In an effort to find another means for furthering its mission to encourage and promote choral music in North Carolina, the High School Choral Section of NCMEA began the Student Composition Showcase in 2014. The objectives of the showcase are to acknowledge and to reward outstanding high school student composers by presenting the selected piece(s) at the NCMEA conference. The student composer winner will be formally recognized and congratulated during the annual Fall Conference.

The selection committee will be appointed by the High School Choral Section Awards Chair and will include NCMEA members who are composers and teachers in North Carolina. The selection committee will review each submitted work to determine if the composition is deserving of the honor, is accessible yet challenging for a high school level choir and is representative of works performed by high schools in North Carolina.

Eligibility: Students must be enrolled in a NC High School Vocal Music or Music Theory course. Teachers must be current members of NCMEA/NAfME. Students may submit more than one composition.

Application Window/Deadline: December 1st - Midnight on May 1. Please read through this application far in advance from the due date to gather the necessary materials and information before submitting.

Disclaimer: It is understood that NCMEA will not assume financial responsibility for travel, food, or lodgings. This application implies that the above-mentioned participants are prepared to travel and visit the conference if accepted.

The high school choral performances typically take place at the Stevens Center in Winston-Salem on the Monday afternoon of the NCMEA conference. The winner of this award will be recognized at this concert.