I’m thrilled to be able to tell you that there is a brand new composition contest for teenagers beginning this year! There are no limits on style or content, so this competition is literally open to any teenage student. I have added this contest to the Composition Contests for Students post which lists all the other contests and opportunities for young composers.

New Composition Contest for Teenage Musicians – NextNotes Composition Awards

The new, national program is designed to nurture the next generation of creative voices in music composition. The NextNotesTM High School Composition Awards will encourage and recognize the creativity of high school composers and award outstanding talent with mentorship, scholarship funds and a performance of their work by professional musicians. Here is more information in a video:

“The NextNotesTM High School Composition Awards is unlike any music composition contest that’s ever been conceived before. With no limits on style or content, this competition should attract music creators of all backgrounds and abilities, and give an opportunity for young people to engage with making original music like no other program has done before,” said Dr. Daniel Ott, composer and music educator at Fordham University and the Julliard School, and NextNotes advisor.

Students in grades 9-12 are invited to apply with a single composition in any genre or style by the deadline of January 12, 2015. Applications are submitted electronically through an on-line process. Six composers will be chosen to receive a scholarship along with travel to Minneapolis-St. Paul for a two-day workshop with professional composer mentors and professional musicians in June 2015. The workshop will conclude with an awards ceremony and culminating concert of the winning works.

Interested high school composers (and their teachers) are encouraged to visit the website www.NextNotes.org and connect via Twitter (@NextNotes), Facebook (ACF Ed), and on Tumblr, Instagram, and Vine (all acfnextnotes).

For more information, please visit www.NextNotes.org or contact Suzanna Altman at saltman@composersforum.org. You can also follow NextNotes on Twitter.