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. We are excited to announce that the 2016 Composium will be held at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on November 13, 2016.

PRIZES

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.

2016 Finalists

Each year the National Young Composers Challenge receives a large number of submissions from every corner of the United States. The sophistication and quality of the scores has continued to grow each year. Because of the difficulty of picking only a few winners in each category, the judges also announce the list of finalists from which the winning scores will be selected. Each one of these composers deserves recognition as a winner, but unfortunately only a few scores can be selected from the finalists as winners.

To view the list of 2016 finalists, click here.

2016 Winners

From the above list of finalists, the judges must now select the winning compositions to be performed at the 2016 Composium. Keep checking this website for the announcement expected to occur shortly.

CONTACT US

If you have a question regarding the National Young Composers Challenge, you can contact us at mail@ followed by YoungComposersChallenge.org.

SPONSORS

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