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  1. Composition for High School. wind band $3,000 award. Maximum duration: 6 minutes.
  2. Composition for Middle School wind band $2,000 award. Maximum duration: 4 minutes.


  • Composers must have been born on or after January 1, 1986 in order to be eligible.
  • Compositions must be completed by one composer.  Group compositions will not be accepted
  • A composer may submit both a High School and Middle School composition, but they can only submit one piece per category.
  • No compositions exceeding the maximum durations cited above will be considered. *Compositions must not have been published or publicly performed.
  • Women & minority composers are encouraged to enter.
  • International applicants are also welcome to submit a composition.
  • Composers must submit scores electronically.
  • Synthesized recordings are permissible if no live recording is available.
  • Winning compositions will be announced in December, 2020.
  • Premieres will be awarded to 2 ensembles selected to perform at the 75th Anniversary of the Midwest Clinic. December, 2021.

Deadline for submission to the Midwest Office: September 1, 2020.

Click here to download the rules and entry form

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