Emerging Composers Competition

Emerging Composers Competition

MYO is hosting an Emerging Composers Competition, open to all unpublished composers under the age of 22 as of July 1, 2018. This national competition has a Choral Division and an Orchestral Division and MYO Members and Alumni are actively encouraged to apply.

Deadline: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 (All materials must be received by this date)

Please read this entire page before filling out the online application form.


Eligibility

Applicants must be under the age of 22 as of July 1, 2018. This is a national competition, open to all unpublished composers. There will be two Divisions:

1. Choral Division
2. Orchestral Division

Winners may be selected from each Division.


Composition Categories

Works submitted should be for one of the following ensembles:
A. SATB Youth Choir (high school students)
B. Symphony Orchestra (high school students)


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.


Rules

1. Scores must be submitted in PDF form.
2. Your composition must be an original and unpublished work (no arrangements of existing works will be accepted).
3. A short written description of the composition outlining inspirations and important features.
4. A full score and a complete set of parts must be included in PDF form.
5. A private YouTube or audio file (digital or live) rendition must be included with application.
6. Only one composition will be accepted by the same composer.
7. The submitted work may have been previously performed, but can not have won any previous competitions.
8. The composition may not exceed 10 minutes in length.
9. The work may be one or more movements.
10. Submitted works may not be submitted again in subsequent years.
11. A completed online application and a non-refundable $25 application fee must accompany each composition.


Application Fee

There is a $25 non-refundable application fee due at the time of the application and submission of score.


Prizes

Finalists in each Division will receive a cash award and may have the composition performed by one of the MYO ensembles in the 2018–2019 season.

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

The winning compositions will be announced by Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

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


Application

Please include the following items with the online application:

1. Full score and complete set of parts (PDF form)
2. A private YouTube or audio file (digital or live) rendition of the composition
3. Age Verification – Please provide proof of age. A copy of your birth certificate, passport, or driver’s license is acceptable.
4. $25 Application Fee (payable online through PayPal)
5. A short written description of the composition outlining inspirations and important features (250 words maximum).

Apply for the Competition