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How to Apply for the Young Composers Competition

AGES:  Level 1: students ages 12-16; Level II: students ages 17-21

FEES:  $20 application fee made payable to Community Music School of Webster University

AWARDS:  Awardees are recognized at a public performance of their winning compositions by musicians from Chamber Project Saint Louis, plus a professional recording of the concert.  Each awardee receives a written critique of his/her work and a conference with the guest composer. 


FORMAT:  Compositions should be for 2-7 member music ensembles and 3-15 minutes in length. 

MEDIUM:  Traditional manuscript and audio recording or MIDI realization required.

Melody, Harmony, Rhythm, Style, Form, Instrumentation, Labeling, Notation, Musicality

THE PANEL OF JUDGES INCLUDE: Published composer(s) and school/university theory & composition faculty

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: All submissions must be postmarked or received by October 19, 2020.  The winners will be announced no later than January 1, 2021.


  1. Each applicant may submit only one work for consideration.
  2. Compositions must fulfill the formatting and medium requirements listed above.
  3. Compositions must be wholly original works composed by the applicant.
  4. Composition should be performable by university faculty level professional musicians.  Works requiring amplification, computer, tape, or CD are not eligible.
  5. Composer’s name should not appear on the score. Scores should be identified by pseudonym.
  6. Previous first place winners not eligible to enter the competition for one year.  Exception being if level I winner aged into level II for the following year. 



  1. Complete the online entry form HERE.  After you have submitted the form you will be directed to pay the entry fee by credit card online.  All submissions must be accompanied by payment to be considered.
  2. Upload the computer-engraved score & parts, program notes and composer bio (each 200 words or less) where indicated on the form (ALL IN PDF FORMAT).
  3. Email your instructor and ask them to complete this online Teacher Certification Form
  4. Email audio recording/MIDI realization, in MP3 format to

You will receive an automatic email response if you've completed the Entry form correctly.  You will also receive email notification when the Teacher Certification Form has been completed by your instructor.  THE TEACHER CERTIFICATION FORM MUST BE COMPLETED to be considered.


Send the following via email:      (    

  • Computer-engraved score & parts, in PDF format
  • Audio recording/MIDI realization, in MP3 format
  • Copy of completed Entry Form (PDF)
  • Program Notes & Composer Bio (each 200 words or less)

And the following via post:  (Community Music School of Webster University; Attn:  Young Composers Competition  470 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO  63119)

  • $20 application fee payable to Community Music School
  • a completed Entry and Teacher Certification Form

20-21 Young Composers Competition Guidelines and Application PDF