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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 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

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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.


Audition date and location:

Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Westminster Choir College


The winner(s) will be chosen by the composer and will perform at the NJMTA State Conference. Teachers will be notified as to the exact time of the performance. Date and location TBA.

How to Enter:

Registration will be available online in the fall.

Registration Fee:

$40 for solo piano, $25 per performer for duo

Registration Deadline:

Registration and payment must be received by Monday, September 24, 2018. 
A late fee of $35 is charged for registration or payment received between Sep 25 and Sep 29. 


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.

Teacher duty fee is not required for this event. Please read the "General Information" on page 25 in the Yearbook for additional information.

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