Call for scores by SMTA teachers!

The Seattle Music Teachers Association is launching The Marsha Wright Commissioned Sonatina Award, named in honor of the Sonatina Festival’s founder. We are looking for an early-intermediate level sonatina in three movements, for solo, duet or trio involving any combination of piano, flute, violin and/or viola. A nod to traditional sonata-allegro form is welcome but not necessary; any brief work in several movements will qualify as a sonatina. What is most important is that all parts be playable by intermediate-level students.


For this inaugural year we are choosing from SMTA teacher members. Next year we will choose a student of a SMTA member. In future years we will alternate between teacher and student composers and expand to WSMTA. SMTA teachers should submit a moderately fleshed out sketch of each movement of the sonatina. Submitted works will be judged anonymously by a committee of SMTA members, who will choose one composer. The Marsha Wright Commissioned Sonatina Award is $750, paid upon submission of the final piece.


To be considered for the commission, send the following by September 15:
– A brief email to [email protected] stating your full name, email, and phone number. Please put “Sonatina Festival commission submission” in the subject line.
– A PDF file of your original composition, in draft or completed form, with no identifying information in the document itself. (Compositions will be renamed by random number assignment in order to ensure anonymity before being reviewed.)


Winning composer will be notified by October 1.
Complete the final work by December 15.
The new sonatina will be presented by students of SMTA members at The Marsha Wright Sonatina Festival in April, 2019.


If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]