Submission Deadline: April 30, 2021

Chorus Austin's Annual Young Composer Competition is now open for submission! Please be sure to read the rules, timeline, prizes, and below. If you are ready to submit your application, please click here.

For questions or more information about this or any future Young Composers Competition, please email

Competition Requirements

Composer Requirements:

  • Open to composers of any nationality.
  • Composer must be no more than 30 years old at submission deadline. 
  • Previous winners, as well as composers directly related to board and staff of Chorus Austin, are not eligible to participate.

Piece Requirements: 

  • Written for Chamber Ensemble (approx. 24 voices)
  • 5 minutes or less
  • A capella or accompanied (if a capella, piece must include a piano reduction)
  • Can be multi-movements, or part of a larger piece
  • Text must be in public domain or if copyrighted, the composer must show proof of permission to submit the piece.
  • Texts other than English, Latin, Spanish, French, or German must be accompanied by translation.
  • Each composer can submit up to three pieces for consideration.

Submission and Selection Timeline 

  • Submissions will be accepted through digital submission between March 1, 2021 - April 30, 2021.
  • Winners will be selected by June 1, 2021
  • Winning pieces will be performed at a Chorus Austin concert in Fall of 2021 (depending on state COVID-19 guidelines, exact dates and more information to follow.)


  • Two winners will be selected from the pool of applicants: a first-place winner and a runner-up
  • First place winner will receive:
    • $1250 cash prize
    • Two (2) complimentary tickets to each performance, if held live
    • Live recording of the performance of the composition
    • $250 Travel Reimbursement to attend the premiere performance, if held live (winner is not required to attend)
    • Opportunity to work with Maestro Ryan Heller and Chorus Austin Chamber Ensemble at a scheduled rehearsal before the concerts, either in person or virtually
  • Runner-up will receive:
    • $500 cash prize
    • Two (2) complimentary tickets to each performance, if held live
    • Optional live recording of the performance of the composition

Please click here to submit your application for consideration.