MTNA/IMTA Composer Commissioning

The National Composer Commissioning Program supported by MTNA through the affiliated state associations is designed to encourage the creation of new works by American composers. The Indiana MTA board commissions a composition annually that receives its premiere performance at the state conference.

The composition is then submitted to MTNA to a panel of recognized composers for selection of the MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year. The new work of the selected composer is presented in a performance at the MTNA national conference, and the composer is proclaimed the MTNA “Distinguished Composer of the Year.” The selected composer receives a $5,000 award.

For more information or questions regarding the program, please contact the IMTA board’s MTNA Composer Commissioning chair, Caroline KyungA Ahn.



2016 Commissioned Composer Jorge Muniz with 2016 State President Christina Whitlock



MTNA/ IMTA Commissioned Compositions

2017 – Marc Wooldridge: Cyclic variations (percussion quartet)

2016 – Jorge Muniz  Goyescas XXI: Homage to Enrique Granados (piano, cello, violin)

2015 – Caroline KyungA Ahn “When the Ocean Speaks” for Two Pianos 1. Breaking the Stillness 2. Lullaby 3. Stormy Afternoon

2014 – Michele Murray “A Day in the Life Suite” (piano duet)

2013 – John Berners “Star Harp Tender” (piano solo)

2012 –  Anthony Lanman “Rush” (alto saxophone, electronic cello, electric guitar, accordion)

2011 – Aaron Travers “Sonatina for Piano Solo” (piano)

2010 – Don Freund “Autumn Songs” (piano, violin, cello)

2009 – Dana Collins “Phantasie” (flute, piano)

2008 – Christopher Goldston “Crossroads of America” (intermediate piano suite)

2007 – Todd Syswerda “Behind the Curtain” (chamber choir, string quartet, and piano)

2006 – Daniel Powers “The Rain is Full of Ghosts” (soprano, viola, piano)

2005 – Eleanor Trawick (piano)

2004 – Frank Felice “Two by Four” (3 violins, viola)

2003 – Marjorie Rusche “Hearing the Grass Grow, my Water Buffalo” (soprano, cello, piano)

2000 – Libby Larsen “Now Dance” (children’s choir)

1996 – Debora DeWitt “Three Portraits” (piano duo)

1988 – Michael Schelle “Musica Magnetizzare” (alto, violin, alto saxophone, tuba, 2 percussionists, piano)

1977 – Richard Faith “Songs  of Spring” (soprano, flute, piano)

1972 – Morris Knight (voice, piano)

1967 – Jon Polifrone “Four Songs for Tenor 1967” (tenor, piano)