Composition Competition

The IMEA Composition Competition is an annual competition that offers young Indiana composers (grades six through college) the opportunity to have their work evaluated by established composers/educators who provide written feedback. This event is designed to help these young composers learn and grow as creative musical thinkers.

Click here for a list of the 2023 Gold Rating recipients!


Winning composers will be recognized Saturday, January 13, 2024.


Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne in conjunction with the IMEA Professional Development Conference

Submission Deadline:

  • Online Registration Deadline for the 2023 competition: June 7, 2023
  • Registration is considered complete when the online registration is submitted and entry fees are received/paid.


There is a $35 entry fee per composition entry.

Competition Entry:

The IMEA Composition Competition is open to students in three different divisions:

  • Middle School (grades 6-8)
  • High School (grades 9-12)
  • College (undergraduates only)

Each student must reside in Indiana and be sponsored by a school or private teacher who is an IMEA/NAfME member. Students should enter their concurrent academic school year, or the most recently concluded year.


Composers may enter in multiple categories, but may only submit one work in each category. 

  • Arranging
  • Chamber Instrumental
  • Concert Band/Wind Ensemble
  • Electroacoustic
  • Jazz Big Band
  • Jazz Combo
  • Instrumental Solo
  • Orchestra (String)
  • Orchestra (Full)
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Vocal Choir
  • Vocal Jazz
  • Vocal Solo (Accompanied or A Capella)


Judging will be completed by a panel of 3 professional composers. The rating system will be based on a Gold-Silver-Bronze rating system. All applicants who receive the Gold rating will be recognized at the IMEA Professional Development Conference on January 13, 2024.

All applicants will receive feedback from all 3 judges.

Composition Competition Past Winners