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One of the marquee events of the Illinois Music Education Conference is the Composition Contest Concert which highlights the best of student composition in the state of Illinois.

Junior and senior high students throughout Illinois submit their compositions in the following categories:

Senior High Categories

  • Arranging

  • AvantGarde/Electronic

  • Commercial/Popular

  • Instrumental (solo to chamber ensemble)

  • Instrumental (large ensemble)

  • Jazz Instrumental/Jazz Vocal

  • Jazz Improvisation

  • Keyboard Solo

  • Remix

  • Vocal Solo

  • Vocal Ensemble


The All-State Composition Track allows exceptional student composers to work with active composers and artists, and collaborate with other composers at the Illinois Music Education Conference in Peoria. This program also allows them to network with publishers, colleges/universities, and performing musicians from Illinois and across the country.

The Composition Track is open to 10th-12th grade honorees in the annual ILMEA Composition Contest (1st, 2nd, 3rd, Honorable Mention). Past session topics include: Writing Effective Melodies, Collaborative Songwriting, Workshopping Compositions, Introduction to Harmony and Counterpoint, Score Preparation, and College & Career Roundtable.

When submitting entries in RNS, teachers should indicate if eligible students are interested in attending the Composition Track at IMEC 2018. Once the list of honorees is determined, information (and applications, if the numbers are greater than 20) will be sent to interested students.

Any questions regarding the Composition Contest can be directed to Gina Wych at