Emerging Composers Competition

Emerging Composers Competition

2019-2020 Emerging Composers Competition

MYO is hosting an Emerging Composers Competition, open to all unpublished composers under the age of 25 as of July 1, 2020. Division I for composers ages 8 – 17 and Division II for composers ages 18 – 24. This national competition has a Choral Division and an Orchestral Division and MYO Members and Alumni are actively encouraged to apply.

Composition categories include SATB Youth Choir (High School students) and Symphony Orchestra (High School students). Compositions will be judged on the basis of their overall artistic merit, including creative vision, originality, and clarity of notation. Special consideration of the relative age and experience of the composer will also be factored into the judging process. The online application is now open.

2019-2020 MYO Emerging Composers Competition Application

Completed applications and scores in PDF form must be returned to the MYO office by Wednesday, December 18, 2019. Finalists in each Division will receive a cash award and may have their composition performed by one of our MYO ensembles in the 2020-2021 season.


Divisions

Composition Division I (ages 8 – 17)
Accepting scores for the following ensembles:

  • SATB Youth Choir (Advanced High School level)
  • Symphony Orchestra (Advanced High School level)

Composition Division II (ages 18 – 24)
Accepting scores for the following ensembles:

  • SATB Youth Choir (Advanced High School level)
  • Symphony Orchestra (Advanced High School level)

Awards

First Place: $500
Second Place: $200
Third Place: $100

The winning compositions will be announced by Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

The judges reserve the right not to award a prize in either Division.


APPLY FOR THE 2019-2020 EMERGING COMPOSERS COMPETITION


Special Guest Panelist

Daniel Ott is a 2013 recipient of the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has received commissions from the National Symphony Orchestra, New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute, the Chiara Quartet, and Bargemusic, among others, and has been honored multiple times by the ASCAP Foundation. His music has been set to dance by some of the world’s leading choreographers, including Larry Keigwin, Benjamin Millepied, Alexei Ratmansky, and Christopher Wheeldon. Ott’s music has been heard all over the world, most notably at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Sadler’s Wells, the Musée du Louvre, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Foro Internacional de Música Nueva in Mexico. He holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, and currently serves on the faculty of both Juilliard and Fordham University, where he is Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition.

Competition Winners Featured in MYO Concerts!

2017-2018 Emerging Composers Competition winner Christopher Fludd had his work Wishful Thinking performed by the Nassau Chamber Chorale, led by Music Director Edward P. Norris III on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center.

2018-2019 Emerging Composers Competition Winner Jack Frerer had his work On-Again, Off-Again performed by the Nassau Principal Orchestra, led by Music Director Scott Stickley on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater.

2018-2019 Emerging Composers Competition

Competition Winners

Congratulations to our prizewinners of the 2018-2019 MYO Emerging Composers Competition!

Choral Division: SATB Youth Choir

First Place: Louis Josephson, November
Second Place: Nathan Pallotto, 1689: 7 Miniatures for Choir
Third Place: Jasmine Bryant, North Wind
Honorable Mention: Frazar Henry, The Night Will Never Stay, and Heng Yang, My Beloved Hometown, Taiwan

Orchestral Division: Symphony Orchestra

First Place: Jack Frerer, On-Again, Off-Again
Second Place: Paul Novak, on buoyancy
Third Place: Robert Ge, Sum of Its Parts
Honorable Mention: Daniel Cho, vita morte, Marina Lee, Time River, and Ludub Ochirov, Concerto No. 4.


Awards

Prizewinners in each Division received a cash award and may have their composition performed by one of our MYO ensembles in the 2019 – 2020 season.

First Place: $500
Second Place: $200
Third Place: $100

While there is no prize money attached to an Honorable Mention, it is an opportunity to recognize these talented young composers by name.

2017-2018 Emerging Composers Competition

Competition Winners

Congratulations to our prizewinners of the 2017-2018 MYO Emerging Composers Competition!

Choral Division: SATB Youth Choir

First Place: Christopher Fludd, Hold You in My Smile
Second Place: Daniel Werth, Forest Road
Third Place: Adin Boyer, Invitation
Honorable Mention: Tiffany Cuaresma, Eloi

Orchestral Division: Symphony Orchestra

First Place: Lauren Vandervelden, Conflicted Momentum
Second Place: Charles Meenaghan, Sands of Time
Third Place: Brent Morden, Danzón
Honorable Mention: Jasmine Bryant, Dare and Ludub Ochirov, Piano Concerto No. 2


Awards

Finalists in each Division will received a cash award and may have their composition performed by one of our MYO ensembles in the 2018-2019 season.

First Place: $500
Second Place: $200
Third Place: $100

While there is no prize money attached to an Honorable Mention, it is an opportunity to recognize these talented young composers by name.

Thank you to all of our talented competition applicants for sharing your scores and your music with MYO!