Composers Today—Branch Events



  • Patricia Arand


Assistant Chair

  • Elizabeth Howell

Branch Evaluations

Mendenhall Memorial Composition Contest

Branch Recital

Recital Venue

AMUSE – The Palos Verdes Music Center

550 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 261B

Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

Branch Recital Date

  • April 18, 2020 (SAT) • 7:00pm

    • Online Application and Payment Deadline: March 28, 2020 (SAT) (REVISED)


Application Form or see below

How to Enroll

  1. Students/Parents will complete the online application form available at the link above.

  2. Students/Parents and Teachers will receive submission confirmation e-mails with complete application data.

  3. Information submitted may be edited by Students/Parents and/or Teachers until the application deadline.

Entry Fees

  • Per Composition

    • $30.00 per student


  • Division 1 (ages 6–9)

  • Division 2 (ages 10–13)

  • Division 3 (ages 14–18)

Mendenhall Memorial Composition Contest Prizes

  • Division 1 (ages 6–9): $30

  • Division 2 (ages 10–13): $30

  • Division 3 (ages 14–18): $30


Rules & Guidelines

  • Deadline for application submissions is March 28, 2020 (SAT) (REVISED).

  • All compositions submitted will be entered in the Composers Today Branch Evaluations and be evaluated by two adjudicators, whose decisions are final.

  • Students may elect to concurrently apply to participate in the MTAC South Bay Mendenhall Memorial Composition Contest with no extra entry fee.

  • Evaluation of all compositions will be based upon originality of musical ideas; quality of structure; good use of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic materials, accuracy of editing; neatness and clarity of score; and a suitable title. Program notes (short paragraph) are required.

  • Compositions must be original unpublished works. If borrowed melodies or themes are used, the sources must be given.

  • The Composition may be for any instrument or voice, in any style, and may be hand written or computer notation software.

  • For students entered in the Branch Evaluations only, there is no restriction on the number of measures.

  • For those students entered in the Mendenhall Memorial Composition Contest, the students must write a piece no longer than 40 measures, including mandatory repeats, such as D.C. and D.S.

  • Students may enter both the Branch Evaluations and the Mendenhall Memorial Composition Contest, but students may not enter more than one composition in either event.

  • All students will perform their submitted work(s) at the MTAC South Bay Composers Today Branch Recital and receive a trophy.

  • The winners of the Mendenhall Memorial Composition Contest will receive a monetary prize.

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