Student Composer Competition

A music writing competition for all ages to create an original work for solo instrument or any combination of instruments or a voice composition with or without accompaniment. Provincial first place winners in each age division are submitted to the CFMTA National Student Composer Competition. Awards for winners of each category range from $50-$150.


Entries due by April 1, 2018


Click here for the 2018 *PRINTABLE* entry form and list of categories

Click here for the 2018 *ONLINE* entry form and list of categories

Provincial Regulations:

1. Entries must be neat and legible, handwritten in black ink, or computer printouts. Entries may be sent by mail to the address on the application form or uploaded using the online application. Faxed or e-mailed entries cannot be accepted. Please note: The Electroacoustic category is NOT being offered provincially this year.

2. Each entry must be the work of the person named as entrant, or it will be nullified. Manuscripts must be written out by the entrant or computer-generated, except that Preparatory and Category A entries may be copied out by others if needed.

3. The entrant must be of correct age as of June 1, 2018 and be a student of an ARMTA member in good standing.

4. The entrant’s name and address must appear on each composition or its title page. Please write in the measure number at the start of each line; tempo markings, dynamics, and other appropriate editing should be included.

5. An entrant may submit one or more works, and enter both classes of Category A or B if desired, but must keep to a single age category. In each category (and each class of Category A and B) Provincial First, Second, Third and/or Honourable Mention(s) may be given.

6. Entrants moving after April 1st must send written notice to the ARMTA Student Composer Competition/Canada Music Week Convenor.

7. Entries must be received by April 1, 2018. A fully-completed form and the proper Provincial fee must accompany each piece entered.

8. Each Provincial entry will receive a written adjudication. Compositions are returned to the composer, along with a certificate of participation (sometime in June) EXCEPT FOR Provincial First Place entries. They are forwarded on to the CFMTA National competition. The winners will be notified of this. They will receive the adjudication and certificate of participation.

9. Provincial 1st Place winners are entered into the CFMTA National Student Composer Competition. (Deadline: June 1, 2018) The ARMTA Convenor will forward Provincial winning works to CFMTA. ARMTA will pay the National entry fees. At the National level, only First Place Awards are given. All decisions are final. Award cheques must be cashed within thirty days of receipt.

10. ARMTA and CFMTA reserve the right to display or otherwise use a winning work for publicity purposes. All other rights remain with the entrant.

NOTE: Only winners of the Provincial Student Composer Competition can enter the CFMTA Competition.

Click here for: National Student Composer Competition (CFMTA)

Congratulations to our 2017 Student Composer Competition winners!

Category A Class 1 (11 years and under)
First Place: Kathie Zhou
Teacher: Susan Maxwell
Composition: Vivid Memories

Category B Class 1 (15 years and under)
First Place: Alexander Bai
Teacher: Susan Maxwell
Composition: The Search for Freedom

Category B Class 1 (15 years and under)
First Place: Rhea Jones
Teacher: Jay Arca
Composition: Super Star

Category C Class 1 (19 years and under)
First Place: Micah Sudom
Teacher: Betty Bischke
Composition: In the Wild

Category D Class 1 (open)
First Place: Gloria Chu
Teacher: Paul Bagley
Composition: Persist

Canadian Folk Song Arrangement Prizes: 
Gloria Chu
Teacher: Paul Bagley
Composition: She’s Like the Swallow

Chantalle Sabourin
Teacher: Jamie Deibert
Composition: A la Claire Fontaine Interpretation