2019-2020 Composers’ Competition

The Heartland Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce the 2019/2020 Composers’ Competition. HSO invites composers nationwide to submit original orchestral compositions. Winners will receive a $1000 monetary prize, an opportunity to work with HSO and its conductor, and a performance CD and DVD. Application instructions are found on the HSO website: www.heartlandsymphony.com. Email HeartlandSymphony@gmail.com or call 1-800-826-1997 for additional information. The winning score will be premiered by the HSO at its Spring 2020 concert series to be presented in three central Minnesota communities: Crosslake (April 2), Little Falls (April 4), and Brainerd (April 5). The winner will also accompany HSO musicians in educational outreach to area schools in each concert area.


  1. Total duration must be between 6 and 10 minutes.
  2. Instrumentation must not exceed: 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, 1 Tuba, Timpani +2 additional percussion players (available instruments: snare drum, bass drum, tam-tam, glockenspiel, xylophone, crash cymbal, suspended cymbal), strings.
  3. Only one work per composer will be considered.
  4. Leave title and name on the score.

Application Package Must Include:

  1. Application form – Please fill out form below and submit.
  2. PDF file of the score
  3. One single page biography, detailing your musical studies to date.
  4. MIDI sound file of the composition

Postmark Deadline: February 1, 2020

Participant will be notified by February 15, 2020 and the First Prize winner must supply Parts (PDF File) by February 29, 2020. Scores and parts must be legible and ready to play. The Heartland Symphony reserves the right to refuse to read any work that does not adhere to these guidelines.


Email Ryan Webber, the Music Director of Heartland Symphony at RyanGWebber@gmail.com or contact the HSO office heartlandsymphony@gmail.com 1-800-826-1997.
2019-2020 Composers’ Competition
Applicant Information Form
*Required Fields

*Composer Name


*Mailing Address






*Title of Composition

Approximate Length of Piece


*List Instrumentation Required

The application package must include the following items. If you are unable to send a file(s) using this form due to the file size, please click the Send button below to send your application and file(s) and then email remaining file(s) to HeartlandSymphony@gmail.com and include 2019-2020 Composers' Competition and your name in the subject line.

PDF File of the Score

One single page biography, detailing your musical studies to date.

MIDI sound file of the composition