Composition Competition

— for female high school students —

Deadline for entry: January 20, 2020



The Community Women’s Orchestra will rehearse and perform the winning piece on their May 10, 2020 concert.

The winning composer will also have the chance to workshop her piece with CWO in case revisions are necessary.

A professional composer will attend one of the rehearsals to provide feedback on the music.


To be eligible, competition entrants must:

  • Identify as female

  • Attend high school (home school permitted)

  • Be able to attend at least 2 rehearsals (Thursday evenings February - May 2020)

  • Be able to attend the May 10, 2020 performance

How to Apply

Submit the score for an original composition for orchestra in PDF to:

Deadline: Monday January 20, 2020 at 11:59 pm PST

(Parts will need to be supplied by the winning composer)


CWO is a full symphony orchestra consisting of a full string section, double winds, brass, and percussion/timpani. Harp and piano are also available. The instrumentation could be a smaller group (i.e. strings only, or single winds + strings) but should not be written for single players only.