The Composers Today program fosters creativity through composition by both students and teachers. The Composers Today program invites students to develop musicianship skills, have access to professional feedback, and a chance to perform their musical creation. There are three tracks in Composers Today; CT Evaluations, CT State Contest and Young Composers Guild (YCG).
This program is open to all MTAC Teacher Members. MTAC Teachers must be in good standing through paying MTAC membership dues by the annual State deadline of October 15.
Application fees are non-refundable.
EVALUATIONS (non-competitive) | Composers of all ages (including students and teachers) submit a recording and manuscript of their original composition to be evaluated and rated for 20 individual aspects of composition in creativity, construction, and notation.
Symposium | CT Evaluations participants who receive an average numerical score of 5- or higher from the two evaluators can apply to perform in MTAC State Convention CT Symposium Recitals. Symposium participants must pay the Convention application fee.
STATE CONTEST (competitive) | Composers of all ages (including students, amateur adults, and teachers) submit a recording and manuscript of their original composition for competitive adjudication. Composers will be evaluated and rated for 20 individual aspects of composition in creativity, construction, and notation. Winners who are awarded first, second, and third place will be invited to present a performance/screening of their winning composition/film score at the MTAC State Convention Winners Recital, where they will also be presented with awards.
YOUNG COMPOSERS GUILD (YCG) | YCG is the highest achievement that a Composers Today composition student in high school (grades 10–12) can attain. 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 Young Composers Guild, click here.
For more information about the program, contact the MTAC State Office.
If you are interested in becoming an evaluator for the Composers Today evaluations, click here.