2017 - 2018 Brazosport Symphony Orchestra Composition Contest for Student & Amateur Composers

The Brazosport Symphony Orchestra (BSO), located in Lake Jackson, Texas, is sponsoring a competition for student and amateur composers.
The winner of the competition shall receive a cash prize of $500.00. Furthermore, the BSO will feature the winning composition in a public performance.
• Entries shall be original compositions between six and ten minutes duration.
• Each entry shall be accompanied by a nonrefundable payment of $10.00, payable to the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra. Payment via Paypal is acceptable.
• Entries must be postmarked, or sent via email, no later than August 30, 2017.
• Each application must include a completed entry form. The entry form is available upon request at :
• The composition shall be orchestrated for performance by a full symphony orchestra.
• The composition shall not have been previously published. Additionally, the composition shall not have been performed at a concert where admission is charged. Previous performance at student recitals, faculty recitals, or other free events will not disqualify the composition.
• The winning composer shall provide a hardcopy of the score of the winning composition and the constituent parts to the BSO following notification of the judges’ decision, but before the actual award is made to the composer. Individual parts should also be sent to the BSO in pdf format.
• The winning composer shall grant a non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-expiring royalty-free copyright license to the BSO for use of the winning composition. The BSO reserves the right to use the winning composition to promote the BSO including live and recorded performances.
• For the purposes of this competition:
- A student composer is defined as one currently enrolled in an educational institution.
- An amateur composer is defined as one who is not employed solely as a composer. Music teachers, band or orchestra directors, performers, copyists, etc. are considered amateur composers.
- A symphony orchestra is defined as having the normal complement of strings, with full woodwinds (flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon), full brass (French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba), percussion, and others as needed.
Criteria for judging are musicianship and suitability for performance.
• Submit the score in pdf format.
• Submit the recording in mp3 format.
• The composer’s name must not appear on the score. To ensure impartiality, use only a pseudonym.
Send all materials to:
Brazosport Symphony Orchestra
Composition Competition
65 Bayberry Court
Lake Jackson, TX 77566

If there are any questions, please contact Philip Walker at:


30 Aug 2017
U.S. Dollar (USD)