- Any student from a WSMA-member school currently in grades 5-12 may submit original compositions.
- Students in grades 5-8 will enter the Middle School Division.
- Students in grades 9-12 will enter the High School Division.
- Students may enter as many original compositions as they wish, but can only enter once in each category. (Instrumental Solo, Instrumental Ensemble, Instrumental Jazz, Collaborative Solo, Collaborative Ensemble, Piano Solo, Vocal Solo, Vocal Ensemble, Vocal Jazz)
- A recording of the work must be submitted with the composition unless it is absolutely impossible to record the work. Sequenced recordings are acceptable.
- Each composition must have a title or number.
- Rehearsal numbers must appear at least every 10 measures.
- The student’s name and name of school must NOT appear on the manuscript because the judges evaluate each composer’s skills anonymously.
- All entries must be submitted online by the due date and must include:
- Student Composition Project Registration Form (online)
- Score of original work
- Recording of the work (digital or live)
- Application fee of $26.00 per entry
- Works must be legible, accurate, and preferably use computer notation software.
- Two or more students may submit a combined work under the “Collaborative” category.
- Melody, rhythm, harmony, form, creativity and general effect are the criteria used to evaluate each student composition. The Student Composition Project is meant to encourage the creative use of these elements of music, and should not be used solely to teach music technology skills.
- Compositions will be evaluated by professional Wisconsin composers/educators.
- Students will receive comment forms from the judges.
- The judging team will select First Place, Second Place, Third Place and Honorable Mention, based on merit. Additionally, a First Place winner will be named in each of the two divisions. These students receive engraved plaques at a special awards ceremony held at UW-Whitewater in April. Students, Parents, teachers, administrators, and family members are invited to attend this ceremony.
- The winner in each division (High School and Middle School) will also have their composition performed live by UW-Whitewater students at the awards ceremony and will be given a scholarship to study with a professional composer to further nurture their composition talents.
- A single entry in one category does not guarantee a first place award in that category. Student Composition Project Awards are based solely on merit.
Good luck to all student composers!