Detroit Symphony opens competition for female composers

Posted on: April 5, 2017

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is accepting submissions for the ninth annual Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award for Female Composers. The award is granted annually to a living woman composer, of any age or nationality, in the spirit of recognizing and supporting the creation of new orchestral works by women. The award recipient will compose an original orchestral work to be performed by the DSO in its classical subscription series. The winner also receives a cash award of $10,000 and a one-month residency at the Ucross Foundation, an artist’s retreat on the High Plains in northern Wyoming. Recent award recipients include Sarah Kirkland Snider, whose Something for the Dark was given its world premiere by the DSO in April 2016, and Britta Byström, whose piece Many, Yet One is scheduled to be premiered in January 2018. Previous Lebenbom winners are Wang Jie, Missy Mazzoli, Du Yun, Cindy McTee, Margaret Brouwer, and Stacy Garrop. The award is named for Elaine Friedman Lebenbom, the first woman composer to earn a degree from the University of Michigan. For more information, visit or contact Katie Curatolo at The deadline for submissions is Monday, May 15, 2017.

Posted April 5, 2017