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  • Violettes Youth Composition Competition & Songwriter Contest

    Violettes by Becky Presents

    our 4rth Annual Youth Composition Competition & Songwriter Contest

    Register now HERE. There is a $15 entry fee**.  Send Score and MP-3 or You tube by Feb. 14, 2017 to  (Registration after Dec. 31 goes up to $20) Note that you can register by paying early, but submit entry on Feb. deadline.           Thank you.

    There are separate categories for composition and songwriter entries. Each is divided into 2 age levels for judging and prizes. Thanks to sponsors Violettes by Becky for Gig bags and Cash, Board Member Bennye St. Claire for obtaining Songwriter Grand Prize TBA, Performers Music and Sheet Music Plus for Sheet Music Gift Certificates for prize donations. Thanks to all volunteer judges!

    • Bios for Composition and Songwriter Judges can be found HERE.
    • Judging Criteria for both Composition and Songwriter entries posted at bottom of this page.


    Composition Theme: Being Me Now!
    A song is sometimes the melody, sometimes the lyrics and sometimes the heart. However your song comes thru, let it fly. Share your reflections and introspection.

    1. Entries must be amateur composers/songwriters who are ages 10 thru 18 on Feb. 14, 2017. For judging, Junior Division will be ages 10 thru 14 and, Senior Division will be ages 15 thru 18. (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 to enter by Feb. 14, 2017. Registration after Dec. 31, 2016 goes up to $20. You can register and pay early, then send entry on deadline.
    7. Compositions/Songs are due by February 14, 2017. Submit to Violettes "Contact us" email or
    8. Winners will be announced on April 15, 2017.
    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 the generous 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.


    Prizes for Composition & Songwriter Competition 


    Please try to patronize our wonderful sponsors.

    * We especially thank our new Board Member, Bennye St. Claire who helped obtain songwriting judges and who is securing songwriter grand prize.

    Bennye J. St.Claire - President - Texas Universal Management has been in the country music industry since 1976. He has worked with such artists as The Oak Ridge Boys, Eddie Raven, Gena Roberts-Hamilton (Country Gospel Singer), Gayla Earline (Gospel Singer), and others too many to mention. He has managed several up and coming vocalists. He also acts as a booking agent for South Bound Train, The Jason Helms Band, T.Kaye and Sweetfire and others.

    Violettes by Becky is a creative company hiring visual artists and serving youth music programs. We sell musical-instrument-shaped purses and gig bags. Please support our work. Violin, Guitar and Piano and Ukulele Purses are unique gifts from Fill them with concert tickets...Violin Purse, guitar Purse, Piano purse, ukulele gift, composition competition, writing a songViolin, Piano, Guitar and Ukulele Purses or Gig Bags make Awesome Gifts!

    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).
    • Judging Criteria for the Songwriter Competition
      will include up to 5 points assigned to each of the following categories:
      1. Emotional Impact, 2. Individuality and Creativity, 3. Meaningful Lyrics, 4. Melody

    Points will be deducted for going over the 5 minute time limit for each entry.

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  • School Enters Several Children in Violettes by Becky Music Competition

    Presenting Our New York Music Competition Students

    Our music competition finds New York. Three students from Veritas Academy High School In Flushing, New York entered the competition. For the second year, outstanding teacher Dr. Michael Eisenberg challenged his students to write a song for the competition. It gives them a goal, and he says entering a competition is an exciting challenge for them.  Often, his class is their first introduction to music instruction.

    This year,  Violettes by Becky presented the 3 students who entered honorable mentions with certificates that were presented in a special ceremony with the school principals and personalized little prizes.  In addition, we were able to collect $200 in donations for the teacher to use on classroom supplies. Dr. Eisenberg will use the funds for "guitar capos, for keyboard headsets and adaptors, for keyboard pedals, and for guitar amps and cables".

    Next we present the students:

    Music competition, Guitar Purse, gifts for music lovers Melany wins honorable mention in Violettes by Becky Songwriter Music Competition

    "I'm Melany and music is my life. It helped me through hard times and now I can't wait to evolve in the music world. My teacher Dr. Eisenberg has been a big help. And now I'm working really hard to improve my voice. My influence has always been Etta James. I'm so thankful for entering this competition. It encouraged me to keep going and keep writing. My dream is to tell my story one day through music."

    Gifts for Music Lovers, Guitar Purse, Music Competition Tiffany also gets Honorable Mention in Music Competition

    "My name is Tiffany. I live in Queens, NY. Music has been a huge part of my life. Everyday I pretend as if I am performing for a sold-out show. One day that will be reality. This competition meant so much to me because it shows I have potential as a songwriter although it's so competitive. My goal is to become a singer-songwriter and philanthropist."

    Music Competition, Gifts for Music Lovers, Guitar Purse Jibril, Honorable Mention

    "My name is Jibril. I love music and it is something that I really enjoy. It is an important part of my life. This is something that I have been involved in since I was very young. In addition, I am an athlete but music is something that is something i would like to accomplish a lot in. However, I would like to become a lawyer. Thank you Violette's by Becky for supporting my exploring music and writing songs!"


    Thank you students! Hope to see you next year!

    Becky Chaffee

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  • Samantha Shuma Wins Junior Songwriter Contest

    Bio for Songwriter Contest, Junior Division Winner

    Guitar Purse, American Gifts, Gifts for Music Lovers Samantha Shuma wins 1st place in Violettes Songwriter Contest



    Samantha Shuma, age 13 from McKinney, won 1st place in the 3rd Annual Violettes by Becky Songwriter Competition, Junior Division. Samantha is a songwriter, vocalist, mandolin player, and actress. She started instrument lessons at age 5 and voice at age 6. After studying violin, piano, and guitar, she fell in love with the mandolin. She now takes both acoustic and electric mandolin lessons. She plays Bluegrass, Rock, and Pop, and is involved in musical theatre. Samantha wrote her first song 2 years ago. “I like to write about my thoughts and feelings being 13. Sometimes, it is difficult to find songs for my age, so I write them.”



    Samantha won for her original song "Hooked". She wrote song lyrics with music. Contest entries were judged on emotional impact, individuality and creativity, meaningful lyrics, and melody.

    Samantha regularly appears in live shows through the McKinney and Frisco School of Rock performance programs. She also travels across the country to attend music intensives like Acoustic Music Camp, Hill Country Acoustic Music Camp, and Camp Bluegrass. Samantha likes to shoot and edit videos for her music. This summer, she will be taking songwriting camps and a studio recording camp to learn more about creating sound tracks. “I enjoy performing, especially my own songs, and my goal is to have a successful career in the music industry,” expressed Samantha.

    Music Art Cards to Benefit Youth Music Competition

    The Youth Music Competition will earn 100% from card profits thru the end of May 2016, and 20% after that. Please support our work with card purchases at this LINK. You can buy a set of all the same or an assortment. We are currently working on more cards, and love requests.

    Gifts for Music Lovers, Violin Gifts Purchase Music Art Greeting Cards, Blank inside with Practice Tips on Back to benefit our Youth Music Competition.
  • Carli Tuttle, 2nd Place Songwriter Competition Winner

    2nd Place in Songwriter Competition from Melbourne Beach, Florida

    gifts for music lovers, guitar purse Carli Tuttle wins U.S. Music Corp. guitar

    The Violettes by Becky Annual Youth Composition and Songwriter Competition is national, so winning is not easy. We would like to present Carli Tuttle, 2nd place senior songwriter winner. Thanks to U.S. Music Corp. for the donation of her guitar. Carli hails from Melbourne Beach, Florida.

    Carli Tuttle, 16, attends Melbourne High School where she is the FCA Worship Leader and is a performer in the Melbourne High Masquerade Musical Theatre. She won a songwriting competition in Nashville last summer at Annie Moses Band Fine Arts Summer Academy and was given the amazing opportunity to perform her original song at the legendary Bluebird Cafe. Her favorite subjects in school are History, English, and Anatomy. She also plays volleyball for her high school varsity team. Carli started guitar lessons at the age of 8.... She also plays the piano, electric guitar, and ukulele. She started writing songs when she was 12 years old. Carli loves encouraging her siblings to sing and play instruments. She has 3 brothers and one sister.


    Music Art Cards to Benefit Youth Music Competition

    The Youth Music Competition will earn 100% from card profits thru the end of May 2016, and 20% after that. Please support our work with card purchases at this LINK. You can buy a set of all the same or an assortment. We are currently working on more cards, and love requests.

    Gifts for Music Lovers, Violin Gifts Purchase Music Art Greeting Cards, Blank inside with Practice Tips on Back to benefit our Youth Music Competition.

  • Student Bios for Youth Music Competition 2016

    Knoxville Songwriter, Emma Rowe, a music-themed gift company, held its 3rd Annual Youth Composition and Songwriter Competition for ages 10 thru 18, with scores and recordings submitted on-line. Volunteer judges are music professionals, who review the students’ entries not only for prize placement, but with an aim to provide encouraging constructive comments. The competition is divided into 2 categories, Composition and Songwriter, each with a junior and senior division.

    Two local students entered with impressive work, Emma Rowe, Junior Songwriter and Samuel Aba, Senior Composition. Emma won a 2nd place in the Junior Songwriting category.

    I had the joy of meeting Emma in person to deliver her certificate. She and her 2 younger sisters were on their way to a Daddy Daughter camping trip.

    Violin Gifts, Guitar Purse Gifts for Music Lovers Emma Rowe receiving her certificate for the Violettes by Becky Youth Music Competition

    Emma Rowe

    Emma is a 12 year old rising eighth grader. This fun, active girl loves many different styles of writing! She sings, acts and helps write shows for the musical theater troupe she has been with for five years.  Emma studies writing in her homeschooling co-op. She was the 2014 First Runner-up in the National World War II Museum Essay Contest. Emma is currently writing two books, one a non-fiction story set in an area of land in Kentucky she saw while on a trip, and another a guide to healthy eating. She hopes to publish both! She loves to read, swim, and play with dogs and cats. Those are only three of the many things Emma enjoys doing! She also entered the Violettes by Becky Music Composing Contest twice, entering an original tune and lyrics both times. Emma is grateful to her friends, family members, and teachers who edit her musical score compositions, lyrics, essays, and books.

    Music Art Cards to Benefit Youth Music Competition

    The Youth Music Competition will earn 100% from card profits thru the end of May 2016, and 20% after that. Please support our work with card purchases at this LINK. You can buy a set of all the same or an assortment. We are currently working on more cards, and love requests.

    Gifts for Music Lovers, Violin Gifts Purchase Music Art Greeting Cards, Blank inside with Practice Tips on Back to benefit our Youth Music Competition.

  • Youth Music Competition Status Update (Revised)

    From the Desk of Violettes by Becky

    Regarding the 3rd Annual Youth Music Composition

    Dear Music Competition Folks,

    We are working diligently to finalize our late judging for the Violettes 3rd Annual Youth Music Competition by next weekend. We had 2 three way ties, we had judges who voted for different first place candidates and we had traveling judges, sick judges, and even judges who didn't properly receive all the student entry links. (My bad).

    With continuous back and forth with judges this week, and even asking an extra music professional help to break a conflicting vote, "winners" are being finalized. We have judges going back to make minute scoring tweaks to help us come up with the official winners. In other words, the entries are all winners, and we have to painfully decide on who gets the prizes.

    Gifts for Music Lovers, Music Competition, Pick Banjos, Not Fights while finalizing music competition results!
    Gifts for Music Lovers, Violin Purse, Music Competition Practice Tip:  Practice Slowly

    While waiting for the results, please check out the new line of  whimsical cards we have with Practice Tips on the back (and blank middles). They are created from hand painted originals by Becky Chaffee (me). Profits from On-Line Sales thru May 31 go directly to the 2017 youth competition. To view more cards, see Link 1 and Link 2.

  • Music and the Brain Or How did Trump Get In?

    What Does Music & the Brain Have to Do With it?

    What has music and the brain have to do with it? Music helps the brain in so many ways for all ages. So if you are playing music, we hope you are intelligent, and don't need to be told to not vote for Trump.

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    Violettes by Becky, selling Gifts for Music Lovers like our Hand painted by Becky Peace Sign "Woodstock" Guitar Purse, has a rare plea for politics. Please send me answers entered at the bottom of this page.

    How can Trump be taken seriously by anyone? Is it only the uneducated? Do people not understand that much of his "facts" are fabricated? Do they not see that he is a hate monger? Do they not understand his parallels to Hitler?

    I don't know where I have been, but I am now introduced to comedian John Oliver. Check his fact full "acts" on Trump. You can find it on You tube. While you're at it, check out his acts with facts and humor about the Refugee situation and about the Refugee vetting Process...

    This is the message Sierra Club is sending out about Trump: 

    "A man so arrogant he claims he would have skipped the Paris climate summit... so unwilling to be contradicted he insists climate change science is a hoax... so bigoted he says he can't 'Unequivocally Condemn' the KKK's David Duke... could be our next president."

    With that in mind, have you listened to the most recent Al Gore Ted Talk about climate changes? This is worth a look. It is a critical issue for the world right now, and Trump...

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    On this NOTE (says Violettes by Becky, who sells an amazing personally designed Violin Purse and gig bag), the refugee crisis is nothing now, compared to how it will be with "climate refugees" by 2050.  From a National Geographic article, scientists predict the number will rise to at least 50 million by 2050. Some say it could be as high as 200 million. This will result from parts of our planet that become uninhabitable. "Climate Refugees". Yes, people from the middle east will flood the US, and ... Probably so many, that we won'y be able to control them by laws and walls.

    Get responsible people! Do not vote for Trump!!!

    Just so you know, we can paint anything you like on a guitar purse. Send us photos of your pet if you like. Check our our animal theme Guitar Purse selection.

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  • Young Violette (s) Band Meets Gift Ideas for Music Lovers

    Gift Ideas for Music Lovers -

    Recording of Young Violettes or Band Poster?

    Dear Gentle Readers,

    Or a Guitar Purse?! You arrived here because you love that all girl rock group called Young Violettes that you see in a television Commercial. You are not alone! Our Violettes website statistics from the last three months is posted below. It shows over 4,000 people landing on the Violettes by Becky site looking for info about the Young Violettes (or Violette) Group. I have spent a lot of time researching this for you, and have posted several blogs on this group. I can tell you that it is just a TV commercial, However never fear, because music festival season is approaching fast! And if you love girl rock groups you should love our Gift ideas for Music Lovers. Enter Free Drawing at the bottom of this page.

    Gift ideas for Music Lovers, Guitar Purse, All About that Bass Two of these Young Violettes Models are (or have been) in a Rock Band! They love their hand painted Guitar Purse!
    Gift ideas for Music Lovers, Guitar Purse, Young Violettes A great place to come for Gift ideas for Music Lovers, and even for All About that Base fans!

    Since so many folks land here, we would love to know a few things. Can you please answer some questions below? Put your answers in the comments section at the bottom of the page. THANKS!!!!!

    1. 1. Tell us about the music you hear from the Young Violettes Rock band, as I have never seen the commercial.
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    3. 2.Please describe for me how these Young Violettes are dressed? Eclectic fashion, genes and t-shirts...?
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    5. 3.What kind of music genres is your favorite?
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    7. 4.Are you people male or female looking up this group, and are you under 20, or between 20 and 30?
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    9. 5.Do you know that our Guitar Purse makes a great gig bag or man bag painted black with your initials, and are purchased for and by men to hold a head mic., spare picks and strings...?
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    11. 6.In fact, our Hand Painted Guitar Purse can have any painting on it that you like, even your pet, Old Blue! alternatively, if you love crafts, you can send for a DIY Bag to paint your own.
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    13. 7. Lastly, if there were a Young Violettes Rock Band, would you buy a recording of them, tickets to their concert if they came thru town or/and a poster of them?
    Gift ideas for Music Lovers, Guitar Purse, All About that Bass All ages love our Guitar Bag! Whether you are a musician or a fan, they make great gifts! See our Gifts for Him!
    all about that bass, guitar purse, gift ideas for music lovers Its all about that bass. These Bass Purses or Violin gifts are well designed as purses or gig bags!
    Gift Ideas for Music Lovers, Guitar Purse, Young Violettes All About that Bass - Win Guitar Purse
  • Nashville Tourism or Greece?

    Nashville Tourism or Greece?

    If you're planning the Nashville tourism route, you'll need a Violettes Guitar Purse or Fiddle Purse for your outfit. If you plan to attend the Symphony or Opera there, our Grand Piano Purse or Violin Purse maybe more your style. Either for Greece or Nashville, it's that time of the year to plan your summer vacation. So, I sit here spending my days studying Salesforce Apps and have neglected the duty to plan out our 25th Anniversary vacation. Oh, I've gone thru a couple of motions, but not proper planning for such an opportunity. The main thing I think is that I need to bring a suitcase full of "supplies" for refugees that we surely will bump into.

    Since my husband hasn't managed to get an updated passport yet, we may have to check out the Nashville tourism scene this year for a quick short get-away - postponing our big vacation a year; as we want to go before the big summer crowds arrive.

    Going to Nashville?

    I have stayed in some great airbnb's on trips to Nashville. If you want to get the better deals, you need to book early. A top attraction in Nashville, after a festival, is the Country Music Hall of Fame. I have never been on their studio tours, but instead, we stopped at an out of the way studio on our own during a non busy time by luck, and got a private tour. In one of my many trips to Nashville, I stumbled on the beautiful area around Percy Priest Lake. (I am more of a country lover and hiker than a city slicker myself). Of course there are all the music and music star related museums and concert venues. And endless foodie delights in a city so rich in culture. Don't forget to bring your star gazing shades, you just might bump into someone famous. For specific recommendations, contact me thru the bottom of this page.

    Gift ideas for music lover, guitar purse, violin purse Nashville tourism includes a trip to a recording studio. We dropped into the House of Blues wearing a guitar purse.

    Going to Greece?

    But as for Greece, Santorini vacations are rated as the most romantic on lists for honeymoons around the world. Rent a sailboat to an otherwise unreachable beach, have a wine cooking lesson, visit the excavations, see museums of a different sort than you'll find with Nashville tourism. ;) And then climb to the top of a volcano for sunset. The main relatively new museum in Athens is spectacular, and of course is a must.


    A note for traveling in TN. You'll find Violettes Guitar Purses for sale on Beale Street in Memphis, In Nashville Boutiques, in Knoxville at the Soap and Candle Boutique and in Townsend in the Wood-N-Strings Dulcimer Shop (a must stop).

    If you're going to Nashville during one of the endless music festivals, purchase from our Gift Ideas for Music Lovers to compliment your eclectic fashion needs in advance. Remember the Guitar Purse is hand painted, and our artists love requests.

    Lastly, if you have time don't forget to visit the Smoky Mntns and Dolly Parton's attractions in Pigeon Forge, TN. Here is a TN Tourism link:

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    Enter our drawing for a free Guitar Purse by clicking the "button" above!

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