Student Composition Contest

Submission Deadline: November 1, 2024
Contest Chair: Kathy Briggs

The purpose of an OMEA State Composition Contest is to promote music literacy, music theory, and music composition for students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

Compositions may be written in any style or genre and for any solo or combination of instruments or voices (instrumental, choral/vocal, or electronic).

Minimum length of composition:

  • Elementary Composers (grades K-5): 1 minute
  • Middle School Composers (grades 6-8): 2 minutes
  • High School Composers (grade 9-12): 3 minutes

Student compositions must be submitted electronically by an OMEA member teacher on behalf of the student. Teachers must have a Google account to complete the form and upload the compositions. Compositions must be in the following formats:

[REQUIRED] A PDF file of the music written in traditional music notation. Music my be neatly handwritten on staff paper, then photocopied/scanned/photographed and converted to a PDF. Music may be written using a computer music writing program (Sibelius, Finale, etc.) and converted to a PDF.

[Optional, but highly encouraged] A live recording (mp3 file) or an electronic/midi/computer generated performance (mp3 file).

Application fee – none.

Deadline for submissions November 1, 2024.

Winners in each grade category will be notified mid-December.

Compositions will be assessed based on the rubric found on the OMEA website and ranked by three (3) individual judges. Rankings will be compiled to determine the winners in each category.

Winners and their teachers will be recognized online (OMEA website) and at the OMEA State conference in January.  Winners will receive a trophy in recognition of their achievement.

Questions about the OMEA Student Composition Contest?  Contact contest chair, Kathy Briggs at

2025 Composers’ Symposium (High School Only)

Up to ten (10) high school OMEA Composition Contest Finalists will be selected to participate in the Composer’s Symposium sponsored by the Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival at Newport in April.  Selected students will receive individual instruction (in-person & via Skype/Zoom) from December through April from a professional composer at OSU.  Each student participating in the Symposium will receive a $250 scholarship from the Festival and have all expenses paid (motel, food, etc.) during the Symposium.  More information about the OCYS Festival and Composers’ Symposium is available by contacting Dr. Michael Dalton at .

Questions about the OMEA Student Composition Contest?  Contact contest chair, Kathy Briggs at