Please read the tab “About The Contest” at Also, please read the contest rules at the “Contest Rules” tab.  You can download the application to enter the contest here.  

As you compose, be sure to closely observe the requirements for length and instrumentation at the “About The Contest” tab on this website. Your chance of winning is improved if you adhere to the suggested difficulty level, that is, music that is accessible to reasonably well-developed high school music ensembles.

You may enter one piece each in up to two different categories. You must submit a completely separate application for each piece you enter, including your signature and that of your parent or guardian if you are under age 18 on the date of submission. You may not enter in a category you won in a previous contest year. Do not enter a piece which has won another national contest.

While handwritten scores will be accepted, you are strongly encouraged to employ a computer based notation system in preparing the score and parts, following conventional standards of music notation and part/score preparation. If you aren’t sure what those are, start by asking your music teacher.  There are a variety of resources on the internet, as well.  You must submit a recording or demo of your composition, even if it’s just the audio output of your software.

Prepare your composition’s score without using your name on the score itself. Scores showing the name of the composer will be disqualified.  Do show the title.  Your application (see below) will include the title of your piece, so that we’ll know who composed it.  In the interest of complete impartiality, judges for the contest will not know the names of, or any information about, the composers. Do not include parts in your submission, only the score. If you win, you’ll need to provide a full set of parts at that time.

You may enter by mail or by email. If you enter by mail, your submission must be postmarked before 11:59 PM on December 1, 2017. If you enter by email, your submission must arrive at by the same date/time, Pacific Standard Time.

Download and print the application.  Complete the application and sign it. If you are under age 18 on the date that you submit your composition, your parent’s or guardian’s signature is required. Incomplete applications and/or those without necessary signatures will not be accepted. The application has a place for you to identify a school administrator who can verify your student status. To enter, you must be a high school sophomore, junior, or senior as of December 1, 2017.

If you wish to complete the submission totally online, scan the completed application and email it, along with a pdf of your score and an mp3 of your recording or demo, to

If you wish to mail in your submission, place the application, two copies of your score, and two audio CDs of a performance or demo in a single large envelope, and mail it to:

  • High School Music Contest
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • School of Music
  • 901 E. Alosta Ave
  • PO Box 7000
  • Azusa, CA 91702-7000