Butler Texas Young Composers Competition and Concert


2019-2020 Sarah and Ernest Butler Austin Symphony Texas Young Composers Competition!

Cash Prizes awarded – 1st Place $3,000; 2nd Place – $2,500; 3rd Place – $2,000; 4th Place – $1,500; 5th Place – $1,000; All Runners Up – $500

The Austin Symphony invites young Texas composers, ages 18 & younger, to participate in the ASO’s 10th 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: 3 Flutes (Piccolo), 3 Oboes (English Horn), 3 Clarinets (Bass Clarinet), 3 Bassoons (Contra), 4 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, 1 Tuba, 1 Timpani, 4 Percussion (maximum of 4 players), 1 Harp, 1 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.

Eight (8) 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 July 24, 2020 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 the performance 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.

A special thank you to our sponsors for making this concert possible!

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
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: acorroa@austinsymphony.org.
Works sent via email are to be sent as FINAL or SIBELIUS files and MP3s (for sound file). Enclose all files in a single folder entitled ASO Young Composers Competition 2019-{insert your name}. The email subject line should be titled exactly like the folder.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Sunday, March 22, 2020


The winning composer(s) must attend rehearsals scheduled for July 24, 25 and 26, 2019 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 ext. 1203