Commissioned Composer Competition


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 DATESunday, November 3, 2019 at Westminster Choir College

WINNERSThe winners will be chosen by the composer and will perform at the NJMTA State Conference on November 16-17, 2019. Exact date and time TBD. 

Alexander Timofeev

Alexander Timofeev

Philadelphia‐based composer and pianist Alexander Timofeev merges various Eastern European and American influences to create music of intense emotion, lyricism and dynamic movement.

Timofeev debuted at age 19 performing his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (2003) with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Moldova. Among his accolades is the Audience Choice Award and Commission at the American Composers Orchestra's 2017 Underwood New Music Readings; he is the finalist of 2018 International Competition of the Moscow Conservatory for Young Composers ‘New Classics’, winner of the 2016 Richard Weerts Composition Competition, and finalist of the 2016 Thailand International Composition Festival Competition.

His compositions have been broadcast on WQXR ‐ New York's Classical Music Station and presented in live performances on Pro TV (Romania) and Tele‐Radio Moldova.

As a pianist, Timofeev won Third Prize at the 2007 MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition

(Toronto), First Prizes at Niš International Piano Competition, Serbia (2006) and at the Margaret Guthman Piano Competition, Atlanta. He appeared as a soloist with the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, Iasi Philharmonic Orchestra (Romania), Radio‐Television Orchestra of St. Petersburg (Russia), Eastman School of Music Orchestra, Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras of Moldova and others.

Alexander Timofeev completed his D.M.A. in piano performance at the University of Maryland, College Park (2012). He holds a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music (2008) and B.M. double degree in piano performance and composition from Rowan University (2006). His composition teachers include Zlata Tkach, Harold Oliver, and Lawrence K. Moss. Timofeev studied piano with Veda Zuponcic, Larissa Dedova, Douglas Humpherys, Victor Levinzon, Aliona Vardanean. Alexander Timofeev is currently Artist‐in‐Residence and Adjunct Professor at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey.


Falling Snow (Beginner piano) $3
Two-Step (Intermediate piano) $4
Dance with Mirrors (Advanced piano) $5
Dark Hour (Duet for piano and alto sax/flute/clarinet) $6

Augusta's Dream (concert level piece; available for purchase after premiere performance in November 2019)


order music scores here

See past commissioned composers

HOW TO ENTEROnline registration only. Chamber Duo category is still open.

Registrations for all other categories are now closed.

REGISTRATION FEE$45 for solo piano, $30 per performer for duo

REGISTRATION DEADLINERegistration and payment must be received by September 24, 2019. A late fee of $40 is charged for registration or payment received within one week after the deadline. Absolutely no forms will be accepted after that . 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.

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

PARTICIPATION RULESA 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 DEPOSIT FEE: A 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 2019 auditions, please send:

$55 to enter up to 10 entries

$80 to enter 11–20 entries

$105 to enter more than 20 entries

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY: Students of any age up through the collegiate undergraduate level are invited to compete, and they will be grouped by their age as of October 1st 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 1st except:

    • 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 ELIGIBILITYSee General Guidelines.

Member Teachers: Current membership dues for MTNA and NJMTA must be paid by September 1, 2019, 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, 2019, 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.