Young Composers of Michigan

What is Young Composers of Michigan?
The MMEA Young Composers of Michigan 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 Young Composers of Michigan 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 Young Composers of Michigan Concert by the posted deadline.        

 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

Applicants selected for the Young Composers of Michigan Concert will be notified by email on or before December 1. The primary email address listed on application will be contacted. Materials will not be returned.

Congratulations to our 2020 Honors Composition winners!

Maddie Bennett – Acting Insane
Jonah Cohen – Images from an Original Theme
Will Collin – Close Encounter
Sam Critchley – Flying Squirrels
Gwendellyn Doerfler – A Summer Day’s Night
Leah Dunn – Hotel
Zach Franklin – Octopi Rag
Ted Garneau – Auburn Coals
Sean Gleason – Horn Sonata (scherzo)
Miles Goedert – Sketches
Adam R Lenhart – The Message
Breezy Love – Think Too Much
Joseph Miller – Ode to a Clump of Fur
Matthew Osterholzer – Loose Screws
G. Sander Owens – Toccata Moderna
Ian Plansker – L’aigle Chaconne
Eric Rucker – Piano Concerto No. 2
Richard Shao – Peaceful Views
Teddy Tolbert & Tyler Mutinda – Truth to Power
Aaron Wang – 5 Vignettes 
Jason Zhang – Sentimientos

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 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!


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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