A triennial composition competition established in 1948, the Inter-American Music Awards are open to composers residing in North, Central and South America, with no age limit.
Two major American composers are invited to judge each IAMA competition. In addition to their judging responsibilities, the composer-judges each write a work to be published in the Sigma Alpha Iota IAMA series. Current or former students of either of the announced judges are ineligible to apply.
Each triennium, Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc. specifies the particular combination of instruments and/or voices for which entries must be written, and the length of the work. Recent competitions have called for:
+ Brass quintet, no longer than ten (10) minutes in duration, suitable for advanced college performance
+ an instrumental work for no more than 4 performers, with or without piano, the winning composition being for two pianos; and
+ an instrumental work for solo string instrument (violin, viola, or cello), the winning composition being for violin.
+ children's choir
For current application/award information, click here.