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Orchestra Composition Competition



Thank you to all who submitted!


Prize: $1,000


Submission Deadline: April 1, 2018



Grade Level:

Grade 3 (see Difficulty Level Criteria), scored for String Orchestra (must include violin, viola, cello, bass). 

Length of Piece:

Single or multi-movement work, 3 to 6 minutes


Application Components:

copyright & Royalties Information:

  • If your entry is selected as the winner, it will be performed and recorded at the Illinois Music Education Conference
  • ILMEA reserves the right to use the winning composition for publicity and/or marketing. This use may include an audio file of the composition and the distribution of the composition for a period of 1 year.
  • The following dedication must be included upon publication: "Winner of the 2019 Illinois Music Education Association Orchestra Composition Competition"
  • Upon publication, all royalties will be remain the sole property of the composer.


In the preliminary round all entries will be screened through score analysis and audio recording by a panel of judges. Only the winner’s name will be announced. If the judging panel concludes that none of the submitted compositions meet the specified criteria or quality expectations, ILMEA reserves the right to decline the award of a winning prize.

Winning composition must include the following dedication upon publication: “Winner of the 2019 Illinois Music Education Association Orchestra Composition Competition”

Failure to adhere to the specifications and guidelines may result in disqualification from the competition.

Premiere performance:

We anticipate that the winning composition will be performed at the annual Illinois Music Education Conference held January 2019 in Peoria, Illinois.

Click here for Contest Entry Form 

This document is the Difficulty Level Criteria.

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