Alabama Music Teachers Association
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AMTA Composition Competition

AMTA State Composition Competition

Alabama Music Teachers Association State Composition Competition Eligibility:

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, 2020 Junior: Age: 11–14 as of January 1, 2020 Senior: Age: 15–18 as of January 1, 2020 Young Artist: Age: 19–26 as of January 1, 2020

Awards:

Competition Rules:

Fee:

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

Materials must be received by Friday, April 3, and should be sent to the Composition Competition Coordinator:

Dr. Brittney Patterson, Station 6670, Davis Hall, Montevallo, AL 35115; bpatter5@montevallo.edu

Click this link for a pdf of these guidelines.

2020 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

Alabama Music Teachers Association State Commission Award 2020

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

Eligibility:

Composers who currently reside in Alabama. Composers who have received an AMTA commission in the past five years are not eligible.

Entry Fee:

None

Award:

The commission award is $1000.

Submission Requirements

To be considered for the commission, composers must submit the following:

Commission Requirements:  

The commissioned work will be submitted by AMTA to MTNA in the Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year Award competition. The composer must supply AMTA with copies of the final score, and a live recording of the work for this submission. If the work wins the SDCY award, the composer will be responsible for providing the performer(s) for the presentation of the piece at the MTNA national conference (composers will receive an additional award for winning the SDCY).   

All participants will be notified by the end of January 2020.


The deadline for receipt of proposals is December 2, 2019, and must be sent to the Composition Commissioning Chair:

Dr. Brittney Patterson, Station 6670, Davis Hall, Montevallo, AL 35115; bpatter5@montevallo.edu

Composition Commission Application

MTNA Composition Competition

Alabama Music Teachers Association MTNA Composition Competition

MTNA active membership dues must be paid before submission of the application. A $150 nonmember teacher fee will be assessed if entrant's teacher has not paid active membership dues for the 2019–2020 membership year

Application deadline is Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time . There will be no exceptions.

Eligibility: 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 Competitions

Elementary:

Junior:

Senior:

Young Artist:

Awards:

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

General Guidelines

Entrants and teachers must meet the Entrant and Teacher Requirements. All submissions must follow the Composition Competition Rules listed below.

Competition Timeline

Competition Rules

Submission Requirements

Score Requirements

Performance Requirements

      1. The first-place ranking will be retained, but cash awards for entrant will be forfeited and
      2. The second-place winner will have the opportunity to perform.
        • If the second-place winner accepts this opportunity, the entrant will receive the first-place cash award in lieu of the second-place cash award.

Competition Agreement

Materials must be received by Wednesday, September 11.

Email materials to the Composition Competition Coordinator:

Dr. Brittney Patterson: bpatter5@montevallo.edu