2017 MTNA/KMTA Composer Commissioning

MTNA-KMTA Composer Commissioning (2017)

Call for Proposals

Application Deadline: Mar. 15, 2017

Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) is dedicated to encouraging the creation of new works by American composers and annually assists its affiliated state associations with the generation and performance of new music through the national Composer Commissioning program. Each year, the Kentucky Music Teachers Association (KMTA) board selects one composer from the region to write a commissioned work for performance at their annual state conference.

Following the premier performance, the Kentucky commissioned work will be submitted to a panel of recognized composers who will select the MTNA-Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year from among all state commissioned works produced throughout the country that year. The winning work is presented in a concert performance at the next MTNA National Conference, and the composer is proclaimed the MTNA-Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year.

Composers living/working in Kentucky or adjoining states are invited to apply. Preference will be given to Kentucky-affiliated composers.

Materials Needed:

1) Recordings and scores of three representative works. Recordings should be in mp3 format and scores in PDF format. Download links to large audio files are acceptable

2) In a separate PDF or Word document, please submit a short bio and a summary of your background and experience in composition.

3) A one-page proposal/description of the type of work you would compose to fulfill the commission.

The selected composer will be responsible for securing performer(s) for the premier at the state conference on Sunday, November 5th, at the Transylvania University in Lexington. Should your piece be chosen as the national winner among all 2017 MTNA commissioned works, you would also be obligated to present a performance at the national convention. There is no minimum or maximum time limit; recent commissioned works have averaged from 10-15 minutes. (The commission currently stands at $1500).

Commissioned composers from the last five years (2012-16) should wait before reapplying.

Email your submission materials to:


Thomas Couvillon, Chair of Composer Commissioning, KMTA

Associate Professor and Theory and Composition Area Coordinator

Eastern Kentucky University

Richmond, KY