Lake George Music Festival Composition Competition

The Lake George Music Festival is a strong supporter of contemporary classical music, and annually hosts an international competition to promote its continued development and dissemination. Our mission is to discover the next generation of leading compositions and promote these works to the world at large. We will pair the most promising works with our roster of exceptional performers, fostering long-lasting relationships between artists of the highest caliber. By promoting the movement that contemporary music is alive, inspirational, and relevant to every community, we are doing our part to connect Lake George with the evolution of this tradition.

The 2020 submission period will be from January 1st to January 31st. Applicants will be required to submit the following through the online submission form below:

A .pdf file of the composition score. Multi-movement pieces should be submitted together as one combined .pdf file. (10MB maximum file size)
A link to an audio or video recording. Recordings must be complete (no excerpts). Both live recordings and MIDI are acceptable. If submitting MIDI please take the time to create an audio file which sounds as realistic as is possible. Composers submitting a piece for electronics/amplified instruments must submit a live performance or studio recording (not MIDI). Multi-movement pieces should be submitted together as one combined submission. Please edit out any tuning/clapping. Please make sure links are view-able without a password.
All steps outlined above must be completed and submitted in their entirety by the deadline. No exceptions can be made whatsoever. If you wait until January 31st, we cannot guarantee any issues that arise during the submission process, staff review, including missing or incorrect documents, will be resolved by the application deadline. Consequently, LGMF urges you to submit immediately.

Payment will be accepted via credit/debit card or PayPal. PayPal accounts are not required. Application fee is not refundable, please review guidelines carefully.

-Submissions do NOT need to be anonymous.
-Receipt of submissions and application fee will be acknowledged by return email.
-Previously performed works are acceptable.
-Previous competition finalists re-applying must submit a different piece each year.
-Composers may submit a maximum of two (2) submissions, but must do so in separate form submissions.
-International applicants, please translate all text to English.
-Scores/Recordings of pieces with multiple movements should be sent together as one file (do not submit individual movements separately).
-10 megabytes (MB) is the maximum size for attachments.
-No third-party submission sites such as Dropbox or WeTransfer will be accepted. No email submissions will be accepted.
-Please do not send any additional materials.
-Application materials must be submitted electronically through our submission form; no postal mail submissions will be accepted.
-Due to the large number of submissions, feedback regarding individual submissions will not be given.
-The winning composers must agree to provide parts in order to guarantee a performance of their winning work.
-Submissions that do not strictly follow the guidelines, or are submitted before or after the submission period will be disqualified.

Any questions regarding the competition should be directed to

To apply:

31 Jan 2020
U.S. Dollar (USD)