SFCO Composition Competition: $4,000 Prize

Deadline for submissions: September 21, 2018

The Santa Fe Community Orchestra announces a composition competition to be held during the 2018-19 season.


The competition is open to current and former New Mexico residents. There is no age limit for the competition. SFCO members and their immediate families are not eligible, and composers who have previously won the competition or who have been commissioned by the SFCO are not eligible.

Criteria for the work:

The winning piece will be an original composition for orchestra, written for the competition.

Duration: 10 - 15 minutes.

Maximum instrumentation: 2222-4231-timp+2-strings. Minimum instrumentation: 2222-2200-timp-strings.

The numbers represent the number of players available in each section. Available woodwind players may double piccolo, English horn, and/or bass clarinet.

Submissions must demonstrate substantial compositional skill in writing for symphony orchestra, must be clearly and accurately notated, must be playable by the Santa Fe Community Orchestra given the available rehearsal period (7 - 9 rehearsals), and must be complete at the time of submission.

Submission information:

Deadline for submissions: Saturday, September 21, 2018, at 6:00 p.m.

Submissions must be presented as a computer generated score in pdf format, with an accompanying sound file (mp3, aiff, wav. For other formats, please contact us) and must be accompanied by a resume from the composer. Questions about media formats and compatibility must be resolved in advance of the deadline for submissions. One submission per composer.

E-mail and U.S. Mail addresses:

Submissions may be sent electronically to: sfcoinfo@gmail.com or may be sent via U.S. Mail to: Composition Competition, Santa Fe Community Orchestra, 1000 Cordova Pl. #211, Santa Fe, NM 87505.

Selection process, cash prizes, and world premiere performance:

An independent jury will review the submissions and choose two finalists in a blind selection process. The submissions must meet the criteria given above. If none of the compositions submitted fulfill these criteria, the SFCO reserves the right to reschedule the selection process and the date of the final performance, or to cancel the competition. Each composer whose composition is selected by the jury will receive $1,000. The SFCO will read the compositions of the two finalists in an open rehearsal format at a public presentation on date to be announced. The orchestra will vote to select one of the compositions for a world premiere performance at an SFCO concert during the 2018-2019 season. The composer of the winning composition will receive an additional $3,000, and will retain ownership of the copyright of the work.

Contact information:

For more information, contact: sfcoinfo@gmail.com or call 505-466-4879.

The SFCO Composition Competition is generously sponsored by The Mill Foundation.