Composition Competition

Announcing the Winner of the First Annual Composition Competition

We are delighted to share that the winner of the First Annual Composition Competition is Aidan McCormack! Aidan's piece, "Sun and Shadow on the Blackfoot," will be premiered this summer by Montana Youth Symphony.

Composition Competition Information

2025 Submission Deadline TBD


• $1000 cash prize
• World Premier by the Montana Youth Symphony
• Consideration to add piece to MASO music library

Submission Specifications

Piece to be:
• A concert overture, festive in nature and suited to be played by a festival orchestra
• Playable by an advanced youth orchestra with standard instrumentation
• Duration 3-5 minutes

Submission Materials

Submission to consist of:
• PDF Score
• Digital mp3

Submissions may be submitted on this webpage via the submission portal.

Submission Evaluation

Submission will be adjudicated by a panel of recognized American composers.


All young emerging composers in Montana are encouraged to apply. This includes, but is not exclusive of, those who are current students or graduates of a Montana high school or university, or those born, raised, residing in, or have some other connection to Montana. For questions regarding eligibility, please email