The Challenge

The National Young Composers Challenge is open to young musicians ages 13 to 18 who are U.S. residents.

The Challenge is simple. First, you write your own composition for small ensemble (2 to 6 instruments) or full orchestra. Then, a panel of judges chooses the top three orchestral and top three ensemble compositions to be performed and recorded by a professional symphony orchestra at the NYCC Composium.


At the Composium, the top three orchestral composers will be awarded $1000 each and the top three ensemble composers will be awarded $500 each.

PLUS! Each winner will receive a professional recording of their composition.


From time to time, the National Young Composers Challenge presents free composition workshops featuring world-renowned composers and musicians. These full-day workshops are offered to young musicians between the ages of 13 to 18.


The recordings of the 2013 National Young Composers Challenge winning compositions are now available. Click on the "Winners" tab above and listen to or download these beautiful compositions performed at the October Composium.


The National Young Composers Challenge is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization supported by grants and in-kind donations from the University of Central Florida, Rollins College, Full Sail University, and the Goldman Charitable Foundation.