University of Missouri - St. Louis 2nd Annual Young Composers Competition

The University of Missouri - St. Louis Department of Music is pleased to offer our second annual competition for young composers in the states of Missouri and Illinois. The anonymous submissions will be judged by faculty members of the Department of Music, and the winning pieces will be performed by UMSL student ensembles during the 2019-2020 academic year. Each winning composer will also be given a professional audio recording of the performance.


There are two divisions:

Division 1: Composers who will be enrolled in high school in Missouri or Illinois (grades 9-12) for the 2019-20 school year
Division 2: Composers who will be enrolled as college undergraduates in Missouri or Illinois for the 2019-20 school year. Current UMSL students are ineligible.

Performance Area

Applicants may submit an original composition (no arrangements) to one of the following three performance areas:

1) Orchestra
Maximum instrumentation: 2222/4221/timp+2 perc/strings
Length: no longer than 10 minutes

2) Wind ensemble
Maximum instrumentation: 2 fl, 1 ob, 1 bsn, 3 cl, 1 bass cl, 2 alto sax, 1 tenor sax, 1 bari sax, 3 tpt, 4 hn, 3 trbn, 1 euph, 1 tuba, timpani+3 perc
Minimum instrumentation: submitted pieces must involve at least 10 players
Length: no longer than 10 minutes

3) A cappella choir
Voicing: SATB (with divisi, 4 to 8 parts total)
Length: no longer than 6 minutes


(1) Submissions should be made online, using the Google form found at:
(2) The form requires the user to log into a Google/Gmail account. If you are unable to log in, please email for alternate submission instructions.
(3) All submissions will be judged anonymously, so each applicant will be asked to create a pseudonym.
(4) There is no entry fee.
(5) Applicants may submit only one work to the UMSL Young Composers Competition.
(6) Applicants must provide a PDF score and an audio recording of the work. MIDI realizations are acceptable.
(7) All submissions must be original works -- no arrangements.
(8) For choral applicants, please make sure that you take care of any copyright issues with the text of your piece. We strongly recommend the use of a public domain text, or a text of your own creation. If you do submit a work with copyrighted text, we will ask you to provide documentation of permission to use that text.


All submissions must be received by 11:59pm (CDT) on May 12, 2019

Complete information can be found at

If you have questions about the Young Composers Competition, please contact Dr. Zachary Cairns at Thank you!

12 May 2019