nakagawa – Cosmos
  • Weston Welch – Passages
  • William Collin – Autumn Trio

2018 HONORS COMPOSITION WINNERS

  • Nicholas Bhandari – Beginning, End, and All in Between
  • Tom Bowerman – Beginning, End, ad All in Between
  • Maura Drinkert – The Ticking Clock
  • Alex Ge – Harmonies of the Mystic Forest
  • Miles Goedert – The Lost Muse
  • Noah Mallett – The Peevish Little Parakeet
  • Larissa Michel – Elegie
  • Joseph Miller – Night Time Thoughts
  • Ancel Neeley – Through Silver Moonlight
  • Ian Plankster – Clavicembalo Sonata in G
  • Jack Reeves – In The Water/The Fall
  • Matthew Tan – Composition Project for Tamir
  • Weston Welch – Distant Hope
  • Jacob Zufall – Turbulence

2017 HONORS COMPOSITION WINNERS

  • Charles Berofsky – Cascade
  • Carly Bins – One Shot of Courage
  • Lucy Freeman – Blizzard
  • Miles Goedert – Soliloquy
  • Andrew Gretzinger – Elegie Appassionato
  • Vaughn Haynes – Dance the Night Away
  • Noah Mallett – Scherzo
  • Liam McElroy – Autumn Sky
  • Joseph Miller – Prelude in Bb Minor
  • Sara Morden – Beyond the Elements
  • Ancel Neeley – Askew
  • Ian Plankster – Sonata for Two
  • Clayton Riegger – Violincello Sonata in la Minore: Allegro
  • Nikolas Simon – Recitative and Allegro Inspired by Sarasate
  • Kendall Trinka – Hostage
  • William VanZytyeld – Classical Musings
  • Andrew Wassell – New England
  • Weston Welch – Winter’s Night
  • Nick Wood – The Passion of Jesus Christ