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.

The Competition

This year's competition is for Solo Piano, no longer than 10 minutes in length.

The Composer-Judges

Dr. Richard Crosby
SAI National Arts Associate, member of the SAI Composers Bureau,
and former National President of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia


Bonnie Ruth Janofsky
SAI initiate of Beta Upsilon, California State U-Los Angeles, former affiliate
of the Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter, and a member of the SAI Composers Bureau

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
  • Strings

For current application/award information, click here.