September 7, 2019 – September 5, 2020 all-day

The Issaquah Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO), is dedicated to providing qualified youth and experienced adults from Issaquah and surrounding communities an opportunity to perform symphonic music; to foster music education in the community; and to contribute to the enhancement of the performing arts in Issaquah.

In keeping with this mission, the orchestra is pleased to announce the 2nd Young Composer Competition. The competition is open to residents of Washington State who are 25 years of age and younger. Competitors will submit an original orchestral composition not previously performed publicly. The winner will receive a one thousand-dollar ($1000) prize and have their work premiered by the Issaquah Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO).

Competition Requirements:

  • The competition is for young composers who are legal residents of Washington State and who are not older than twenty-five (25) years of age on September 5, 2020.
  • Works submitted must be:
    • An original work not previously performed publicly
    • A composition for full orchestra (full strings, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 French horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani and percussion)
    • No longer than ten minutes
    • Reflect the theme: Migration — by land, air, and sea, creatures move across Washington. From iconic salmon, to intrepid Vaux’s Swifts, to bugling Rocky Mountain Elk, and people too — creatures are in motion!
    • Applicants are encouraged to take into consideration that the IPO is a volunteer community orchestra and has players of varying abilities.
  • All submissions must be postmarked by September 5, 2020.

Submission Process:

Competition application must include:

  • IPO Young Composer Cover Sheet Click for IPO Young Composer Competition Cover Sheet
  • USB flash drive with a copy of the full score in an anonymous PDF format and an anonymous recording in mp3 format. Recordings must be complete (no excerpts) and must be labeled with the title of the work only.
  • Three (3) printed copies of the full score without the composer’s name.

Submit the complete competition application to:

IPO Young Composer Competition

PO Box 1466

Issaquah, WA 98027

Judging and Prize Distribution:

  • Judging will be double-blind with a panel of judges from outside the orchestra scoring the submitted compositions.
  • The winner will retain full rights to his or her work, will provide a full set of parts to the orchestra, and agree to allow the IPO to perform the work for free in perpetuity.
  • The winner will receive a one thousand-dollar ($1000) prize at or after the premier of their work during the 2020-2021 Issaquah Philharmonic Orchestra’s season.


Questions regarding the Young Composer Competition may be sent to:


Please put “Young Composer Competition” in the subject line.

Statement of Non-Discrimination:

The Issaquah Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization does not and shall not discriminate on the basis race, color, religion (creed), gender or gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.