The Chelsea Symphony Composition Competition 2019-20

THE APPLICATION PERIOD FOR THE 2019-20 COMPOSITION COMPETITION WILL BE OPENED IN FALL 2019.

The Chelsea Symphony holds an annual composition competition for early-career composers in the greater New York City area, now in its sixth year. Applications are accepted in the fall/winter and the winning entry will be performed on the orchestra’s concerts the following spring/summer. The winning composer will also receive a professional recording of the performances and an honorarium of $250. The winning selection will be chosen by acclaimed conductor and composer Gerard Schwarz, Conductor Laureate of the Seattle Symphony and Music Director of the All-Star Orchestra, in conjunction with a panel of musicians from The Chelsea Symphony. 

The winning entry will be performed on the orchestra’s concerts on May 15-16, 2020.


Past Winners

Finalists and Honorable Mentions listed in alphabetical order


2019-20

Winning entry:
In Between, Aaron Israel Levin


Finalists:
Augustine's Ascent, Nathan Ball
Sketch Book, Aaron Spotts


Honorable Mentions:
Pugaw, Avner Finberg
On-again, Off-again, Jack Frerer
Pray Away, Ryan Lindveit


2017-18

Winning entry:
The Rest is Silence, Samuel R. Beebe

Finalists:
The Legend of Mulan, Esther Shuyue Cao
Listening Through an Open Door, Nicholas V. Hall


2016-17

Winning entry:
Summer Mountains, Danny Gray

Finalist:
Aeolian Dust, Natalie Dietterich

2015-16

Winning entry:
Dawn, Paul Frucht

Finalists:
Awake, Alan Hankers
Soundscape for a Century Past, Jared Miller


2014-15

Winning entry:
Tightrope Walker, Michael Boyman

Finalists:
Arion, William Gardiner
Symphony in 3 Movements, Michael Gilbertson
Unhinged Carnival Fanfare Machine, Jonathan Russell