The local entry fee is $15.00 for the local level contest.  The State fee for S1-S12 is $20.00, and for Divisions E, EP, L, LP the fee is $25.00.    Please submit the total amount of local and state for this contest.


TMTA SA Original Composition Contest

Chair:  Lisa Shirah-Hiers:
Local Chair submits entries to state. TOTAL fees are either $35.00 or $40.00, depending on the division.  Local Entry fee for all divisions: $15.00
State fee: Check TMTA Handbook ($20.00 S1 – S 12; $25 Div E, EP, L, LP)
Submit both local and state fees at the time of the local contest.
See non-TMTA teachers and student fees in TMTA handbook.
Non-ADMTA teachers pay double student entry fees.

IMPORTANT:  SA Enrollment at is required. See deadlines for registering at  For more information or questions contact local chair,  Lisa Shirah-Hiers at

The purpose of the local contest is to encourage creativity and self-expression in student musicians through the art of composing and to recognize their achievements, as well as the significant work of their teachers.

This contest provides a professional critique of each student’s compositional skills which may be used to edit their compositions before sending them to the state contest.

Certificates and cash awards are given at the local level to 1st ($50.00) , 2nd ($35.00), and 3rd ($20.00) place winners in each category. Honorable Mentions are at the discretion of the judge. Judges may declare there is no winner and the decision of the judge is final.


  1. Students must be registered for Student Affiliate
  2. Students must have passed the appropriate theory test.


  1. For complete information, read the TMTA Member Handbook regarding the contest.
  2. Entries may be composed for ANY medium.
  3. Compositions may be entered in any of the ten divisions, which are based on school grade.


  1. Please consult the TMTA handbook for all rules and submission procedures.
  2. Send entries in TMTA required format to the local chair by the local deadline.
  3. Submit local and state fees at the same time as your local submission.
  4. Contestants have the opportunity to revise their submission once it has been judged at the local level.
  5. Contestants must send all revisions for state by the Jan. 8, 2020 deadline.
  6. The teacher should collect the fees and send ONE check for all student entries for both local and state contest fees by the deadline.  Checks should be made payable to ADMTA and mailed to ADMTA, P.O. Box 1892, Cedar Park, TX  78630.


  1. HONORS RECITAL  – Winners (1st, 2nd 3rd) of the local contest may play or have their compositions performed on Honors Recital 4.   Only live performances are accepted and performers for ensemble works must be arranged by the composer. Both ADMTA and non-ADMTA-affiliated teachers, other musicians and students may perform a student’s composition at any level. (See section including honors recitals further information, such as date, time, location and registration). Registration: complete through by March 4, 2020. No forms or fees.
  • Location: Steinway Piano Gallery, 12980 N. Hwy 183, Austin, TX 78750
  • Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020.
  1. YOUNG COMPOSERS CONCERT – This provides an opportunity for all compositions entered at the local level to be performed and showcased to further encourage and inspire the art of composing. Registration: complete by by deadline Jan. 8, 2020. See registration instructions under Young Composers Concert found at under Recitals.
  • Location: Steinway Piano Gallery, 12980 N. Hwy 183, Austin, TX 78750
  • Date: January 18, 2020
  • Time: 3:30 – 5:30 PM


Registration for this event ended December 10, 2020 @ 5:59 pm.

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