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CMS Young Composers Competition Receives 40 Submissions from Around the Globe

19-20 Young Composers Competition graphicThe Young Composers Competition received 40 submissions for 2019-2020. Level I (ages 12-16) received 23 submissions and Level II (17-21) received 17. Eight of the entries came from St. Louis. Other entries came primarily from California, Massachusetts, and New York though other states are represented. Internationally, the CMS received one entry from Singapore, two entries from China and one entry from England.

A panel of judges comprised of area published composer(s) will review each submission and evaluate works based on melody, harmony, rhythm, style, form, instrumentation, labeling, notation, and musicality. Each submission receives feedback from the panel of judges.

Winners will be announced no later than January 10, 2020 and are invited to attend the Young Composers Competition Concert on March 21, 2020 to hear their works performed by resident ensemble, Chamber Project St. Louis.


About the Young Composers Competition sponsored by Arden and Harry Fisher

Since 2004, the Young Composers Competition has recognized and encouraged the efforts of those between the ages of 12 and 21 who are involved in the creative process of composing music.  This program, unique to the St. Louis region, is an open competition which has received submissions from St. Louis and throughout the nation.  Each year brings a new nationally known guest composer who is passionate about working with future generations of composers. Past guest composers have included Claude Baker, Zack Browning, John Cheetham, Dino Constantinides, Steven Dankner, Beth Denisch, Don Freund, Lansing McLoskey, James Mobberly, Shulamit Ran, Jared Spears, Chen Yi, Elizabeth Ogonek, Kyong Mee Choi and Niloufar Nourbakhsh.  

Awardees will have their works performed by musicians from Chamber Music St. Louis at a public concert that is professionally recorded. Each awardee receives a written critique of his/her work and a conference with the guest composer.


About Community Music School of Webster University (CMS)

Founded in 1925, CMS offers outstanding music education and performance opportunities to students of all ages and abilities and serves the entire St. Louis metropolitan region.

The Community Music School of Webster University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and is a certified member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts.  The Community Music School receives assistance from the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis.