Composition Festival

Uri Ayn Rovner, Chair :

Since 1993 AMTA Composition Festivals provide students of AMTA teachers the opportunity to create, write, record, and perform their own compositions.  Each year’s recital is scheduled for the month of January.  Students may elect to enter the festival for critique only, and not play in the recital.

AMTA is always proud of the students who take the extra time for this project, and display their music writing skills.  Each year a Colorado published composer critiques each composition with encouraging and informative comments.  Comment sheets are returned at the recital in January.

Entry Deadline:                      December 9, 2017  to Uri Ayn Rovner
Festival Recital Date:            January 14, 2018 2:00 pm
Festival Recital Location:    Aurora Central Library
                                                          14949 E. Alameda Parkway Community Room
                                                          Aurora, CO  80012      
Composition Flyer:                AMTA 2018 Composition Reg. Form
Registration Fee:                     $20.00 per AMTA Student/2018
                                                          $30.00 per non-AMTA teacher student/2018
Teacher Entry Fee:                       Non-AMTA teachers will pay a flat fee of $35

To participate in the Composition Festival, students will enter their compositions by the deadline, along with a recording of their composition.  Compositions will be sent to the Colorado Composer who will give written comments on the comment sheet.  All participating students are then invited to perform their original compositions at the Festival Recital in January. Performance in the Festival Recital is not mandatory.  Compositions and comment forms are returned to students at the January recital.

To enter students follow these three steps:
1.  Place a copy of the composition , a recording of the piece (or email an uploaded soundfile to, and a check for $20 (made out to AMTA) in a manila envelope.

2.  On the outside of the envelope write:   Student Name and Age
                                                                            Phone #
                                                                            Composition Title
                                                                            Teacher’s Name
                                                                            Playing in Recital?  Yes or No

3.  Deliver to Uri Ayn Rovner  at Calliope Music Studio, by December 9, 2018.

NOTE:   Please inform your students and their families as to AMTA Student Recital Audience Etiquette & AMTA Student Recital Performance Etiquette When performing in any recital related to AMTA events, teachers are expected to share and educate their students/families as to performance and audience guidelines when attending recitals.

 Here are AMTA’s Student Compositions from our January 2017 Recital: 
       Student                   Composition Title        Teacher
       Kiandra Phelps         Melodies of Hope             Catherine Williams
       Ryker Phelps             Fire Truck at the Fair      Catherine Williams
       Valliappan Chidambaram     Untitled               Dr. Lou Novak
       Jeremy Levy              Skiing                                  Uri Ayn Rovner
        Joshua Zach             Waves                                  Kerry Cottingham
       Annie Faulkner         Sunny Day                          Cynthia Allor
       William Martens      A Bruxelles                         Uri Ayn Rovner
        Owen Pick                Hello December                 Mike Castro
        Christian Caruso     Invisible Jazz                     Mike Castro
        Jordan Graham       Tears from the Moon       Uri Ayn Rovner
        Nako Han Thong     Muffin’s Bounce Waltz    Dr. Lou Novak
        Elaina Lyons            Electric Beat                       Kerry Cottingham

Photo, from left to right, of Guest Colorado Composer Andrew Halladay, Teacher Uri Ayn Rovner, with student William Martens at the piano.