Commissioned Compositions

The Michigan Music Teachers Association sponsors a commissioned composition each year to be presented at the annual state conference. The current commission, in collaboration with MTNA, is $1500. The composition is then submitted for consideration for the MTNA-Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year Award. The composer selected by the national panel is awarded $5000 following the performance of the new work at the national conference. MMTA will also award $250 for the composition selected as first runner-up.

MMTA requires the commissioned composition to be 10-15 minutes in length and to be written for no more than six instruments or voices. It is the responsibility of the composer to attend the State Conference, provide performers for the presentation of the work, and arrange for the recording of the composition and its submission to the national office for further consideration.
We encourage composers from Michigan to apply: please see restrictions below. No funds are provided for travel, hotel, performer or recording expenses.

How to Apply

If you would like to be considered for the commission, you can submit your entry either physically or electronically:
A. Send your composition (physical score) and a CD recording to Silvia Roederer; 2631 Parkwyn Drive; Kalamazoo, MI 49008, postmarked by December 31, 2017.
B. Send your entry electronically as an attachment to by December 31, 2017. The score must be a pdf file and the recording must be an mp3 file.
Entries will be evaluated and all entrants notified as soon as a winner and runner-up have been selected.

Additional Requirements:

 Composer must be an American citizen
 Composer must be a legal resident of Michigan, or be a student or teach at a Michigan school
 Composer must be at least 18 years of age
 Composer may not have been previously commissioned by MMTA for this event
 Send only ONE composition to be judged
 Composition must be written within the last 2 years
 Submitted pieces must be no longer than 15 minutes
 NO identification of composer’s name or institutional affiliation is allowed on scores or recordings to ensure anonymous adjudication.
 For physical entries, Include your contact information, including e-mail and street addresses on a separate sheet. For electronic entries, include your name and street address in the body of your email submission (not the attachment), and use “2018 MMTA Commissioned Composer” as the subject line.
 In addition to title and instrumentation, please include the (time) length of the composition on your scores.

For More Information

Contact Silvia Roederer, Commissioned Composer Chair
2631 Parkwyn Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Phone: 269-344-8620

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Commissioned Composer Chair