2017 Composition Contest Rules and Entry Form are now available!
ILMEA Composition Contest
One of the marquee events of the Illinois Music Education Conference is the Composition Contest Concert which highlights the best of student composition in the state of Illinois. Junior high and senior high students throughout Illinois submit their compositions in the following categories:
Junior High Categories
- Computer-Based Composition
- Instrumental Solo
- Small Ensemble
Senior High Categories
- Instrumental (solo to chamber ensemble)
- Instrumental (large ensemble)
- Jazz Instrumental/Jazz Vocal
- Jazz Improvisation
- Keyboard Solo
- Vocal Solo
- Vocal Ensemble
ILMEA Composition Track
The All-State Composition Track allows exceptional student composers to work with active composers and artists, and collaborate with other composers at the Illinois Music Education Conference in Peoria. This program also allows them to network with publishers, colleges/universities, and performing musicians from Illinois and across the country.
The Composition Track is open to 10th-12th grade honorees in the annual ILMEA Composition Contest (1st, 2nd, 3rd, Honorable Mention). Past topics include: Writing Effective Melodies, Collaborative Songwriting, Workshopping Compositions, Introduction to Harmony and Counterpoint, Score Preparation, College & Career Roundtable
On the Composition Contest entry form, students will indicate if they are interested in attending the Composition Track at IMEC 2017. Once the list of honorees is determined, information (and applications, if the numbers are greater than 20) will be sent to the interested students.