PRYO Composition Contest

Phinney Ridge Youth Orchestra Composition Contest

The Phinney Ridge Youth Orchestra is excited to announce the 2018 composition contest!

The purpose of the contest is to expand the literature for the high school level string orchestra and to encourage the creation of new music. The parts must be playable by good high school age musicians. One winner will be selected for a world-premiere concert during the 2018-2019 season.

The Phinney Ridge Youth Orchestra is a string orchestra for young artists in high school in the greater Seattle Area.


The composition contest is open to all composers regardless of age or nationality.
The composition must not have been performed publicly.

We are a small chamber orchestra so please do not write divisi parts.

Duration: 3-5 Minutes.
Important Dates:

July 31st, 2018 at 11:59pm PST: Deadline
August 2018: Winner announced
September 1st, 2018: Winner must provide all parts
December 8th, 2018: Performance of the winning composition at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

Evaluation Criteria:
Scores will be evaluated based on the quality of the score, the playability of the parts, and on artistic merit. Any score that is illegible or too difficult will not be considered.

The PRYO reserves the right to change the date of performance due to programming consideration. 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)

Submissions via email only to
Links to download are acceptable.

Submission Fee: $20

31 Jul 2018
U.S. Dollar (USD)