Violettes by Becky Youth Composition Competition for 2018 is Go

November 28, 2017, 6:08 AM · I received an email from a student inquiring about our composition competition. I sent her the following response:

I'm not holding it this year because I used my energies to fund raise for schools instead and there were too few entries for the amount of work that I pour into the competition, but I feel bad turning anyone down. So I will make you a proposition. (Compositions have been due on Feb. 14.)

If you like, I can do a competition with a minimum of my effort. I will give one first prize of $100 with a $15 entry fee, and one second prize of a $50 gift certificate to a sheet music store, and a third prize of a set of my music lesson note cards. I can get 2 composition judges. (One will be past winner Elise Arancio)

The young lady replied that yes, she is interested.

(Depending on numbers) I am not planning on separating ages. The competition is for students under 19 and not in college yet. This young lady is a high school freshman, but I'll hazard to guess, she is really good.

I have had 7 students express interest so far.

Compositions are supposed to be 5 minutes max., but we have had a few winners, who go over by a couple minutes. Rules and registration are found at Violettes by Becky.

Register and pay now, and turn in Written and recorded versions of composition without your name on them by February 14, 2018.

Looking for one more judge, student or professional. I send you grading criteria. I send you entries around Feb. 15 and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place along with an encouraging constructive review for each entry is due around April 10. If I get over 10 entries, I will break up competition into ages and find two more judges.

Becky Chaffee
Hallmark Artist
Owner, Music Gifts
Giving Back to Youth Education


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