Illinois Young Composer Contest

Winners Announced for 2024

1st prize:

Elaina Stuppler
Lake Grove, Oregon

2nd prize:

Abel Gershfeld
Chicago, Il

3rd prize:

Anaya Brainch
Wilmette, IL

Honorable Mention:

Dash Wilson
Orland Park, IL

Casper Stockman
Swarthmore, PA

Evan Kessler
Highland Park, IL


  • This contest is open to high school composers of original music in any of the following categories:
    • Electronic Music; Mp3 or mp4 files are accepted for all categories, but students are encouraged to submit musical scores
    • Instrumental Concert Music, open instrumentation.
  • Entrants must reside in the United States.
  • One entry per person.

Electronic and/or recorded music: Scores are optional, recording required.

Instrumental Concert Music: Scores may include any instrumental/vocal combination.

Scores and recordings will be reviewed by the University of Illinois School of Music faculty members.


  • Applications open September 1
  • Deadline for entry is January 15
  • Winners will be announced by February 15


First Prize: $150
Second Prize: $100
Third Prize: $50

Submission Information:

Complete the submission form below. Once you submit the form, you will receive an email with a link to upload your file(s). Be sure to include your name in the filenames for each submission.

Submission Form (closes on January 15, 2024 at 11:59 PM Central Time)

Questions? Email Prof. Carlos Carrillo

List of Past Winners

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