Ganz Hall inside the Auditorium Building

2020-2021 CCPA Young Composer Competition
Deadline: Tuesday, January 19, 2021

The Composition Program at the Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) of Roosevelt University is pleased to announce a new composition competition for young composers (ages 14-18 years old). Due to Covid-19, the date, location, and the format of the concert will be decided and announced later.

The music composition faculty members offer the following prizes:

1st PLACE:

  • $200 cash prize, presented during the April 2021 (Date TBD) Student Composition Recital at 7:30 PM (Central Time). (Location/Format TBD).
  • A performance of the piece given by CCPA musicians on this recital (in person or virtual).
  • A rehearsal of the piece with the musicians prior to the recital (in person or virtual).
  • A recording of the piece’s performance from the recital.
  • A 45-minute composition lesson with the composition faculty member.

2nd PLACE:

  • $150 cash prize, presented during the April 2021 (Date TBD) Student Composition Recital at 7:30 PM (Central Time). (Location/Format TBD).
  • A 45-minute composition lesson with the composition faculty member.

3rd PLACE:

  • $100 cash prize, presented during the April 2021 (Date TBD) Student Composition Recital at 7:30 PM (Central Time). (Location/Format TBD).
  • A 45-minute composition lesson with the composition faculty member.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

  • Applicants must be between the ages of 14-18 years old. Applicants from outside the Chicago area may apply if they so wish; however, they will not be compensated for travel or hotel should their work be chosen for an award if the live concert happens at CCPA. All winners are required to attend (in person or virtually) the April 2021 (Date TBD) Student Composition Recital to collect their prize money.
  • Each applicant may submit one piece for consideration. Previously awarded pieces in this competition cannot be re-entered.
  • The piece can be any duration up to 6 minutes.
  • The piece can have up to two performers (maximum). You may use from the following instrumentation: flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, percussion, and voice.

HOW TO ENTER:

Submit a completed 1) application form 2) full score, and 3) a full set of parts by the deadline.

All material must be submitted by email to Stephanie Salerno, Assistant Director of Outreach & Engagement at ssalerno@roosevelt.edu. Visit our event page to download the 2020-2021 application form (see related content).

The deadline is Tuesday, January 19, 2021. All entries must be received by this date. The winning works will be announced via email no later than the beginning of February 2021.