ztunes music Composition Competition
The Ztunes Composition Competition is dedicated to the promotion of excellence in music composition at the student level. Composition Competition guidelines are set and regulated by Ztunes Music. The Competition is open to all Georgia students in K-12.
2021 Ztunes Composition Competition Dates:
Application Deadline: March 15, 2021
Winners Announcement: March 26, 2021
Winners Recital: TBA
Grand Prize: Finale License ($600 value!)
1st Prize in each division: $50 gift certificate to PianoWorks (Elementary), Opus Music (Middle), or Music and Arts (High).
Runner Up in each division: Virtual Membership to Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Participation in the competition is open to all grade school students (ages 5-18) in the state of Georgia. There will be three divisions:
- Elementary (grades K-5)
- Middle (6-8)
- High (9-12)
Submitted compositions must be 100% original. Previous performances of the submitted composition are allowed, provided that they are not high-profile, professionally archived/recorded, or otherwise in a format that would meaningfully detract from the “new music” or “premiere” status of the "Composition Competition" format. We aim for these pieces to receive their “world premiere” on the winners’ concert!
Compositions must be scored for instrument(s) that can be easily programmed onto a recital later this Spring. Instrumentation therefore should be kept to small chamber ensembles (4 instruments at most), with preference being given to works for solo instrument (i.e. solo piano, solo flute, etc.) because those pieces will be the easiest to program on the winner’s concert.
Elementary: maximum of 3 minutes, no minimum
Middle: between 2 and 5 minutes
High: between 3 and 10 minutes
To apply, please submit an application, using the link below. Be sure to have the following items ready to upload:
1. A score in PDF form. Be sure to have parts ready for your performers should your piece require it.
2. A recording of your piece. This can be a MIDI recording from music notation software, or a live recording.
3. $15 Application Fee
The application will also ask you for basic biographical information, including: name, age, specific grade level, name of your private music teacher (if applicable), name of your school music teacher or band director, and all instruments that you play.