Composition Contest

SEMMEA Composition Competition 2023

Welcome to the South Eastern District of the Massachusetts Music Educator’s Association Composition Competition 2023. We are excited to welcome a new year and new compositions.

We are in the process of coordinating some new and exciting offerings for our composition students this year.  So please check back for further information.  Updates about clinics, submitting pieces, and new experiences will be posted shortly.  In the meantime, students should start writing their pieces for this year’s contest.

The Massachusetts company Noteflight sponsors our contest and gives a 1-year premium subscription to our top awarded composers.

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It is the goal of the SEMMEA composition competition to offer the opportunity for students to engage in musical composition, share their pieces with others, and advance their compositional learning and craft.

Each year, student composers write pieces and submit them to the competition.  The submission details are below.

Submission Guidelines

The goal of the SEMMEA composition competition is to offer students the opportunity to engage in musical composition, share their pieces with others, and advance their compositional learning and craft.Each year, student composers write pieces and submit them to the competition. The submission details are below.

  1. Submission Guidelines
    1. Students must be from a participating high school in the South Eastern District of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association.
    2. Pieces can be in any style and for any instrumentation but must be an original work created by the student. Collaborations are accepted, however, both students will need to pay the registration fee.
    3. All entrants must submit a full score PDF score and audio recording; midi representations are acceptable.
    4. Midi recordings must be exported as an audio file.
    5. Pieces should be no longer than 10 Minutes.
    6. Pieces need to be submitted in as detailed and accurate a score as possible.
    7. All pieces must be marked with the title and the student’s name, school, and email
    8. All submissions will be judged according to the composition adjudication form below. Although there is no requirement for style or genre of music, points are more easily awarded by the rubric to music in traditional forms. There are no point values for production, lyrics, etc…. Due to this, some popular music styles, although brilliant and creative, would not yield as high a score as more traditional styles.

Registration Information

  1. Directors must register composition students with the other instrumentalists from the school.  These students should be registered as a composition audition by selecting composition in the fields marked for both group and instrument.
  2. These students will be registered for an audition time, just as other instrumentalists at the Senior Auditions at King Philip Regional High School.  For this audition, the students should come to the site with their score and recording, and be prepared to discuss their music.
  3. We encourage all students to submit pieces no matter what style or length, as any student who submits a piece is invited to attend our composition clinic.  There is no limit to the number of students that can submit pieces or attend the clinic.
  4. At the auditions, students can meet the composition adjudicator at the registration desk or go right to the library and wait outside until called by the adjudicator.  At the festival clinic, upon arrival, students should follow the signs to the clinic room.
  5. Students may double register for composition and an instrument.
  6. Students that double register should plan to audition on their instrument first before doing their composition adjudication.

Composition Rubric

For more information contact

Joe Pondaco
71 Alden St. Duxbury MA 02332

We want to thank all the students who have submitted music to previous competitions. All of our student composers submitted great music. Below are recordings of top compositions from previous years and pictures from our previous clinics.


“Unity” for String Quartet
Cameron Shave – Foxborough High School

“Volcanic Pulvirizer” for Wind Ensemble
Caio Dos Santos-Amado – Taunton High School


“Test Day” for String Ensemble
Christopher Luz Roque – Sturgis Charter Public School

“Fantasia in Eb” for Alto Saxophone and Piano
Caio Dos Santos-Amado – Taunton High School


“Fly” for SATB Choir
Amanda White – Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School

“Video Game Overture”
for String Quartet
Jonathan Tolub – Oliver Ames High School

“Krakow At Dawn”
For Piano
David Girardin – Sturgis Charter Public School East

For Flute and Piano
Justin Moczynski – Hingham High School


“Atlantic Tempest” For Full Orchestra
Justin Moczynski – Hingham High School

“An Experiment” For Winds and Percussion
Jake O’Connor – Duxbury High School

“Galavanting Through a Summer Wood” For Wind Ensemble
Maria D’Ambrosio – Plymouth North High School

“Twenty Feet Away” For Wind Ensemble
Alex Olsen – Foxboro High School

“Untitled” for String Quartet
Rachel Walker – Sandwich High School


2021-01-092021 Clinic with Missy Mazzoli

20200110_1724332020 Clinic with Roger Cichy

20190111_1729242019 Clinic with composer Ken Amis

20180106_172459.jpg2018 Clinic with composer Roger Cichy

Comp 16-17b2017 Clinic with composer John Mackey


2016 clinic with composer Anthony DeRitis

20150109_1736042015 clinic with composer Andrew Smith


20140110_1726312014 Composition Clinic With Julia Scott Carey

Nation Childers2013 Composition Clinic With Nathan Childers