MADSM Composition Competition

The Missouri Association of Schools and Departments of Music (MADSM) is co-sponsoring with the Mizzou New Music Ensemble a competition for original chamber compositions for high school-level musicians. This initiative is to encourage the creation of new music for small ensemble to be performed at the high school level and above, loosely adhering to the American Band College Music Grades 4-5 guidelines as described here.

Winning composers will be invited to the University of Missouri, where their winning pieces will be workshopped and recorded by the Mizzou New Music Ensemble on Sunday, November 17th. The ensemble will then premiere the works at the Missouri Music Educators Conference in January 2020, with the goal of attracting future opportunities on concert programs around the state.

Composers can submit in one of two categories:

  • Undergraduate students currently enrolled in any MADSM member institutions. 
  • Graduate students currently enrolled in any MADSM member institutions. 

Winning composers must be able to attend both performances of their work.

Works must be 5-7 minutes in length, and written for 3-5 players consisting of:

  • Flute (including C flute, alto flute, and/or bass flute)
  • Clarinet in B-flat (including bass clarinet)
  • Piano
  • Violin
  • Violoncello
  • Percussion:
    • Kick bass drum with pedal
    • Snare drum (sticks or brushes)
    • Medium Suspended cymbal
    • Small Accessories found in an average high school:  triangle, tambourine, wood block, cowbell, wind chimes

Works must be written to be performed at the high school level and above, loosely adhering to the American Band College Music Grades 4-5 guidelines as described here.

Scores and recordings should be submitted via Qualtrics by Friday, October 4, 2019. The winners will be announced by mid-October, 2019. Winning composers will be invited to attend any rehearsals of the piece and the workshop/recording session at their own expense. The composers are expected to attend the premiere at the MMEA conference if at all possible.

Follow the Online Application Guidelines: 

  • Upload one score of an original work with instrumentation selected from the above instrumentation
  • Upload a MIDI recording of the submitted composition. 
  • The piece should be 5-7 minutes in length.
  • Upload a short bio (500 words max)
  • A signed note from your composition teacher or Department Chair stating that you are currently enrolled as a full-time student at your institution (this may be scanned)   

2019-20 MADSM Application Form

Click here for 2019-20 MADSM Application Form

Applications due by October 4, 2019