The 2020 PRYO Composition Contest

The Phinney Ridge Youth Orchestra is excited to announce the 2020 composition contest!

This year's contest is open to pieces written for string trio, string quartet, or string orchestra.

The purpose of the contest is to expand the literature of high school level string music and to encourage the creation of new music. The parts must be playable by good high school age musicians. The Phinney Ridge Youth Orchestra is a string orchestra for high school age musicians in the greater Seattle Area.

One winner will be selected for a world-premiere concert during the 2020-2021 season.


The composition contest is open to all composers regardless of age or nationality.
The composition must not have been performed publicly.
This year's composition is for string trio, string quartet, or string orchestra.
Duration: 3-10 Minutes.

Important Dates:

July 31st, 2020 at 11:59pm PDT: Deadline
Winner will be announced August 31st, 2020
September 7th, 2020: Winner must provide all parts
December 5th, 2020 Performance of the winning composition at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

Evaluation Criteria:

Scores will be evaluated based on the quality of the score, playability of the parts, and on artistic merit. Any score that is illegible will not be considered.

The PRYO reserves the right to change the date of performance due to programming consideration. (Due to covid-19 the concert performance may be postponed until 2021) By submitting a work competitors agree to these conditions of entry.

Submission Process:

Applicants should submit:

Pdf of the Score (Clearly Legible)
Mp3 (Midi Mockups are acceptable)
Program Notes
Brief Bio (200 words or less)

Submit submissions or questions via email only to
Links to download are acceptable.

Submission Fee: $20

You can submit payment and find more info here:

31 Jul 2020
U.S. Dollar (USD)