Young Composers' Forum 2020

DEADLINE: Monday, March 30, 2020, 4 p.m. CST

Huntsville Youth Orchestra's Annual Young Composers' Forum
at the Tennessee Valley Music Festival
June 7-13, 2020
Huntsville, Alabama

The Huntsville Youth Orchestra is excited to announce the Tenth Annual Young Composers' Forum! Composers, aged 16-22, are invited to submit orchestral scores (details below) to be considered for the Forum. Up to four (4) winners will be selected for participation in the Forum.

YCF winning submissions will be rehearsed each day and performed by the TVMF Festival Orchestra (comprised of TVMF Faculty and advanced students). This performance will take place at Trinity United Methodist Church in Huntsville, AL. The concert will be recorded and each composer will receive a recording of their composition. Composers will also participate in a variety of sessions hosted by TVMF Resident Composer, Robert J. Bradshaw.

Winning composers will be notified via email and phone beginning Sunday, April 19, 2020 and must accept or decline their position in the Forum by 4:00PM CST (5:00PM EST), Sunday, April 27, 2020. Composers must be prepared to supply a PDF of the complete full score and parts when requested, and are required to attend the 2020 Tennessee Valley Music Festival's Young Composers' Forum, June 7-13, 2020.

*Winning composers are not charged any fees to participate in the Forum.

Composers are responsible for their own transportation to Huntsville, Alabama. Home-stay will be provided for composer only. Composers younger than 18 years old will receive housing with a youth orchestra family. Composers will need to bring some money for food.


There will be many opportunities for composers to interact with each other, faculty, and students.

- Participation in daily rehearsals of composers’ compositions.
- Present and discuss your music with other composers and musicians.
- Attend orchestra and chamber music rehearsals and performances.
- Composition and Music Industry master classes.
- Open discussions on a variety of topics.
- Faculty instrument demonstrations, master classes, and Q&A sessions.

- Maximum Duration: Seven (7) minutes.
- Maximum Instrumentation (no concertos or electronics):
3 flutes (piccolo)
2 oboes
3 clarinets (bass clarinet)
3 bassoons (contrabassoon)
4 horns
3 trumpets
3 trombones
1 tuba
timpani (limit 4)
3 percussion*
strings** (vl1, vl2, va, vc, cb)

*Mallet percussion is limited to celesta, tubular bells/chimes, xylophone, and orchestra bells/glockenspiel. (Please do not submit scores that call for marimba or vibraphone)

**Any combination of winds, brass, and percussion will be accepted but all works must include strings.

- Cover letter explaining why this opportunity would be valuable for you.
- CV/Résumé (PDF)
Date of Birth
Valid Email Address
Current Phone Number
Current School/Composition Teacher (if applicable)
List of Compositions
List of Performances, if any, of submitted work (include dates and performer information)
- Complete Full Score of Submitted Composition (PDF)
- Recording (MIDI Realization is permitted)
- Submissions must be received by Monday, March 30, 2020, 4 p.m. CST
- There is NO ENTRY FEE

Submit Entries to:

Robert J. Bradshaw, Composer

30 Mar 2020