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.

NEW for 2020: Compositions may be handwritten for Elementary I students, age 7-8. Elementary II students and above are required to use computer notation software.

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



To Register for the CAMTA Composition Festival:

New for 2020: All materials will be submitted online.

  • Recording: send by audio, .mp3 file. No visual formats, DVD or YouTube videos. Make sure recordings do not list composer’s name.
  • Manuscript: Only title and age on manuscript. Number measures. Send manuscript by .pdf file.

Teachers register here (link will be made available when registration opens).

Teachers register students and submit student’s recordings and manuscripts here (link will be made available when registration opens). Rolling registration: Students may be entered at anytime.

Payment of fees will be online. Each teacher should pay for all of their students.

To pay online: teachers should pay for all of their students with one payment.  If you use Zelle Quickpay 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 use 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.

Composition Forum/Recital

When: Saturday, April 18, 2020 – 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 at or call/text (708) 834-0847.