Student Composer Competition 2017

Please send your students’ composition and SIGNED entry form to our PROVINCIAL Coordinator (not the National Coordinator).

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the CMW Coordinator Sonia Hauser at:

  1. Each entry must be composed by the named entrant, and written out or computer-generated by the entrant, except that Preparatory and Division A entries may be copied out by others if needed. Entries must be neat and legible in ink, computer print or photocopy (faxes or e-mails are not acceptable). Please keep a copy of each entered work.
  2. The bars in the composition should be numbered so that the adjudicator can easily refer to various parts of the composition.
  3. Any composition longer than four pages long should be accompanied with a performance of the composition on CD.
  4. The entrant must be of stated age as of June 1, 2017 and be a student of a BCRMTA member in good standing.
  5. The entrants name must appear on each entry or its title page. The measure number starting each line, tempo and dynamic markings, and other appropriate details should be included.
  6. Entrants may submit one or more works, and enter both sections of Preparatory, Division A or B if desired, but must keep to a single age division. Entrants moving after April 1 must notify the Composition Coordinator in writing.
  7. Any multi – movement entry will be charged per movement.
  8. Entries must be received by April 1, 2017
    Please remember – any entries received after this date will not be accepted A completed entry form and the correct provincial fee must accompany each piece entered. Please include a high resolution jpeg photo and short five line bio of yourself.
  9. Each entry will receive a written adjudication. Entries will not be returned, but will be placed in the BCRMTA archives. BCRMTA will forward First Place-winning works to the National Finals and pay the entry fees.
  10. In each division (and section of Preparatory, Divisions A and B), provincial First, Second,and/or Honourable Mention(s) may be given. National awards are First Place only. All decisions are final. Award cheques must be cashed within thirty days of receipt.
  11. BCRMTA and CFMTA reserve the right to use a winning work for publicity. All other rights remain with the entrant.

The results will be sent to the submitting teacher after June 1st, 2017.

2017 Music Writing Competition Adjudicator – Shelley Marwood

shelley-marwood-headshot-b-colourShelley Marwood is a Canadian composer whose output includes works for orchestra, choir,opera, chamber ensembles, and solo instruments. She has had works commissioned and performed across North America by ensembles such as the Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Windsor Symphony Orchestras, Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal, Rubbing Stone Ensemble, Jubilate Singers, and Toy Piano Composers. Upcoming projects include a piece for solo guitar (CMC/Guitar Society of Toronto),a new work for clarinet and percussion, and a large wind ensemble work for the 20th Anniversary celebration of the Greater Windsor Concert Band in 2017. With an early focus on orchestral music,Shelley has enjoyed the recent challenge of writing for the voice in various forms. This past spring 2016 saw the premiere of “In Spring” by Kelsey Taylor and Colin Frotten, and her humourous and wellreceived “Selfie” was performed in Toronto, Philadelphia, and Halifax as part of the Crossing Borders tour with Maureen Batt and Cheryl Duvall.

In 2015 Shelley won both the Karen Kieser Prize in Canadian Music (“Imaginings”) and the UofT Choral Composition Competition (“These Fragile Snowflakes”). She also received first prize in the 2008 Canadian Music Centre Prairie Region Emerging Composers’ Competition (“Illumination”), was a finalist in the 2006 Land’s End Composers’ Competition (“Piano Trio No.1”), and was one of the featured composers of the 2009 Windsor Canadian Music Festival. Her piece “Merge” has received excellent reviews since its inclusion on the Rubbing Stone Ensemble’s debut CD “The Lethbridge Sessions”, released by Centrediscs in May 2014. Shelley holds degrees from the University of Windsor (BMus ’04), the University of Calgary (MMus ’10), and an A.R.C.T. in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She is currently pursuing her DMA in composition at the University of Toronto, and is an Associate Composer with the Canadian Music Centre. (www.shelleymarwood.com)

B.C. Provincial and Canadian National Regulations

Entry form (Mail in)
Online Registration