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2017 Commissioned Composer Competition

Jonathan Chapman Cook

(b.1984) is a composer, pianist, organist, and teacher based in Lexington, Virginia.

Jonathan received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Composition from Western Michigan University in 2009, where he studied with C. Curtis-Smith and Richard Adams. He received his Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan in 2011. In addition to maintaining a rigorous composing and performance schedule, Jonathan teaches a studio of 30 piano students, and serves as the organist and music director of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Hot Springs, Virginia.

Please join us for the "Meet the Composer" session!

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 2:30pm

NJMTA Conference at Westminster Choir College

Commissioned works:

Time Travel Minuet (beginning piano) $5
Muzio is Lost in a Maze (intermediate piano) $6
Etude No.2 "The River" (Advanced piano) $7
Moonstone (Alto sax / piano duo) $10

Sample pages

Scores are now available for purchase. Click here for the Music Order Form.

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 5, 2017 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 25, 2017. 
A late fee of $35 is charged for registration or payment received between Sep 26 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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