MTNA and OhioMTA commission a composer of the year each year. As stated on the MTNA website:

 “MTNA is dedicated to encouraging the creation of new works by American composers and annually assists its affiliated State Associations with the generation and performance of new music through the national Composer Commissioning program. A newly commissioned work receives its premiere performance at the convention of the State MTA responsible for that commission…and is submitted to the national commission committee.”  Names are solicited from the membership; a member or local association may nominate a composer, or a composer (MTNA) member may nominate themselves. 


  1. You must be a resident of, or student in, the state of Ohio and at least 18 years old
  2. Submit a recent resume or curriculum vitae, 3-4 different scores and CD recordings to the state Commissioning Chair, electronic files are accepted with scores in pdf and recordings in MP3 format
  3. A Commissioning Committee, which includes the current VP for Conferences, recommends a composer for approval by the Executive Committee​



  • December 1. 2018 – Deadline for submissions
  • January 1, 2019 – Recommendations made to Executive Committee
  • January Meeting – Decision made by Executive Committee
  • June 1, 2019 – Deadline for completion of commissioned work
  • October 2019 – Premiere performance of commissioned work (OhioMTA State Conference)

Submit all materials to:
Margarita Denenburg, Heidelburg University, 310 E. Market St., Tiffin, Ohio 44883, 419-448-2981,

Commissioned Composer


Ohio Music Teachers Association (OhioMTA) is now accepting proposals for the 2019 State Conference being held October 24-26, 2019. The Conference Site is The Franciscan Center of Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio. Workshops, panels, and lecture-recitals are welcome.

Please provide the following information when submitting your proposal:


Page 1

  • Your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address

  • Type of presentation (lecture, workshop, lecture-recital, etc.)

  • Title of the presentation

  • A brief summary of the presentation, including relevance of topic to OhioMTA audience

  • Equipment needs 

Page 2

  • A brief bio of the presenter(s) 


  • Jpeg photo (headshot) of presenter(s)

Submit Proposals via e-mail to:

Submissions deadline is January 5, 2019

Session and Composer of the year proposal