​The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Ryan Haskins are pleased to issue a "Call for Scores" for the SCSO’s 2020 Composer of the Year Competition.

The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra is committed to the education, development, and promotion of American composers. The SCSO Composer of the Year Competition is designed to annually highlight one, talented composer who is currently in the early stages of their professional career. In addition to a One-Thousand US dollars ($1,000.00) monetary prize, the SCSO’s Composer of the Year will receive a premiere performance by the Sioux City Symphony, press/media coverage, scheduled lectures at selected local colleges and universities, and involvement in a variety of other community-related outreach programs.

Composer of the Year

2020 Call for Scores


1. Applicants must be US Citizens in the early stages of their professional career.

2. Submitted work may not have received a performance or a reading by a professional orchestra. (school/conservatory performances do not count as professional readings/performances)

3. Work should be five (5) to fifteen (15) minutes in length.

4. Not eligible are concertos, choral works, and works for winds/brass only.

                                                     (works for strings only will be accepted)

5. Instrumentation must not exceed:

2 fl [1.2/pic] , 2 ob [ 1.2/eh], 2 cl [1.2/bcl], 2 bsn [1.2/cbn], 4 hn, 2 tp, timp +1, pf/cel, str



1. Score must be submitted in PDF format

2. One (1) computer-generated score of a work written within the last five (5) years

3. A recording is required (MIDI is acceptable)

4. One (1) current curriculum vitae that includes applicants current address, telephone number, email address, and proof of US Citizenship

5. A short bio of the composer in PDF format (150 words max)

6. A brief description of the work and notes detailing performance history if any, including all dates and names of performing ensembles.

7. Entry Fee of Twenty-Five US dollars ($25.00) payable via PayPal.com link below


All materials must be submitted via email: siouxcitysymphony@gmail.com


After the selection panel reviews all of the entries, the Composer of the Year will then be chosen and their work will be performed on Saturday,  March 14, 2020, by the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra. The Composer of the Year will travel to Sioux City and be a part of the rehearsal process for the premiere of their work in addition to other scheduled community outreach activities.


The selection panel will include Music Director, Ryan Haskins, composer, Clint Needham; and other members of the artistic team.


Finalists will be interviewed (via phone) by the committee and are expected to succinctly speak about their work, their compositional process, and offer any additional concepts that may help an audience engage with their work.


Applicants will be notified of the results no later than Monday, November 4, 2019.


Upon selection, the Composer of the Year must provide the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra with a complete set of parts (at no additional cost to the SCSO) that conform to the American Composers Forum Music Copying Guidelines.



The Sioux City Symphony will provide the Composer of the Year with one (1) round trip flight to Sioux City, IA.



The Sioux City Symphony will provide the Composer of the Year with hotel accommodations and local ground transportation during their residency in Sioux City.



The Sioux City Symphony will award a monetary prize of One-Thousand US dollars ($1,000.00) to the named Composer of the Year (recipient is responsible for all US taxes associated with prize money).







Applications must be received by Monday, October 7, 2019



US Citizens / Composer in the early stages of their professional career



Twenty-Five US dollars ($25.00)

(Payable via PayPal link below)



One (1) work per applicant will be considered

Composition must be between five (5) and fifteen (15) minutes in duration



Copy of passport or birth certificate




2 fl [1.2/pic] , 2 ob [ 1.2/eh], 2 cl [1.2/bcl], 2 bsn [1.2/cbn], 4 hn, 2 tp, timp +1, pf/cel, str



Named SCSO Composer of the Year

One-Thousand US dollars ($1,000.00)

Premiere performance by the SCSO (March 14, 2020)



One (1) score in PDF format to be emailed to the address below

Recording is required, MIDI is acceptable

Short bio in PDF format (150 words max) emailed with score and entry fee




Email the following to siouxcitysymphony@gmail.com:

___ One (1) computer-generated score in PDF format

___ Recording of piece - MIDI is acceptable

___ A brief description of the piece submitted                   

___ Short composer bio (150 words max) in PDF format

___ Curriculum Vitae including current address, telephone number, and email address

___ Proof of US Citizenship (scan)

All materials are to be electronically submitted.


___ Entry Fee -  Twenty-Five US dollars ($25.00)







Please email all questions to:



***Submitted compositions that do not conform to these guidelines cannot be considered for the inclusion of this Call for Scores.


***The decision of the selection panel is final and also reserves the right not to award a prize in a given year.


***Honorable Mention will be awarded at the discretion of the selection panel.

Past Winners

Hilary Purrington

Michael Gilbertson

Michael-Thomas Foumai

Patrick O'Malley

Emily Cooley

Saad Haddad

Roger Zare

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