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Texas New Music Ensemble
Student Composer Competition 2023



 - Any composer currently studying at a Texas high school, college, or university



 - Full-tuition Scholarship to the Texas New Music Festival 2023, July 10th-16th in Houston, TX - attendance at the festival is mandatory

 - TNME will commission a new 6-minute work for Pierrot Ensemble from the winning composer and premiere it at the Festival 

*There is no additional cash prize for the commission outside of the full-tuition scholarship



 - Email a score, recording (if possible), and a current C.V./Resume to - pdfs and mp3s only, please.


Application Fee:

 - $35.00 

Please be sure the application fee is paid before submitting your work 



The 2023 Deadline has already passed. Information about the 2024 Deadline coming soon!

Texas New Music Ensemble
Student Composer Competition Winner!

Mojgan Misaghi-Headshot.JPEG

Mojgan Misaghi is an Iranian-American Composer, Violinist, and Improviser based in Houston, Texas. Her music has been performed in the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Iran, and on radio station RADIO AL HARA. In her music, she explores the relationship between language, culture, and music. Recent commissions include the art song “Spirits of the Deep” by the Indiana Art commission for Mezzo-Soprano Audrey Johnson in her Living Legacy Series. Her newest piece,“A Chant for Freedom” a composition for the saxophone quartet commissioned by Kazoku Quartet and UH public art, will premiere at Moores Opera House in February 2023. Misaghi is performing her composition for the violin and narrator, “Three Miniatures for Bowless Violin”, in collaboration with Mandana Ranjbar, a visual artist, at the opening of an art exhibition in January 2023. She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in composition at the University of Houston Moores School of Music, under the tenure of Dr. Marcus Maroney.

Misaghi and her family are members of the Baha'i faith, and because of her religious affiliation, Misaghi was forbidden by Iran's regime from pursuing higher education in Iran. Because ofthis and other restrictions for Baha’is in Iran, she came with her family to the United States as a refugee. Misaghi hopes to write music that speaks about the experience of female refugees fleeing totalitarian regimes seeking freedom and education. She is a member of the IFCA (Iranian female composer association), an organization that promotes the work of female and non-binary Iranian composers to bring their stories and experiences to the concert stage.

Previous Winners

2023 - Mojgan Misaghi

2022 - Jaylin Smith

2021 - Justin Langham

2020 - Dustin Schulze

2019 - Paul Novak

2018 - Moni Jasmine Guo

2017 - Alejandro Basulto-Martinez

2016 - Stephen Ryan Jackson

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