Young Composer Competition



The Young Composer’s Competition is an annual competition that helps provide young and talented bay area composers with an opportunity to compose for a symphony orchestra.  The competition is open to bay area composers 24 years old or younger at time of application deadline.  Applicants must be either US citizens, Permanent Residents, or currently studying music in the US with a Student Visa.  

The winning composer will be commissioned by the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra to compose a work for the 2016-17 season.  The composer will receive feedback and guidance from Youth Orchestra Principal Conductor Omid Zoufonoun.  All expenses for the reproduction of scores and parts will be covered by the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra.  An archive recording of the premiere performance will also be provided.
Please contact Tiffany Bayly, Operations Manager at with any questions.


Applications for 2016-17 Competition are now being accepted throug December 1, 2016.  Please fill out and maill back your application along with the requested materials.


2016-17 Young Composer Competition Application



Previous Winners

2016 – Daniel Werth                                   Honorable Mentions – Karen Bao, Karna Mendonca

2015 – Grant Griffin, Russian Overture       Honorable Mention – Tom Dreiman

2014 – Preston Nowakowski, Ascension