The Junior Composers Competition is where young musical talent, whether emerging or experienced, can receive recognition for their compositional creativity.  This competition is for all composers ages 9-18. Entrants do not need to be studying composition and, for some, it is their first attempt at creating a work. Any member of a Junior Club or any Individual Junior member is eligible. Entries must be sent as a pdf, produced and notated via a notation software program or hand notated, scanned and emailed.  Digital recordings are required for all classes.

This year the Missouri Federated Music Club awarded prizes in Classes II, II and IV.  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.

We are proud to announce the winners of this year’s 2018 Junior Composer Competition along with their recordings.  We hope you enjoy their wonderful works!

Class II Evan MarshallEchoes

Class III Abigail CoatesMinuet & Trio in D minor

Class IV Olivia BennettNefarious


The Festival State Competition for Juniors was held on May 19th at 1:30p at the Country Club United Methodist Church in Kansas City, Mo. Sixteen district winners from throughout the state participated.

We are please to announce the state winners of the Junior Festival State Competition:

1st Place:

Willy Jiang, piano, student of David Tauscher
Alexa Morgan, voice, student of Myra Lemons
Michael Lu, violin, student of Joseph Kaminsky

Honorable Mention:

Noah Gruman, violin, student of LaVonne McDaniel
Bethany Manring, piano, student of Kristi Larsen
Dawson Ren, piano, student of Marlita Weiss

Youth Music Camps at Inspiration Point scholarship:

Tanner Henley, piano, student of Karen Larvick