Youth Composition Competition by Music Gift Co.

Violettes by Becky, Music Gift Co., Presents

our 6th Annual Youth Composition Competition

Music Gift Co., Violettes by Becky, gives back to Youth Music Programs, and creates some of its own Youth Music Programs.

Register now HERE. There is a $25 late entry fee**.  Send Score and MP-3 or You tube by Feb. 14, 2019 to  Note that you can register by paying early, but submit entry on Feb. deadline.           Thank you.

This year, there is only one category and one age range for judging purposes, unless something surprising happens.

Music gift, Piano Gifts, Violin Gifts I had the pleasure of presenting Elise with her check in person. And a special music gift, a Violettes by Becky Viola Purse too.

Judges are past winner, Elise Arancio and University of Tennessee, Knoxville Composition Professor Andrew Lloyd Sigler. See more about judges at the bottom of this page.

Thanks so much to our volunteer judges!


Prizes are - 

First place: $100 or choice of purse or wallet.

Second Place: $50 gift Certificate from a Sheet Music Store

Third Place: $25 Gift certificate from a Sheet Music Store


1. Entries must be amateur composers who are ages 10 thru 18 on Feb. 14, 2019. For judging,  (Students must still be in High School).
2. Compositions/Songs must be between two and five minutes in length.
3. Collaborative work accepted (partner must be in same age group). It will be the responsibility of the entry writer to divide the prize. No songs under professional contract may be entered.
4. Submissions must consist of a score, and an MP-3 (or MP-4 or Memory Stick) or video. For ages 10 thru 14, score is not required, but will be given more weight in judging.
5. Top 30 entries in each division will be judged by two independent professional musicians. Students of judges may not enter. (In the case of over 30 entries in a division, Violettes will use a committee to choose the top 30). Each student in top 30 will receive at least one feedback critique from judges.
6. Register (and pay) to enter by Dec. 31, 2018, but submit composition as late as Feb. 14, 2019. Late fee goes up to $25 if you register after Dec. 31.
7. Compositions/Songs are due by February 14, 2019. Submit to Violettes "Contact us" email or
8. Winners will be announced on April 15, 2019.
9. Registering for the competition means that you agree that your work is original and that you hold all rights to the composition/song.
10. Entry constitutes permission to use winner's names, likenesses, and voices for future advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation.
11. Submission constitutes entrant's agreement to release, indemnify and hold harmless Violettes and judges from and against any claim, including, without limitation, of copyright infringement or other misappropriation, arising from any acts or omissions in connection with the contest or its operation.

12. If you are interviewed by the press as a result of this competition, you are required to tell the press, they must mention and thank the company, ", Gifts for Music Lovers" in the press release for conducting the competition.

**If you can not afford the entry fee, we can waive your fee. Also, please note that this competition is a labor of love, and the fee does not begin to cover the labor involved. Support us if you can with purchase from Violettes by Becky. Everyone needs to give gifts. Thanks.

Please keep informed by signing up for the Violettes Newsletter.

Judging Criteria

  • Judging Criteria for the Compositions will include up to 5 points assigned to each of the following 3 categories: 1. Originality/Creativity, 2.Technical Proficiency 3. Orchestration and Overall Effectiveness
    (Note that the majority of entries are entered on just one instrument).


Andrew Lloyd Sigler is Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he directs the composition program and teaches audio recording, film scoring, theory, and orchestration. He will be assisted in judging by some of his composition students. His web site link is    He often gives winners bonus skype composition lessons.

Elise Arancio is a eighteen year old composer based in Atlanta. In 2014 she made her
debut with the premiere of her string orchestra piece Fly By Night at Emory University. Since
then she has attended summer programs at Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Curtis
Institute of Music, where she has participated in masterclasses with composers such as Joan
Tower and John Mackey. Her piece On the Line was a winner of the 2016 National Young
Composers Challenge. The piece Kuma Lisa, premiered at the Curtis Institute of Music, earned
an honorable mention in the Tribeca New Music Young Composers Competition and the
NextNotes High School Composition Competition and her piece Nyctophobia was a finalist in
the 2017 BMI Student Composer Awards. In 2017 and 2018 she served as a judge for the Violettes. She gives excellent detailed feedback!
Composition Competition, and she currently studies with Richard Prior of Emory University. She
is also an active violist currently studying with Yinzi Kong of the Vega Quartet.

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