Young Composers' Competition 2018-2019

As demonstrated by Symphony in C’s core mission, the Symphony has a strong commitment to fostering the careers of young musicians and composers. Each season Symphony in C offers composers the opportunity to submit an original composition for consideration by the Symphony’s artistic staff. Following are the rules and eligibility, application procedures and the winning prize. Also see past winners of the competition and their winning compositions.


Performance of the winning work by Symphony in C, conducted by Maestro Stilian Kirov, on May 4, 2019.
Professional archival recording of the performance.
Subsequent broadcast/webcast by WRTI-FM and
Round-trip domestic airfare to attend rehearsals and concert.
Winning work to be considered by Theodore Presser Company for inclusion in its rental library.


Only composers born after May 4, 1989 may apply.
Works with a performance history are eligible.
Instrumentation may not exceed Shostakovich 5th Symphony 3[1.2.pic]-2-3[1.2.Ebclar]-3[], 4-3-3-1, Timp., 4 Percussion, 2 Harps, piano/cel and Strings []. Please note the maximum orchestration is slightly different from previous years. Works with soloists are not eligible. Click here for a FAQ about instrumentation details.
Percussion instruments should not exceed the following large instruments: xylophone, glockenspiel, triangle, snare drum, cymbals, tamtam, large bass drum. Smaller instruments such as snare and smaller are allowed.
Only US citizens, permanent residents, and current foreign students at American schools may apply.
Duration should not exceed 15 minutes.
The winning composer must provide 2 full scores and a full set of parts, with a sufficient string count.
The winning composer may be asked to participate in educational outreach programs during the week of rehearsals. Composer must be present for rehearsals and concert to be eligible
Scores must be legibile and suitable for efficient rehearsal and performance. Parts must be carefully proofread, with good page turns, and ample rehearsal numbers and cues. We recommend that all entrants consult our guidelines for preparing score and parts. Click here to view.
Previous winners are not eligible.


MARCH 1, 2019
Email submissions to:
Submit the following Items:
Full Score
Sample Instrumental Part
Audio Recording (live performance, piano or midi demo) as an MP3 or link from a Dropbox/Google Drive, etc.
Composer biograpy
Entry Form / Application
Visit to download an application
Any questions about the application process should be directed to Joe Hart, VP of Artistic Operations, at 856-240-1503, or

Past Winners:

2017-18: Saad Haddad-Kaman Fantasy
2016-17: Scott Lee-Vicious Circles
2015-16: Patrick O'Malley - Symphonic Poem: Even in Paradise...
2014-15: Charles Peck - Metropolitian
2013-14: Jules Pegram – Neon Nights
2012-13: Douglas Buchanan – Malleus
2011-12: Roger Zare - Green Flash
2010-11: Michael Gilbertson - Wingspan
2009-10: Andrew McPherson - Interstate Holiday
2008-09: Clint Needham - Radiant Nation
2007-08: Zhou Tian - The Palace of Nine Perfections
2006-07: Takuma Itoh - Concerto for Orchestra
2005-06: Michael Djupstrom - Prelude to a Forgotten Opera
2004-05: Martin Kennedy - Oranges
2003-04: John Kaefer - Mosaic
2002-03: Anthony Cheung - Serendipitous Scenes
2001-02: David Laganella - Lamentoso
2000-01: Dan Coleman - The Voice of the Rain
1999-00: Carter Pann - Slalom
1998-99: Paul Yeon Lee - Silhouette
1997-98: Amy Scurria - Beyond All Walking
1996-97: Michael Karmon - And the Rhythm Is Just a Little Bit Off...

1 Mar 2019