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 nationally and internationally. Each year brings a new nationally known guest composer who is passionate about working with future generations of composers. Past guest composers include 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, Niloufar Nourbakhsh, Angélica Negrón and David Werfelmann.

The Community Music School of Webster University partners with Chamber Project Saint Louis for the Young Composers Competition. Musicians from Chamber Project Saint Louis perform and record all winning works and selected works from the Guest Composer at the Young Composer Competition concert held in the CMS Center at Webster University in March.
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2021-2022 Young Composers Competition Winners

Level I (age 12-16)

First Place:

William Masters

age 16, from Elk Grove, California, and student of Isaac Smith

"Catawampus Caccia" for Clarinet Trio (2 Bb Clarinets and Bb Bass Clarinet)

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Second Place:

Frazar Henry

age 15, from Bonita Springs, Florida, and student of Charles Norman Mason

"Lamentation #4" for Violin, Viola, Double Bass, Piano, and Vibraphone

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Level II (age 17-21)

First Place:

Kyle Soliz

age 20, from Algonquin, Illinois, attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and student of Reynold Tharp

"In Flux" for Flute, Alto Sax, Cello, and Piano

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Second Place:

Zixuan Chen

age 17, from San Diego, California, attending Cathedral Catholic High School and student of John Rot

"Dispersion" for Flute/Piccolo, Bb Bass Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Piano, and Percussion

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2021-2022 Guest Composer

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Mark Camphouse

mark camphouse conductor

A product of the rich cultural environment of Chicago, composer-conductor Mark Camphouse was born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1954. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees in music from Northwestern University where he studied composition with the Alan Stout, conducting with John P. Paynter, and trumpet with Vincent Cichowicz. A scholarship from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago enabled Camphouse to study trumpet privately for two years with legendary Chicago Symphony Orchestra principal trumpet, Adolph Herseth.

2021-2022 Events

Kim Portnoy

Young Composers Workshop with Kim Portnoy

Kim Portnoy

Saturday, March 26, 2022
10-11 a.m.

"Making a Botch of It: Inspiration, Imitation, and the Creative Process"

Mark Camphouse

Young Composers Workshop with Mark Camphouse

Mark Camphouse

Saturday, March 26, 2022
11 a.m.-12 p.m.