New York Youth Symphony seeks scores by young composers

Posted on: September 25, 2019

Submissions are being accepted now through October 18 for the New York Youth Symphony’s First Music competition for composers under the age of 30. Seven awards between $1,000 and $3,000 each will be given this season for orchestral, jazz, and chamber music compositions, with premieres at Manhattan’s Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and TheTimesCenter. In addition, in an expansion of New York Youth Symphony’s partnership with the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, three grand prize winners in the orchestra, jazz, and chamber music categories will be co-commissioned by and premiered at the Interlochen Arts Camp in summer 2021.The New York Youth Symphony (NYYS) has commissioned over 160 original works for orchestra, chamber music, and jazz through First Music since 1984, all of which have been premiered by NYYS ensembles. Composer Christopher Theofanidis is chair of the First Music advisory committee for orchestra and chamber music. Arturo O’Farrill, pianist, composer, and founder of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, chairs the advisory committee for jazz. Orchestra and chamber music submissions must be received by October 18, 2019 for consideration. For more information, visit  

Posted September 25, 2019