• WSMA Student Composition Project

The WSMA Student Composition Project encourages the artistic abilities of Wisconsin students. Composition is included in the National Standards for Arts Education, and is a natural extension of the creativity mode of music specified in Wisconsin’s music curriculum guide.

Students submit original compositions and recordings to WSMA in early March. These works are evaluated by professional composers, and students receive written critique forms from the evaluators. Awards are awarded based solely on merit. Students may enter in either the High School or Middle School Division in one of the following categories:

  • Instrumental Solo
  • Instrumental Ensemble
  • Instrumental Jazz
  • Collaborative Solo
  • Piano Solo
  • Vocal Solo
  • Vocal Ensemble
  • Vocal Jazz
  • Collaborative Ensemble

2016 Student Composition Project Guidelines and Entry Form - Coming in the Fall of 2015

To Submit Online - Click Here!

Results Information

2015 Student Composition Submission Full Listing - Click Here!

2015 Student Composition Project Results - Click Here!

          In 2015 we had a total of 63 submissions. Congratulations to all of our composers for their accomplishments!
                - 40 High School Submissions
                 - 23 Middle School Submissions


“Zach got involved with the composing only because of the Composition Project.  It motivated him to try it out and he discovered a talent for it in addition to his love of piano!  Tom and Jackie Unke – Parents of Zach Unke

2015 Student Composition Project Award Recipients

Tim Schaid, WSMA Executive Director, welcomes student composers, parents, teachers and friends to the Awards Reception held August 22nd at the Wisconsin Center for Music Education

Julie Palkowski, Fine Arts and Creativity Education Consultant for the State of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, speaks to students on creativity and composing.....

and gets the audience involved.

Elena Santin, 2015 Middle School Division Winner, attends Jefferson Midle School in Madison along Tim Schaid.
Andrew Johnosn is Elena's music teacher.

Tanner Nielsen, 2015 High School Division Winner, attends Luck High School along with Tim Schaid.  Jennifer Gilhoi is Tanner's school music teacher and Vickie Peterson is his piano teacher.

Audience members enjoyed cake and refreshments after Awards Presentation held on August 22 at the Wiscosnin Center for Music Education.  WSMA also thanks Heid Music, Inc. for placing the Yamaha Grand Piano at the center for the Awards Reception.