DEADLINE EXTENDED - National Young Composers Challenge


The National Young Composers Challenge is a competition for U.S. resident composers aged 13-18. Composers may submit submit one orchestral OR chamber score for consideration. Winning composers will receive a $500-1,000 cash honorarium, and their work will be performed and recorded in April 2020 by musicians from the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

The deadline for NYCC submission has been extended to October 15, 2019. There is no fee to enter.


To submit your work, visit and fill out the registration form. After completing the form, you will receive an email containing a cover sheet in PDF format. Mail the cover sheet, along with four (4) copies of your score, to:

National Young Composers Challenge
PO Box 2023
Winter Park, FL 32790

An mp3 recording or MIDI representation of your piece should also be submitted, either by mailing a disc or drive with your scores, or by email.

All mailed materials must be postmarked no later than oCTOBER 15, 2019.


Composers may submit in either the chamber or composition category.

Chamber ensemble compositions may be written for a total of 2 to 6 instruments selected from the following list. The number of instruments of any given type must not exceed the numbers in parentheses.

Flute/Piccolo (2), Oboe/English Horn (2), Clarinet (2), Bassoon (2), French Horn (4), Trumpet (2), Trombone (3), Tuba (1), Violin (6), Viola (4), Cello (4), Bass (2), Piano (1), Harp (1), Percussion (3)

Orchestra compositions may include only the instruments listed below. It is suggested but not required that you use all the instruments.

Flute 1 & 2, Oboe 1 & 2, Clarinet 1 & 2, Bassoon 1 & 2, Horn 1-4, Trumpet 1 & 2, Trombone 1 & 2, Bass Trombone, Tuba, Timpani, Percussion 1&2, Harp, 1st Violins, 2nd Violins, Violas, Cellos, Basses.

(Flute 2 may double on Piccolo. Oboe 2 may double on English Horn.)


Six winners (three from each category) will be selected. Scores will be judged based upon artistic quality, and skill in orchestration, notation, and scoring. Entrants will receive recorded audio comments from the judges.


Winners must be present for the performance of their works in April (travel and lodging not provided). Each orchestral winner will receive $1000 and each ensemble winner will receive $500. Each winner will receive a professional recording of their piece.


For a full list of guidelines, visit If you have questions, email

15 Oct 2019