Jazz Trombones

Composition Contest


Click here for 2018-2019 Submission and Entry Guidelines


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 and senior high students throughout Illinois submit their compositions in the following categories:

Junior High Categories

Senior High Categories

All composition contest entries will take place through RNS. Teachers will have the opportunity on the entry form to nominate eligible students in grades 10-12 for the Composition Track experience at IMEC.


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 session topics include: Writing Effective Melodies, Collaborative Songwriting, Workshopping Compositions, Introduction to Harmony and Counterpoint, Score Preparation, and College & Career Roundtable.

When submitting entries in RNS, teachers should indicate if eligible students are interested in attending the Composition Track at IMEC 2018. Once the list of honorees is determined, information (and applications, if the numbers are greater than 20) will be sent to interested students.

Any questions regarding the Composition Contest can be directed to Gina Wych at jsgm@ilmea.org

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