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Composers Today is an annual MTAC-sponsored program that encourages creativity through composition and improvisation. Through statewide projects and events and the six levels of curriculum, students are able to develop total musicianship skills, have access to professional feedback, and be awarded for their musical creations.


Composers Today offers four annual projects, each with its own performance event.

  1. EVALUATIONS | Composers of all ages, including students and teachers, submit a recording and manuscript of their original composition, and receive written constructive comments and ratings from two professional evaluators. Based on ratings of the submitted recordings, compositions are selected for performance at one of several Symposium Recitals at the annual State Convention.
  2. STATE CONTEST | Participants compete in eight divisions in Composition or Film Scoring. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Composition winners and 1st place Film Scoring winners each perform their composition—or have someone perform for them—at State Convention where they receive certificates and trophies.
  3. YOUNG COMPOSERS GUILD (YCG) Students who have won first, second or third prize in the Composers Today State Contest at least once during their high school years may apply for Guild membership. The Guild is for serious young composers who plan to pursue music composition as a career. For more information on the Guild, click here.
  4. SENIOR MEDALLION Students who have entered three different compositions during their high school years, and who have performed at a Composers Today recital at State Convention, are awarded a coveted Senior Medallion.

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Deadlines for 2017 – 2018


Pre-CM (category 0) to Advanced (category 4), and Teacher Composers (categories 5–6)
Online registration is December 1 – January 15 and is accessed through your Teacher Home Page. (Teachers: Scores can be submitted as a pdf or doc file. Recordings in mp3 or wav format are accepted.) Registration fees are non-refundable.


Composers of all ages, including students and teachers, who have submitted an original composition at Evaluations and received a rating of 4 or 5, may apply. Online applications are available from the Teacher Home Page.


Registration is online only and is accessed through your Teacher Home Page.

Registration fees are non-refundable.


Students must be in grades 10–12 or higher, and must have won first, second or third prize in the Composers Today State Contest during their high school years. High school students must be studying with an active MTAC teacher. College students must have studied during their high school years with an active MTAC teacher who will serve as the sponsoring teacher. Send applications directly to the YCG Chair, Dr. Ron Anderson. Registration fees are non-refundable.

2017-2018 Composers Today Council

State Chair, Deborah H. How, Ph.D.,
Evaluations CoordinatorAna L. Contreras,
Symposium Coordinator, Liz Lucus,
State Contest Coordinator, Su-Shing Chiu,
Young Composers Guild Coordinator, Dr. Ron Anderson,