Alabama Music Teachers Association
Affiliated with Music Teachers National Association

Composition Opportunities

AMTA State Composition Competition


Students between the ages of 5 and 26, who live in Alabama, or who study with a teacher who is a member of the Alabama Music Teachers Association, are encouraged to apply.

Composition Competition Categories:

Elementary: Age: 5–10 as of January 1, 2019

Junior: Age: 11–14 as of January 1, 2019

Senior: Age: 15–18 as of January 1, 2019

Young Artist: Age: 19–26 as of January 1, 2019


The winning entry in each category may be performed at the AMTA State Conference, held in June of the following year.


The entry fee is $25 for students of teachers who are AMTA members. Non-members may enter students for an entry fee of $50. 

Competition Rules:


            ◦           Print two (2) copies of the online application: one (1) copy for your records and the second to mail with three (3) bound copies of your score to the composition competition coordinator; do not send original manuscripts.

             ◦           A recording of the score may be sent with the application, but is not required; the recording can be a studio session, a live performance, or a computer-generated format.

             ◦           All materials must be labeled with the name of the composition, the name of the                           student and the category (Elementary, Junior, Senior, Young Artist). The name of the teacher or any reference to school/institution must not appear on the score.

            ◦           All materials must be submitted in one package. No change may be made to the                            manuscript once it has been submitted with the application.

             ◦           AMTA is not responsible for lost or damaged materials. Submissions, including                            scores, will not be returned. The decisions of competition judges are final.

             ◦           Primary communication is via e-mail. The application must have e-mail addresses for student and teacher.

            ◦           Winners must provide their own musicians for this concert. Only live performances are allowed; audio/video recorded performances will not be permitted.


Materials must be received by Friday, April 5, and should be sent to the Composition Competition Coordinator:

Dr. Brittney Patterson, Station 6670, Davis Hall, Montevallo, AL 35115

Click this link for a pdf of these guidelines.

2019 AMTA State Composition Application Form 

Student Composition Competition

Students between the ages of 5-26 who live in Alabama or who study with a teacher who is a member of AMTA may apply for this annual award.

2019 MTNA Composition Competition Guidelines.pdf

Composer Commissioning

Alabama composers are invited to submit an application to be considered for an Alabama Music Teachers Association and National Music Teachers Association Commission Award.

Composition Commission Application