Illinois Young Composer Contest

The next Illinois Young Composer Contest will open in the Fall of 2022. Check back here for updates in September. 

Below are the criteria for the 2020 contest.

This competition is open to high school composers of original music, in four categories:

  1. opera and musical theater
  2. vocal and choral concert music
  3. studio produced music, electronic and/or recorded.  Mp3 or mp4 files are accepted for all categories, but students are encouraged to submit musical scores for any combination(s) of the following instruments:
  4. instrumental concert music, with or without electronics

Opera and Musical Theatre: Scores should include between one and four voices. Additional instrumentation can include any combination of the following instruments: 2 violins, viola, cello, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, piano, double bass, percussion. Scores are required, recordings are optional. For questions about this category, please contact Prof. Julie Gunn (gunn@illinois.edu)

Vocal and Choral Concert Music: Scores should include between one and four voices. Additional instrumentation can include any combination of the following instruments: 2 violins, viola, cello, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, piano, double bass, percussion. Scores are required, recordings are optional. For questions about this category, please contact Prof. Julie Gunn (gunn@illinois.edu)

Studio produced music, electronic and/or recorded: Scores are optional, recording required. For questions about this category, please contact Prof. Steve Taylor (staylor7@illinois.edu)

Instrumental Concert Music: Scores should include any combination of the following instruments: 2 violins, viola, cello, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, piano, double bass, percussion. For questions about this category, please contact Prof. Steve Taylor (staylor7@illinois.edu)

Competitors can submit up to one entry to each category, but can only be selected as a winner in one category. Scores and recordings will be reviewed by the University of Illinois School of Music faculty members.

Prizes:

Scholarships and cash prizes will be announced in the fall. 

Submission Information:

Submissions for the competition are closed. Applications for next year are expected to open in the fall of 2022. 

Questions? Email musicadmissions@illinois.edu