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Orchestra Composition Competition

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:


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: “Winning Composition of the 2019 Illinois Music Education Association Orchestra Composition 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.

application will be available beginning november 1


This document is the Difficulty Level Criteria.

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