The Opus Composition Festival is a competitive event designed to encourage students to create and write music. The Opus Composition Festival promotes creativity and educates students in the art and craft of musical composition. All students who enter receive a special certificate of participation, a ribbon, and a judge’s comment sheet. Winners in each category will have the opportunity to play his/her composition at the IMTA State Conference.
For questions regarding Opus Composition Festival, please contact Caroline KyungA Ahn, Opus Chair.
Postmarked deadline: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Download the Entry Form: (2018 form coming soon)
Elementary (Age 5-10 as of 1/1/2018) $20
Junior (Age 11-14 as of 1/1/2018) $25
Senior (Age 15-18 as of 1/1/2018) $30
Young Artist (Age 19-26 as of 1/1/2018) $40
Teacher (Non-IMTA members only)
$75 (may enter any number of students)
All fees are non-refundable.
Opus Festival Rules and Submission Requirements
The Opus Composition Festival will follow the same guidelines and age categories as the MTNA Student Composition Competition. These guidelines can be found online at www.mtna.org/Programs/Competitions/Composition Guidelines
- A copy of score (computer generated in any notation program) in PDF file and MIDI file of the piece are required. No handwritten scores will be accepted.
- Entrants may submit only one composition.
- The composition may be in any style for any performance medium.
- Competition financial obligations are the responsibility of the entrant.
- The performance time must not exceed ten (10) minutes.
- Only compositions for nine performers or less will be accepted. Electronic realizations of larger scale works are not allowed.
- A composition that makes use of a copyrighted text must be accompanied by a written statement from the copyright holder giving permission to use the text. If the text is in the public domain, a statement signed by the student and teacher indicating this fact must accompany the entry.
- Measures of the composition must be numbered, preferably at the beginning of each system.
- The manuscript must be labeled with the name of the composition, the name of the student and the category (Elementary, Junior, Senior, Young Artist).
- The teacher’s name must not be included on the manuscript.
- No change may be made to the manuscript once it has been submitted with the application.
- Any composition that does not meet the submission requirements will be disqualified.
- Compositions for prepared piano are not permitted at the request of competition hosts and piano companies providing instruments.
- Copies of the score of each category winner will be kept by IMTA
- IMTA is not responsible for lost or damaged manuscripts or parts.
- Scores will not be returned to the entrants.
- Entrants must have prepared the composition with the teacher listed on the application.
- All students who enter receive a special certificate of participation, a ribbon, and a judge’s comment sheet. Winners in each category will have the opportunity to play his/her composition at the IMTA State Conference in the Hoosier Auditions Recital.
- IMTA will reimburse the registration fee for the winning score in each category to be entered in the state round of the MTNA Composition Competition. IMTA will not pay for any non-member IMTA teacher fees for entry into the state round of the MTNA Composition Competition.