Classical Evolve - IL Philharmonic Orchestra Composer Competition

As part of Maestro Stilian Kirov's vision to encourage the development of new musical voices, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra is excited to announce IPO Classical Evolve- our third annual composition competition aimed at expanding the canon of classical music for current and future generations. In an innovative and artistically fulfilling process, three finalists will be chosen to have their original score workshopped and performed LIVE to IPO audiences on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. The winning composer will be named IPO “Composer-in-Residence” and have the opportunity to compose three orchestral works and one chamber work for IPO’s 2020-21 Season. The 2019 Winner and current Composer-in-Residence is Martha Horst. 2019 Jury included: Tonia Ko, Jim Stephenson, Henry Fogel


Composers who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Must be an emerging composer with no more than two compositions performed by a professional orchestra.

Competition Application and Process:
Round 1:

A) Materials submitted via by December 16, 2019 11:59 PM (CST). All materials
should include composer’s last name in file name:

Please note: Hard copies will not be considered.
Score (PDF) and (if possible) audio recording (MP3) of an orchestral piece written within the last 2
years. Works previously performed are eligible for initial round.

Current resume/cv (PDF) All applicants MUST be available for Final Round as stipulated below.
Verification of US citizenship/Residence status for competition eligibility. Email a copy of your passport/residence card for verification. Alternatively, you may fax the copy to 708.481.7998. Document copies must be received by Monday, December 16, 2019 5:00 PM CST. All document copies will be destroyed once verified.

B) Application fee: $20. Payable to Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, 377 Artists Walk, Park Forest, IL 60466.
Checks must be postmarked by December 14, 2019. Alternatively, payment may be made over the phone at
708.481.7774 by December 16, 2019, 3 PM CST.

Link to PDF of Competition Description and Information

16 Dec 2019
U.S. Dollar (USD)