Louisiana Federation of Music Clubs

Junior Composers Contest

LFMC has awards for the LFMC Junior Composers Contest winners!


LFMC Junior Composers Contest Awards

Class IV: First Place $200, Second Place $100

Class III: First Place $150, Second Place $75

Class II: First Place $100, Second Place $50

Class I: First Place $50, Second Place $25

And NFMC offers additional awards up to $300.


  Congratulations to the following 2023 LFMC Junior Composers Contest Winners!

 The following students earned Gold Cups in the Junior Composers contests this year:


CONGRATULATIONS to our Juniors who advanced in judging to Regional and National Judging!
who won third place in the National Competition earning the $150 Olga K. Nelson Award!
First and Second Place winners in each Class advance to regional judging.

       Chairman: Melanie Perez, MelaniePerezPiano@gmail.com
       The LFMC Junior Composers Contest encourages Junior members to develop their talents in composition.
       All LFMC Junior Composers applications and materials must be uploaded to the NFMC website. 
Follow the directions on the JR 7-1 form for uploading all materials to the NFMC website.
       Entrant must be a member of an LFMC Junior Club.
       Only one composition per student may be entered.
Compositions will be judged on the following categories: Melody, Harmony, Rhythm, Form, Originality,
Appropriate Writing for the Instrument(s),Idiomatic Constructs, Expressive Content, Notation, Other.
       Gold Cups!  LFMC now fully participates in the official Federation Gold Cup program for the Junior Composers Contest.
       It is a wonderful point system based on their ratings.  And the points are HIGHER in the Junior Composers Contest! 
A Superior earns 7 or 8 points (see below)!
       So Gold Cups have the potential to be awarded sooner and more frequently!
       Gold Cup Points awarded as follows:
       8 points for a Superior for 2 or more instruments
       7 points for a Superior
       6 points for an Excellent
       5 points for a Satisfactory
       3 points for a Fair
       1 point for a Needs Improvement
       Entries will be judged in four divisions:

Junior Class I - ages 9 and under
Junior Class II - ages 10 - 12
Junior Class III - ages 13 - 15
Junior Class IV - ages 16 - 18
Ages are determined as of March 1.

          The TOTAL fee is $21:

                  NFMC Contest Fee:        $5

                  State Fee:                      $10

                  Federation Cup Fee:      $6

                  Total:                               $21

There are three (3) parts to the application (score, recording, payment).

All three parts must be uploaded to the NFMC website prior to February 1, 2024 (www.NFMC-music.org)

(NOTE: The Application Form (JR 7-2) is no longer used.)

Two compositions in each Class will be forwarded to the Regional Chairman.  NFMC offers cash awards up to $300 for national winners.

Follow the rules and the submission process on the JR 7-1 (see link below to download).  

You can download the rules and application form by clicking the links below. After downloading, print, fill out, and mail the form. You must have Acrobat Reader to view and print these forms. Acrobat Reader is free, you can get it here.


Download rules, JR 7-1



Student Name, Age

Composition Title

Teacher Name

1st Ava Mai, 9

“The Spelunky Spirit”

Melanie Perez

2nd Sophia Perez, 9, Regional HM

“The Brave Knight’s Funeral”

Melanie Perez


1st Nicholas Chen, 12

“Duet for Oboe and Piano”

Melanie Perez

2nd Aaliyah Poptani, 10

“Circus Gone Wrong”

Rebecca Bellelo


1st Advait Ramesh, 15, Regional Winner

“The Cat and the Mouse”

Evan Arceneaux

2nd Isabella Hays, 14

“The Storm Within”

Rebecca Bellelo


1st Matthew Vuong, 16

“Westward Bound”

Melanie Perez

2nd Adam Ledet, 18

“Great Hills”

Melanie Perez