What is the Event?

GMEA sponsors and carries out an annual composition competition for the purpose of encouraging students who have an interest in and an aptitude for the writing of original music. The entries in this event must be submitted by the student’s music teacher who must hold current GMEA/NAfME membership.

Entries will be divided into age categories consisting of elementary school (grades k-5), middle school (grades 6-8), high school (grades 9-12) and university, including both undergraduate and graduate enrollment and will be judged comparatively against only those entries falling within their classification.

Entries will be judged by a committee of three members selected by the chair of this event. Those entries deemed to be superior in content and craftsmanship will be performed during the January In Service Conference.

Entries must be no more than ten minutes long and must be written for no more than eight performers. The teacher submitting on behalf of a student will be responsible for providing and rehearsing the performers if the composition is selected for performance.


(On the “Applications and Forms” page in Opus)

In-Service Conference


The Classic Center
300 N Thomas Street
Athens, GA 30601