WMTA Composer List Information (updated September 2015)
The Composer Lists above designate musical style periods. Depending on what track a student enters, the pieces performed may be required to be from different style periods. This requirement is in place to have the student demonstrate his or her ability to perform material written in different styles. Therefore, the teacher must use discretion in choosing audition repertoire to be sure that this goal is met. Please refer to the “Choosing Repertoire” page of the “Handbook and Event Rules” section for specific requirements for each track/level entered.
Many composers’ works are transitional in nature and could be included in more than one style period. In the interests of consistency, decisions have been made based upon the most commonly agreed upon determination for each composer. Some composers are listed in more than one style period.
The WMTA Composer list is to be used as a historical guideline to assist teachers in finding a composer’s time-period. Not all composers are on this list (especially 20th century and current) due to the ever changing/growing number of composers and compositions.
ANY reputable published composer/composition that clearly falls into a specific time period is allowed – including “anonymous”. But, please note: “popular” music or arrangements of popular music are not allowed for WMTA auditions events.
RECENT ADDITION in 2012: There are TWO 20th century categories:
1. Classic 20th Century: (mostly prior to 1975)
Represents composers such as Kabalevsky, Bartok, Joplin, Khatchaturian.
2. Trans 20th/21st Century: (mostly 1975 to today)
Represents recent composers such as Catherine Rollin, Dennia Alexander, Melody Bober, Robert Vandall and Kevin Olson.
Any questions about composers that are not clearly in one or the other, consult the district chairperson for their input.
Classic 20th Century 1900-1975
Trans 20th/21st 1975-Today
Due to the large number of current/20th century (and beyond) piano/instrumental composers, only 20th century percussion composers are specifically included in the composers list.