Composition Festival

Cynthia Papierniak, Coordinator

This festival is designed to encourage students to write their own music and enjoy the creative process.

Requirements – General

No student age or grade requirements.

No requirements as to form, length, or genre.

Compositions must be in the student’s own handwriting or in a computer print-out personally produced by the composer.

Piano or Instrumental:

No requirements as to choice of instruments(s).


Words for songs must be original or in the public domain.

Songwriting may be collaborative; lyrics and music may be composed by two or more persons.

 Fee: CAMTA member: $35 per manuscript | Non-member: $40 per manuscript

Application Deadline: March 15, 2019

Submission Requirements:

  • Recording: send by .mp3 file. No visual formats, DVD or YouTube. No recordings with label identifying composer.
  • Manuscript: Only title and age on manuscript. Please number measures. Send manuscript by .pdf file or scan and send by email attachment.

Send recording and manuscript to: Cynthia Papierniak at

Composition Forum/Recital

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019 – 4:00PM

Where: Recital Hall – PianoForte Chicago, 1335 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605

All students will have the opportunity to perform and discuss their composition, and they will receive written critiques.

Questions? Email, or call (708) 834-0847.

To Register for the CAMTA Composition Festival:

1. Email the following information to
Cynthia Papierniak –
An email confirmation will serve as your receipt of entry.
Registration, payment, receipt of manuscript and recording all must be received by deadline.

2. Payment by check OR online.

Checks should be made out to “CAMTA” and sent to:
Cynthia Papierniak, 607 S. Highland Ave., Oak Park, IL 60304

To pay online: teachers should pay for all of their students with one payment.  If you use ONLINE BANKING, use as the recipient. Please put COMPOSITION and the teacher name in the message field. CAMTA prefers this method, as there is no fee for the transaction.

OR PAYPAL (CAMTA incurs a fee for using this service).  Click the “donate” button below. It will prompt you to log in to PayPal. Once you’re in, please “donate” the amount due from your teacher registration form.