Composer Commissioning Program

The ISMTA Composer Commisioning program is a great way for composers who are residents of Illinois to showcase their talent at the state level with their composition being performed at the state conference. Additionally, the selected composer will compete nationally against other state winners for the MTNA Distinguished Composer of the year competition. 

Call for Submissions for the 2019 Commissioned Composer

The submission deadline was March 1, 2019. Please check back in next year.

The Illinois State Music Teachers Association (ISMTA), in conjunction with the Music teachers National Association (MTNA), announces the call for submissions for the 2019 ISMTA Composer Commissioning Program.

The composer will be selected based on the submission materials required below. Only composers who are residents of Illinois will be considered. The selected composer will compose a composition for solo or small chamber ensemble (three or fewer performers) not to exceed 10 minutes total time.  The Premiere of the composition will be at the 2019 ISMTA Conference at Eastern Illinois University on November 1-2. The commission must be completed one month before the conference date.

Award: $1500. There will be no additional payment to cover expenses incurred in the writing, performance, recording of the composition premiere, or for travel expenses incurred for travel and/or accommodations to attend the premiere.

The commissioned work is submitted as ISMTA’s entry in the MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year. The winning composition of the MTNA Competition is performed at the 2020 MTNA National Conference held March 21-25 in Chicago. 

Please fill out and submit the form below to be considered for the 2019 conference commission. Deadline for submissions: February 28th, 2019.

The Commissioned Composer will be announced no later than March 31st, 2019.

Commissioned Composer Chairperson 
Amy Jo Sawyer

Please direct any questions to

Past Commissioned Composers


2012    DANIEL KNAGGS             GENERATIONS                                      FLUTE, CLARINET, PERCUSSION, PIANO, VIOLIN AND CELLO

2014    AMY JO SAWYER            1) NEW ORLEANS STOMP
                                                   2) REVERIE
                                                   3) ESPANA"                                           SOLO PIANO

2017    DALLIN GULL                    RADIANCE                                             PIANO, CELLO  AND VIOLIN

2019    IVETTE HERRYMAN RODRIGUEZ        TBD                                     SOLO OR SMALL CHAMBER ENSEMBLE (3 OR FEWER PLAYERS)