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 2015 Composium will be held at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on October 18, 2015.
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.
2015 Finalists Announced
This year the National Young Composers Challenge has received 116 submissions. This is a record number and more than twice the number of submissions from any previous year. The sophistication and quality of the scores continues to grow stronger each year and this year the number of amazing compositions we received was overwhelming. Because it is so difficult to pick only three winners in each category, this year we are announcing the scores that have been selected as finalists. Each one of these composers deserves recognition as a winner but unfortunately the winners can be only a small group selected from this list. Once the winners have been selected, the results will be posted here.
String Quartet in G Minor - Daniel Aretskin - Irvine, CA - age 18
A Suite for Violin and Piano - Daniel Cho - Wyncote, PA - age 13
String Quartet no. 1: Attica - Sage Degand - Oak Park, IL - age 17
Fugue in C Minor - Eamon Duff - Portland, MI - age 16
Ignis Fatuus - Emil Ernstrom - Palo Alto, CA - age 18
Unwound Clock - Scott Etan Feiner - Roslyn Estate, NY - age 18
Pedestrian - Max Friedman - Memphis, TN - age 16
Tilting at Windmills - Jonas Katona - Santa Clarita, CA - age 16
Sextet - Evan Kauffmann - New York, NY - age 15
Prelude for Piano Trio - Nathan Le - Northridge, CA - age 15
Rondo in B Flat Minor - Jahan Raymond - Calabasas, CA - age 13
Choro Alegrinho - John Peter Redmond - Yonkers, NY - age 15
Polarity for String Quartet - Avik Sarkar - Chestnut Hill, MA - age 14
Conversations No. 1 - Matthew Wang - Glen Rock, NJ - age 18
Fantasy for String Quintet - Justin Zeitlinger - Dumont, NJ - age 14
Full Orcherstra Finalists
Blissful Nightmares - Austin Ali - Dallas, TX - age 17
The Witching Time of Night - Jared Clark - Lakeland, FL - age 18
Waves - Benjamin Edelson - New York, NY - age 14
Forest of Eden - Sharon Hurvitz - San Gabriel, CA - age 16
The Water Phoenix - Sterling Maffe - Artesia, CA - age 18
A Desolate Carnival - Bobby Novak - Mechanicsville, MD - age 16
Fractured Night/Blue Stars - Paul Novak - Reno, NV - age 16
Harmonious Fanfare for Orchestra - Jason Pullen - Mint Hill, NC - age 17
The Fly-Away Drone - Victor Shlyakhtenko - Los Angeles, CA - age 13
Outbursts of Joy - Robert Tindle - Miami, FL - age 18
The Soldier - David Vorves - Merritt Island, FL - age 18
The Himalayas - Daniel Werth - Henderson, NV - age 16
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.