Junior Composers Strike A Winning Note


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

2018 Junior Festival State Winners

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


2018 Junior Composer winners

We would like to announce the winners of our MFMC State Junior Composers Contest.

Class IV:

1st place:   Olivia Bennett, student of Carlyle Sharpe, for “Nefarious”
2nd place:  Madeline Stoces, student of Jennifer Harkey, for “The Minerva Thief”

Class III:

1st place:   Abigail Coates, student of Cindy Dittrich, for “Minuet & Trio in D minor”
2nd place:  Sarah Miller, student of Leann Rodman, for “Mist in the Forgotten Garden”

Class II:

1st place:   Evan Marshall, student of Chris Vitt, for “Echoes”
2nd place:  Sophia Tasset, student of Rebecca Scott, for “Caught in the Wind”


2017 MFMC Junior Composer Winners

Class I

No entries

Class II

No entries

Class III

1st Place – Olivia Bennett, student of Gabe Fleetwood
2nd Place – Sarah Miller, student of Leann Rodman

Class IV

1st Place – Cameron Haslam, student of Cindy Dittrich
Congratulations to the winners!

2016 MFMC Junior Competition Winners

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The 2016 State Junior Competition was held at the First United Methodist Church in Carthage on May 7th. We enjoyed performances by all the district winners. The following were given awards:

First Place Winners

Piano: Stephanie Zhang, student of Beverly Kyriakos
Vocal: Hayleah Baker, student of Krista Smith
Instrumental: Adam Barker, student of David Hays

Honorable Mention

Kevin Man, student of Mara Balke/Elizabeth Grace
Faith Wen, student of Wei-Han Su
Ryan Huey, student of Beverly Huey

Camp Scholarships

Caroline Hunsaker, student of Joseph Kaminsky
Jennifer Ferry, student of Kelly Stinnett


2016 Student/Collegiate Winners

The Student/Collegiate Auditions were held in Jefferson City on March 12th.  Eleven students participated from the following schools: The School of the Ozarks, Lincoln University, University of Missouri-Columbia and Columbia College.

The McClure Awards went to:

  • Daniel Tague (piano) – teacher, Clara Christian, School of the Ozarks
  • Logan Moore (voice) – teacher, Nollie Moore, Columbia College

The McHaney Award went to:

  • Rebecca Reed (voice) – teacher, Amy Johns, Columbia College

Thanks to all those who participated.  It was a day of delightful performances.

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