Young Composers’


With generous support from the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota Sinfonia is pleased to announce a call for new and unpublished (chamber) orchestral scores for young composers under the age of 19, with birthdates no later than January 1, 2016. The winning composer will receive a grant of $500 and a performance by the Minnesota Sinfnoia on July 22, 2016 at the beautiful Lake Harriet Band Shell. All composers must meet the following criteria, and submit their works to the Sinfonia by June 10, 2016.


Guidelines/Requirements for eligibility:


  • the submitted work must be a new, unpublished composition that has not been performed by a professional orchestra.
  • composers must be native born, current residents of the state of Minnesota or students at Minnesota schools, camps or other educational institutions.
  • the work should be between five and eight minutes long (1- 2 movements).
  • the instrumentation can be no larger than the following: 1 flute (no double to piccolo), 2 oboes (no doubles to English horn), 1 clarinet (A and/or B flat, no bass or e flat), 1 bassoon, 2 French horns, 1 trumpet, 1 timpani player ( 2 drums maximum),can include ad lib percussion (drum set and a few auxiliary instruments) violin I and II, viola, cello and bass – no divisis for any of the strings
  • if you include ad lib percussion, it, and the timp must be playable by one person, and the percussion is not needed to give a good rendition of the work.
  • the work must include the full string compliment listed above, but does not necessarily have to use all of the winds and timpani.
  • the work can be an arrangement of another of the composer’s compositions, but the original piece also must be unpublished, and not have been performed by professional musicians in concert settings.
  • the music must be written in a “conservative” style, appropriate for a broad mix of audience members -avant guard, and/or experimental writing are not acceptable.
  • the score must be prepared and submitted in finale 2014 or earlier, or Sibelius 7 or earlier. XML versions of Sibelius files will be required.
  • the winning score and the individual parts must be formatted in 8.5×11” pages.

All decisions are made by Minnesota Sinfonia Artistic Director, Jay Fishman, and are final.

Enquiries and submissions should be directed to Jay Fishman, Minnesota Sinfonia at Telephone: 612 871 1701

$500 will be awarded to a “young composer,” meaning any composer who meets the above guidelines, and is under the age of 19 before January 1, 2016. Deadline for entry is June 10, 2016.

Congratulations to our 2015 winner!

Senior Photo John Paul Proper never would have thought that he’d have anything to do with classical music until he was introduced to Bach’s Well Tempered Clavierhis sophomore year of high school. Since then, the study and practice of music composition would become his obsession.

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