OMEA Young Composers Initiative

Dear OMEA members,

It is with great excitement that I introduce you to a new opportunity to showcase your students’ talents through music composition. I have worked with Rob McClure, Assistant Professor of Music Composition and Theory at Ohio University to develop the OMEA Young Composers Initiative. Through the YCI, selected student compositions will be featured in performance at the OMEA Professional Development Conference. 

OMEA members can sponsor student compositions for evaluation by submitting the works using the OMEA Website. A panel of music composition faculty from across Ohio will evaluate the submitted compositions. The student composers selected by the panel will have opportunities to refine their composition with guidance from members of the YCI judging panel. The student compositions could then be selected for performance at the OMEA Conference. 

To submit a student composition, go to the OMEA Website, log in and scroll down until you see the link for the Young Composers Initiative and follow the prompts. Please see the attached document HERE for more information about the OMEA Young Composers Initiative, or contact Dr. Robert McClure @

Michael Crist
OMEA Immediate Past President

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