Young Composers Contest

Make Music Day

Photo of a wet road by Flickr user juliek1967

In celebration of Make Music Day, and of all the young composers stuck at home this spring, Make Music Alliance is hosting a composition contest for composers aged 13-21.

Young composers are invited to write a short, 3-minute piece for SATB vocal quartet, set to William Carlos Williams’s timely poem “By the road to the contagious hospital”.

A panel of distinguished judges, made up of composers David T. Little, Ellen Reid (recipient of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Music), Christopher Tin and conductor Anna Lapwood, will provide feedback and select three winning pieces and seven honorable mentions. Then all ten pieces will be professionally recorded by the all-star Make Music Quarantet, and released online for Make Music Day on June 21st.

The submission deadline is May 18th – full details are available on our website.

(Are you over 21? Be a mentor and share the contest with students and young friends!)