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2018 Commissioned Composer Competition

Juri Seo

Juri Seo seeks to write music that encompasses extreme contrast through compositions that are unified and fluid, yet complex. She merges many of the fascinating aspects of music from the past century—in particular its expanded timbral palette and unorthodox approach to structure—with a deep love of functional tonality, counterpoint, and classical form. Her composition honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Koussevitzky Commission from the Library of Congress, a Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Otto Eckstein Fellowship from Tanglewood. In 2014, she joined the composition faculty at Princeton University as Assistant Professor. Visit juriseomusic.com for more information.

*Photo credit Andrew Wilkinson

Commissioned works:

Sonatine (Piano solo - I. Intermediate, II. Beginning, III. Advanced) $18
Arco (violin and piano duo) $10

Sample pages

Competition Information

Every year, the NJMTA commissions a living composer to create four original compositions for piano students to learn and perform in a competition. A performance of these pieces by the winners is held in November to promote interest in new music by living composers.

Chairperson: Emily Lau

Audition date and location: Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Westminster Choir College

Winner(s): The winner(s) will be chosen by the composer and will perform at the NJMTA State Conference on Sunday, November 11, at 9:00 AM, at Westminster Choir College. 

How to Enter: Online registration only. Register here.

Registration Fee: $45 for solo piano, $30 per performer for duo

Registration Deadline: Registration and payment must be received by Monday, September 24, 2018. 
A late fee of $40 is charged for registration or payment received between Sep 25 and Sep 29. 

Memorization: Memorization is required for all solo pieces. Memorization is optional for ensemble piece.

Participation rules: A student may only participate in one level (beginning, intermediate, or advanced) in the piano solo category. A student participating in a solo category may also enter into the duo category as well. Only pre-college students can enter the competition. No adult professional accompanists are allowed.
Separate application fees must be paid for each category. Students must bring their own original music score to the competition. The composer will offer his/her autograph as requested.

  • If the regular teacher is incapacitated or on sabbatical leave
  • If the family moves out of the area
  • In the case of a collegiate freshmen or transfer student
  • Under such circumstances, a certified letter explaining and approving the change in teachers must be submitted with the official application form. Both teachers must be recognized in any matter related to the competition. 

Teacher Duty Deposit FeeA separate duty deposit fee is required for all participating teachers, both member and non-member. If this is the only event that you are entering students in on this date, please pay the teacher duty fee with this registration. If you are entering students in two or more events on this date, (YMC Piano, YMC Piano Duet, Master Class Audition, Composer Commission Competition) please submit the teacher duty fee with the event registration in which you have the highest number of students entered. Duty fees may be paid online with your registration, or paid with a separate check from the Registration Fee. The deposit fee/check will be returned after the duty is fulfilled, or cashed if the teacher fails to fulfill his/her assigned job.

For 2018 auditions, please send:

$55 to enter up to 10 entries

$80 to enter 11–20 entries

$105 to enter more than 20 entries


Registration DeadlineSubmitted/postmarked no later than Monday, September 24, 2018. A late fee of $40 is charged for entries submitted between September 25 and September 28. Absolutely no forms will be accepted after September 28. Late application forms will not be processed until the late fee is received. Any fees sent by mail must be sent via regular mail - NO CERTIFIED MAIL, PLEASE!

Once the application form is sent and accepted by the chairperson, names of students cannot be substituted.

Student EligibilityStudents of any age up through the collegiate undergraduate level are invited to compete, and they will be grouped by their age as of October 1 of the competition year. Entrants must have studied the performance medium of the competition with the same teacher for a minimum of six months out of the nine months immediately preceding November 1. Except:


Teacher Eligibility: See General Guidelines.

Member Teachers: Current membership dues for MTNA and NJMTA must be paid by September 1, 2018, in order to enter students in any Fall Young Musicians Competition Event.

Non-member Teachers: Non-members have the option of either becoming a member of MTNA and NJMTA by September 1, 2018, OR paying a Teacher Entry Fee of $150.00.

An exception to the September 1 payment of teacher dues will be granted to a teacher joining NJMTA for the very first time. The one-time exception will allow the teacher to pay state dues on or before the deadline of the competition. An NJMTA member with Student Membership status may not enter students. The teacher and the entrant may not be the same individual. The Primary teacher of the performing medium of the competition must be the teacher who enters the student in the competition.




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