5th Annual Sarah and Ernest Butler Austin Symphony Texas Young Composers Competition and Concert

Anthony J. Corroa
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(512) 476-6064, ext. 1203 or
cell: (512) 923-1524


2014-2015 Sarah and Ernest Butler Austin Symphony Texas Young Composers Competition Announced!

Cash Prizes awarded – 1st Place $3,000; 2nd Place – $2,000; 3rd Place – $1,000

NOTICE: To all Young Composers
Below is a listing of all the entrants for this year’s Texas Young Composers Contest. Please check to see if your name is on the list. If you submitted your work and your name does not appear on this list, please contact me immediately. Occasionally, submissions via email do not reach our office and we want to be sure no one is left out.
Anthony Corroa, Executive Director
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512-476-6064, ext. 1203 (office)

  • Ali, Austin
  • Barker, Josh
  • Berry, Zachary
  • Cartwright, Collin
  • Dow, Timothy
  • Falco, Julian
  • Goodwin, Isabel
  • Hale, Donald
  • Hein, Maximilien
  • Kelly, Nathan
  • Knox, Jackson
  • Lai, Samuel
  • Largent, Avery
  • Li, Dara
  • Mackwell, Alan
  • Mathieu, Sophie
  • Miller, Daniel
  • Perez, Justin
  • Rao, Abhijit
  • Rana, Alex Kirk
  • Raymond, Matthew
  • Robinson, Siobhan Cassidy
  • Rodriguez, Michelangelo
  • Sage, Harry
  • Samadzada, Aaron
  • Villaroya, Isaac
  • Wilson, Adam
  • Wohleb, Jacob
  • Yoon, Joy

The Austin Symphony invites young Texas composers, ages 18 & younger, to participate in the ASO’s 5th Annual Sarah and Ernest Butler Austin Symphony Texas Young Composers Competition. Interested students may submit one full original (not an arrangement) orchestral composition 7 minutes or less in length. Works should use standard orchestral instrumentation and normal doublings: Flutes (Piccolo), Oboes (English Horn), Clarinets (Bass Clarinet), Bassoons (Contra), Horns, Trumpets, Trombones, Tuba, Timpani, Percussion, Harp, Piano and Strings. Works requiring electronics or special effects should not be submitted. Works may not have been previously performed, recorded or published professionally. Works not adhering to these guidelines will be disqualified.

One or possibly two of the winning compositions will be played at a series of concerts performed at local Austin area high schools by the Austin Symphony Orchestra on January 27-30, 2015. In addition, between 8 and 10 of the top chosen works will be premiered at the Texas Young Composers Concert at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin, TX on April 2, 2015 by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Should the winning composers reside outside of the Austin area, s/he and parent(s) will be offered travel reimbursement and hotel accommodations in Austin to attend rehearsals and performances of their work. In addition, a professional archival recording of his/her specific work in performance will be made for the composer’s personal study.

Materials to be Submitted
1. Submit the electronic file of the composition, labeled with your name and title of work; include duration of the work, year written, and a short program note describing the composition. The required music writing software is FINALE or SIBELIUS. Download the required FINALE template here or for SIBELIUS users click here.
2. One recording of the work from the synthesized music writing program. Emailed recordings must be in MP3 format or sent as a CD recording via regular mail.
3. A short biography and personal photo of the composer. Include name, address, phone number and email.
4. A Self Addresses Stamped Envelope, if you submit materials via regular mail and would like your work and recording returned. Materials submitted without an SASE will be either kept in our files or discarded.

Directions for Submitting Materials
1. Works may be sent via regular mail to:
Austin Symphony Texas Young Composers Competition
ATTN: Anthony Corroa
1101 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78701

2. Works may be sent via email to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Works sent via email are to be sent as FINALE or SIBELIUS files and MP3s (for sound file). Enclose all files in a single folder entitled ASO Young Composers Competition 2014-{insert your name}. The email subject line should be titled exactly like the folder.

WINNER NOTIFIED: December 22, 2014

The winning composer(s) must attend rehearsals scheduled for January 25 & 26 (chosen piece for High School concerts) and March 31 & April 1, 2015 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin, TX (All winners). The winning composer(s) must provide proof of age and residency in the State of Texas.

The Austin Symphony Orchestra reserves the right to declare that a winner does not exist if the entry requirements and the musical standards are not fulfilled.

For additional information, contact:

Anthony J. Corroa, Executive Director
Austin Symphony Orchestra
1101 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 476-6064
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