Junior Composers

Junior Composers Contest, WFMC 

National Federation of Music Clubs Junior Composers 2021

Sam Ecoff, Chair of the WFMC Junior Composers Contest announces that applications are being accepted for the 2021 awards. Class I, II, III and IV applications are found below. Please read the rules page and letter (below) from Mr. Ecoff carefully as all pieces must be submitted following the rules in this letter. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Ecoff.

NFMC, WFMC, and NCR Junior Composers is a competition with award winners and possible monetary awards at the state, regional, and national levels. There are first and second place winners in each of the four categories whose compositions are forwarded to the North Central Region from the Wisconsin Federation of Music Clubs. In addition to the possibility of monetary awards, each entrant receives a rating sheet, and points earned towards a Federation Cup in the performance area of the Federation Festivals.

*Junior Composers Letter 2021

*JR-7-1 Junior Composer rules 2021

*JR-7-2 Junior Composers application 2021

This competition is for all junior composers whether they are experienced in composing, or just beginning. Entrants do not need to be studying composition. Any member of a Junior Club, or any Individual Junior member, of the WFMC is eligible. Students through the age of 18, at any level of ability and through any medium may enter a composition. Previous entries have included everything from an 8 measure piano piece to a 20 minute piano quartet; from ragtime to new age; from pieces with very simple rhythm to those with amazing complexity. In addition, please note that there is an opportunity for entrants in classes III and IV to attend the Junior Composer’s Summer Programs sponsored by the North Central Region of the NFMC. (See www.juniorcomposers.org) Entrants in these two categories are eligible to receive scholarship funding assistance from the Wisconsin Federation of Music Clubs towards payment of tuition and fees at a JCSP camp of their choice.

Junior Composer Awards 2021, NCR

Shirley Erickson, Chair of the North Central Region Junior Composers Contest, has announced the following winners in this years contest.

Class I – Honorable Mention

Harlow Hagen (8) ‘Trick or Treat!‘, Jeffrey Miller, Teacher

Payten Hutter (8) ‘!The Crazy Giant!’, Jeffrey Miller, Teacher

Class 2 – Winner

Charlie Plante, (12) ‘Revolution’, Sam Ecoff, Teacher

Class 3 – Honorable Mention

Braedin Drake, (13) ‘Fishing with Dad’, Jeffrey Miller, Teacher

Class 4 – Winners

Noah Durlam (18) ‘Aero Plane’, Judy Heise, Teacher

Brooke Wisniewski, (17) ‘Tango’ Sam Ecoff Teacher

Winners are automatically entered in the National Federation of Music Clubs competition 2021. Thank you to students and teachers for the outstanding way you create music in Wisconsin!

Junior Composer Awards 2020

Pat Steege, NFMC Chair of Junior Composers, has announced the following Wisconsin Students in national ranking. Congratulations to these students from the WFMC as there were over 600 entries in 2020.

Class I

Honorable Mention: Taylen Ternberg

Class III

John and Margaret Pierson Award, 3rd Place: Helina Menzel

Wisconsin Federation of Music Clubs

Sam Ecoff, Chair of the WFMC Junior Composers Contest announces the following students as 2020 Junior Composer contest winners in the state of  Wisconsin:

Class I     Gemma Gardow (First Place)

Taylen Ternberg (Second Place)

Students of Jeffery Miller

Class II   Tristan Shymanski (First Place)

Marcel Mrotek (Second Place)

Students of Jeffery Miller

Class III   Helina Menzel (First Place)

Noah Garlock (Second Place)

Students of Sam Ecoff

Class IV   Brooke Wisnewski (First Place) Teacher, Sam Ecoff

Quin Steinmetz (Second Place) Teacher, Bryan Jaeckel

2020 Junior Composer Contest Winners, at the regional (North Central) and national, NFMC level

Class I   Gemma Gardow, Second Place, NFMC with Kangaroo Dance

Taylen Ternberg, Honorable Mention, NFMC with Ice Fishing

Class III Helina Menzel, Pierson Award, NFMC with The Jungle

Class IV  Brooke Wisniewski, Strings Award, NFMC with Monster’s Dance

According to Pat Steege, NFMC Junior Composers Chair, over 600 compositions were received at the state level this year. Congratulations to all students of composition!

2019 Junior Composer Contest Winners in Wisconsin:

Class I    Brianna Yang with ‘The Circus‘ (First Place)

Allison Yang with ‘Happy Clown!‘ (Second Place)

Class II    Jeremy Cotturone with ‘Skipping Stones‘ (First Place)

Noah Garlock with ‘Walking on the Breeze‘ (Second Place)

Class III   Brooke Wisniewski with ‘Little Hunting Song‘ (First Place)

Tim Wang with ‘Crosswinds‘ (Second Place)

Class IV   Siddharth Nadkarni with ‘Contemplations‘ (First Place)

David Liu with ‘Slavic Dance‘ (Second Place)

At the regional level (North Central) the following students advanced to the NFMC competition.

Class I   Brianna Yang, student of Sam Ecoff

Class III Brooke Wisniewski, student of Sam Ecoff

Class IV Siddharth Nadkarni, student of Sam Ecoff

David Liu, Student of Margaret Radke

Honorable Mention Tim Wang, student of Sam Ecoff

The following students were recognized by the National Federation of Music Clubs at national competition with the following awards:

Class III   Brooke Wisniewski, Incentive Award

Class IV   Siddharth Nadkarni, Incentive Award

David Liu, Honorable Mention

Information for the 2021 Junior Composers Contest is below:

This competition is for all junior composers whether they are experienced in composing or just beginning. Entrants do not need to be studying composition. Any member of a Junior Club or any Individual Junior member of the WFMC is eligible. Students through the age of 18, at any level of ability and through any medium may enter a composition. Previous entries have included everything from an 8 measure piano piece to a 20 minute piano quartet; from ragtime to new age; from pieces with very simple rhythm to those with amazing complexity. In addition, please note that there is an opportunity for entrants in classes III and IV to attend the Junior Composer’s Summer Programs sponsored by the North Central Region of the NFMC. (See www.juniorcomposers.org) Entrants in these two categories are eligible to receive scholarship funding assistance from the Wisconsin Federation of Music Clubs towards payment of tuition and fees at a JCSP camp of their choice.

updated 4/2021