This year, the MAGA National Youth Music Arranging Competition will feature arrangements for SATB Choir with optional accompaniment up to 4 instruments . The winning entry will receive $AU 2,500 prize money.
The competition opens on 1st February 2023 and closes 5pm AWST Friday 30th June 2023.
We would like to thank Hal Leonard and ArrangeMe who are our major sponsors this year!
ENTRY FEE: $30 (Can be used as credit towards 3 year Certificate membership)
The MAGA National Youth Music Arranging Competition is open to any music arranger(**) under the age of 30 as at 30th Jun, 2023. Current full MAGA members will not be able to apply. MAGA Certificate members are able to apply, but may not have any help from mentors.
The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will also be considered for complimentary three year MAGA Certificate of Merit Membership to help them work towards Full MAGA membership.
Note: Previous 1st place winners are not eligible to enter the competition for the subsequent 2 years.
** Only Australian Citizens, Permanent Residents or Students on a Visa (Subclass 500 or Subclass 444 - NZ) are eligible to enter.
If the entry fee is not received by the closing date, then the entry will not be considered by the judging panel.
If you have any questions on the competition please contact The Secretary - firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2023, the orchestration is for SATB Choir with optional accompaniment up to 4 instruments. Please see the link below for the detailed requirements and guidlines:
Your arrangement must be no more than 5 minutes in length.
Online Application: Entry will be using a secure online application form HERE.
Application: 1 completed application form.
Score: Your score should be in PDF format. Please do not send notation files.
Note: Please ensure there are no identifying marks on your score to ensure anonymity for judging.
Proof of Eligibility: 1. Australian citizenship; 2. Permanent Residency; or 3. Student Visa (Subclass 500 or Subclass 444 - NZ)
Note: At the end of the competition, any of the identifying the documents supplied are deleted and completely removed from our systems.
Audio: You must provide a recording of a synth or live rehearsal version of the work in MP3 format. This can simply be a playback from your notation software.
Deadline : All materials (incl. payment) must be received by 5pm AWST (Perth Time) Friday 30th June 2023.
Judges will include members of the MAGA National Executive Board, Hal Leonard and recognised award winning Australian arrangers under the direction of Ian Boath, the "Competition Chair".
All entries will be anonymous to the judging panel.
Note: Each entry is given a number and the judging panel are supplied with the scores and MP3's only identified with that number for judging.
The winners will be announced on the MAGA website on or before 30th August 2023.
The judges decisions regarding the results are final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the winners.
The arrangement must be chosen from one of the two following songs available on ArrangeMe.com.
Note: The arrangement must also include the Copyright which is included on the lead sheets below.
5. Past Competitions
Click on the links below to view past competitions: