Greater Bridgeport Symphony Emerging Composers Competition -- Update

The Greater Bridgeport Symphony announces a national competition for innovative composers of orchestral music. Because the GBS believes in the future of orchestral music, the winner will premiere his / her composition during a concert conducted by the Symphony’s dynamic maestro, Eric Jacobsen, during the 2020-2021 GBS season at the Klein Auditorium in Bridgeport, Connecticut. This competition embraces Maestro Jacobsen’s goal of premiering new works and his vision of bringing orchestral music to a new generation of classical music fans.

UPDATE: Application and Digital Submission Deadline: April 17, 2020

Open to all orchestral composers ages 18 - 30 that are residents of the U.S.A.

Application with digital file deadline: Friday, April 17, 2020

Please go to for application and rules. Questions may be emailed to


ELIGIBILITY: The Competition is open to all composers who are residents of the United States and are eighteen (18) through thirty (30) years of age as of April 17, 2020.

COMPOSITION: Total performance time for the composition is limited to no more than ten (10) minutes. Works previously published, performed in concert, or commercially recorded will not be considered.

INSTRUMENTATION: Composer should produce scores and parts that include standard instrumentation. Instrumentation can up to but not more than Woodwind: 3222; Brass: 4331; Percussion: T+2; Percussion, Harp, Piano, and Strings, as usual. Standard doubling instruments, such as flute/piccolo, oboe/EH, clarinet/bass clarinet, are fine.

PRELIMINARY COMPETITION: Preliminary judging is conducted digitally via electronic submission. UPDATE: Submission deadline is Friday, April 17, 2020.
Both a computer-engraved score and parts in PDF format and an audio recording of the composition (MP3 files preferred) must be submitted to
The score and parts be prepared to a high standard including rehearsal marks and measure numbers.
Note: Files over 20MB should be submitted using a file-sharing service such as Google Drive or Dropbox.
Personal details must not appear on the score as the works will be judged anonymously

FIRST PRIZE: $1000 and Opportunity to Premiere Composition at a GBS 2020-2021 Concert

FIRST PRIZE WINNER: The first prize winner will be notified by Friday, June 26, 2020, and also is eligible for up to $250 for travel reimbursement to attend GBS rehearsals and concert for premiered composition.

Deadline: 17 Apr 2020
Entry Fee: 0.00
Web site:

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