2019 PRYO Composition Contest:

The 2019 PRYO Composition Contest:


The Phinney Ridge Youth Orchestra is excited to announce the 2019 composition contest!

This year we are looking for a string quartet to be played by members of the Phinney Ridge Youth Orchestra.

The purpose of the contest is to expand the literature for the high school level string music and to encourage the creation of new music. The parts must be playable by good high school age musicians. One winner will be selected for a world-premiere concert during the 2018-2019 season.

The Phinney Ridge Youth Orchestra is a string orchestra for young artists in high school in the greater Seattle Area.


The composition contest is open to all composers regardless of age or nationality.
The composition must not have been performed publicly.
This year's composition is for String Quartet.
Duration: 3-5 Minutes.

Important Dates:
July 31st, 2018 at 11:59pm PDT: Deadline
August 2018: Winner announced
September 1st, 2018: Winner must provide all parts
December: Performance of the winning composition at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

Evaluation Criteria:
Scores will be evaluated based on the quality of the score, playability of the parts, and on artistic merit. Any score that is illegible or too difficult will not be considered.

The PRYO reserves the right to change the date of performance due to programming consideration. By submitting a work competitors agree to these conditions of entry.

Submission Process:
Applicants should submit:
Pdf of the Score (Clearly Legible)
Mp3 (Midi Mockups are acceptable)
Program Notes
Brief Bio (200 words or less)

Submissions via email only to todd@phinneymusic.com
Links to download are acceptable.

Submission Fee: $20

Past Winners:
2018 Winner: Today...Long Ago, by Brian T Field
2018 Outstanding Merit: Fanfare in Dark Red, by Jim Territo
2018 Outstanding Merit: Valsa Singela, by Mario Cunha Olinto Filho
2018 Honorable Mention: Light of Truth, by Barbabra Harbach
2018 Honorable Mention: Romance for Orchestra, by Mel McIntyre
2016 Winner: Lie Down, Under Stormy Nights by Stephen Ryan Jackson
2016 Honorable Mention: Chorale '15 by Toby Roundell
2016 Honorable Mention: Fuga Classica by Marco Reghezza

31 Jul 2019
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