The 2017 Carson Thomas Miller Texas Emerging Composers Competition


This annual contest seeks to recognize and reward promising young composers in Texas for exceptional work at the high school level. One 1st Prize winner will receive $300 and a performance of the winning work at the 2017 Sam Houston State University Contemporary Music Festival. 1st, 2nd, and Honorable Mention(s) will receive a winner’s certificate, an SHSU campus tour, and a private lesson with an SHSU faculty composer. This contest is sponsored by Sam Houston State University and the friends and family of the competition’s second annual winner, Carson Thomas Miller.


Email your score in PDF format to the address below. Be sure to include the following information in the email submission: name, mailing address, contact phone number, high school you attend, current grade level. You may also include a MIDI realization or recording, although this is not mandatory. Any sound files must be in MP3 format and included in the email with the score.

Guidelines: Solo/chamber works (up to 8 players) for any combination of instruments and/or voice (including electronic and electro-acoustic works) will be considered. Works for large ensembles will not be considered. Each composer may submit only one score.

Eligibility: The Carson Thomas Miller Texas Emerging Composers Competition is open to any student currently enrolled in a Texas high school.

Email entries to: (Kyle Kindred, coordinator)

Use subject: “2017 STMTECC Submission”

Submission Deadline: Friday, January 13, 2017

13 Jan 2017