The Challenge is simple. First, you write your own composition for small ensemble (2 to 6 instruments) or full orchestra. Then, a panel of judges chooses the top three orchestral and top three ensemble compositions to be performed and recorded by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra at the NYCC Composium held at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts - Steinmetz Hall in Orlando, Florida.

Grade Level/Age
High school students
National Young Composers
Award information
  1. Each orchestral winner will receive $1000 and each ensemble winner will receive $500.

PLUS! Each winner will receive a professional recording of their composition.

Eligibility Requirements
  1. Participation and entry are free.
  2. Entrants must be U.S. residents.
  3. Entrants must be between the ages of 13 and 18 years at the time of submission.