The Chelsea Symphony Composition Competition 2018-2019



The application period for the 2018-19 Composition Competition is closed.

The results of the competition will be announced by April 2019. The winning composer will be required to submit a complete set of performing materials to The Chelsea Symphony by May 3, 2019. The composer will be invited and encouraged to attend rehearsals of the work, which will take place May 24-30, 2019. Transportation and lodging are the responsibility of the composer.

The winning entry will be performed on the orchestra’s concerts on June 29 and 30, 2019, at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music. 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.

Past Winners


2017-18

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

Finalist:
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 (in alphabetical order):
Awake, Alan Hankers
Soundscape for a Century Past, Jared Miller

2014-15

Winning entry:
Tightrope Walker, Michael Boyman

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





About the Competition

The Chelsea Symphony holds an annual composition competition for early-career composers who reside in the United States. Applications are accepted in the fall and the winning entry will be performed on the orchestra’s concerts the following spring. 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.