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APO Composition Competition

The APO exists to enrich the lives of artists and audience members through music. An important aspect of our work is providing visibility and exposure to artists and composers from underrepresented groups. The composition competition is an opportunity for an emerging composer to gain exposure and have their piece performed for a live audience by the APO during one of our regular season concerts.

Submitting an Application

This competition is inclusive and we encourage composers from all backgrounds, ages, races, genders, religions, ethnicities, disabilities, and nationalities to apply.  Submissions will be judged without identifying information to make the competition as fair as possible.

The Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra reserves the rights to perform the winning piece, record the performance and to use video, audio, and images of the performances and rehearsals for marketing, fundraising, and in online social media. By submitting a piece for consideration, you are agreeing to these terms.

Score Submission Guidelines

  • Include the title of the piece on your score 
  • Do not include your name or any other identifying information on the score 
  • Please consider sending the best sounding recording and mp3 is good too.  
  • No handwritten scores will be accepted 
  • No incomplete scores will be accepted 
  • Submissions should be between 5 and 10 minutes long
  • Maximum instrumentation is for full orchestra and is as followed: 
    • 2 flutes
    • 2 oboes
    • 2 clarinets
    • 2 bassoons
    • 4 horns
    • 2 trumpets
    • 3 trombones
    • 1 tuba
    • Timpani; 2 percussionists 
    • Orchestral strings
    • Do not include harp 

Judging and Winner Notification

Compositions will be judged by a committee of composers, artists, orchestra creative staff and orchestra personnel. One composition will be selected for performance. Composers will not receive any ratings or feedback on their submissions. The selection of the winning composition by the committee is final.

  • The composer of the winning composition will by email
  • The composer will receive a recorded performance of their work on DVD, CD, as a link to the performance online or a combination of these as available
  • The winning composer does not need to be present in person at all rehearsals or performances; however, they will need to be available via alternative methods (i.e. email, phone, video) during the rehearsal period for artistic questions
  • Winning composers may be asked to make a short video of themselves talking about their piece for marketing 
  • The Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra is unable to provide transportation or lodging to those who wish to be present for the performance