Choral Composition Contest

The FVA Choral Composition Contest has been established to encourage efforts in original composition and to give recognition for outstanding achievement.

Contest Rules

  1. The applicant must be a secondary school music student under the direction of an active member of FVA.
  2. Composition must be an SATB (opt. divisi) choral arrangement of traditional choral style.
  3. All completed submission materials must be sent by email to the Music Committee Chair by September 15 (

Composition Requirements

  1. 2019CompContestWinner
    2019 FVA Composition Contest Winner Sophia Contratto (Niceville HS)

    Must be submitted in a pdf format using music notation software

  2. Must be legible and marked for complete understanding
  3. Printed with one staff for each voice part. If a voice part divides, the two may remain on
    the same staff.
  4. The time duration of the composition must be at least two minutes and long enough to
    be consistent with good form and taste.
  5. The accompaniment must be on two staves below the voice parts.
  6. If the composition is a cappella, a piano reduction accompaniment must be provided for
  7. Make sure that the text you are using, if not original, is in the public domain and you have the right to set the text to music.


  1. The entries shall be evaluated by 3–5 judges.
  2. General considerations to be used in the evaluation are as follows:
    • originality of the ideas expressed
    • text use
    • interpretation of text through the music
    • range of voices
    • proper voice leading as associated with the harmonic structure
    • form and taste reflected in the style of the music


  1. Mikayla Thompson, Winter Park HS, 2017 Winner
    Mikayla Thompson, Winter Park HS, 2017 Winner

    The composer of the winning composition will receive a plaque and a check for $250.00, and the winning composition may be performed by the All-State Reading Chorus at the FMEA Professional Development Conference in Tampa.

  2. Each participant shall receive written critiques of the entry

Required submission materials:

Items to submit by email to David Pletincks, Music Committee Chair, by September 15:

  1. A scanned copy of the completed 2019 Entry Form (PDF) with signatures
  2. A PDF copy of the music manuscript
  3. An MP3 recording of a choir singing the composition

Submit materials to:

David Pletincks, Music Committee Chair
Powell Middle School

Deadline for submission is September 15, 2019