• 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

2014 Student Composition Project Guidelines and Entry Form - Click Here!

To Submit Online - Click Here!

Results Information

2014 Student Composition Submissions Full Listing - Now Posted!

2014 Student Composition Project Results - Now Posted!

          In 2014 we had a total of 62 submissions. Congratulations to all of our composers for their accomplishments!
                - 39 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

2013 Student Composition Project Award Recipients

Tim Schaid, WSMA Executive Director, welcomes student composers, parents, teachers and friends to the Awards Reception held August 24th at the Wisconsin Center for Music Education

Brad Burrill, noted Wisconsin Composer, speaks to the assembled audience about inspiration, being a composer and the path that he has taken in reaching his success as a composer.

Allison Keller, 2013 Middle School Division Winner, attends Mount Horeb Middle School along with Music Teacher Calli Ingebritson and Tim Schaid.

George Papajohn, 2013 High School Division Winner, attends Whitefish Bay High School along with Tim Schaid.  Nick Castanguay is George's music teacher.