AMIS Young Composers’ Competition 2017 May 30, 2017

The AMIS Young Composers’ Competition


Melanie Ward, Competition Coordinator

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Eligibility and Rules

  • The contest is open to high school students from AMIS member schools.
  • A student may submit one entry only.
  • The piece cannot have been previously published, premiered, or entered in any other competition.
  • School coursework is eligible for submission.
  • The piece should be written for three to eight parts (vocal and/or instrumental).  All musical genres are welcome.
  • The piece should be three to six minutes in duration.
  • If a student uses text other than an original, they must seek and gain permission from the original writer. The entry PDF must include a written statement from the copyright holder, giving permission for use.
  • The student must submit a hand-written or computer-generated score (PDF) as well as a live or computer-generated recording (MP3).  Students must also include a short composition commentary that provides an explanation of their composition, to be included as part of the score pdf. 
  • Each composition is judged on the following criteria: 1) Creativity  2) Development of Musical Ideas 3) Musical Structure 4) Idiomatic Writing 5) Notation
  • By entering the competition, the student and his or her school certifies that the composition is an original work and the score was produced by the student composer.
  • The winning work (plus highly commended works at the discretion of the adjudication panel) will be available for perusal on the AMIS website, for use by AMIS schools at the request of their directors. Individual parts for these works must be provided to accompany the score for distribution.

By submitting a musical work for the competition, composers agree to the following:

  1. A submitted composition remains the property of the composer.
  2. AMIS retains the permanent right to have any official AMIS ensemble perform and/or  record any works submitted.
  3. AMIS Member schools will have performance and recording rights for any designated winning and/or commended compositions for a period of 2 years from the original date of composition submission.
  4. AMIS and AMIS member schools do not retain the right to sell a submitted composition without the written permission of the composer.
  5. AMIS and AMIS member schools do not retain the right to sell a recording of a submitted work without the written permission of the composer.
  6. All other uses and rights of any composition submitted including recordings and performances not mentioned above remain with the composer.

Paradise by Gabriel Augustin (John F. Kennedy School, Berlin)

Highly Commended
Rondeau Humoristique by Richard Blaquière (Frankfurt International School)
Under the Weather by Ileeana Johnson (ACS Egham International School)

Ride the Skyline by Gabriel Augustin (John F. Kennedy School, Berlin)

Highly Commended
Flight by Arthur Roberts (International School Beijing)
Proelii by Arvind Ranganathan (Ecole Mondiale World School Bombay)
Prelude and Fugue for String Orchestra by Richard Blaquière (Frankfurt International School)


A full listing of all AMIS fees can be found here.

Invoices are issued in pounds sterling with the exception of those schools located in the euro zone, who are billed in euros. The euro amount will be determined by the exchange rates quoted by the AMIS bank on the day the invoice is issued.

Questions regarding fees and payment should be addressed to Tim Germann, Chief Operating Officer, at:

Submitting Your Entry

Upload entries via the registration site (username and password required).  Please be aware that only a teacher from an AMIS member school may login and upload entries. Students may not submit entries to the system.

Online submissions are now open.

Contact Information

Competition Organizer: Melanie Ward

Technical Support: Tim Germann

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