Symphony in C

Performing at Rutgers-Camden
Center for the Arts

Mailing Address:
PO Box 8610
Collingswood, NJ  08108

Administrative and Box Office:
576 Haddon Avenue
Collingswood, NJ 08108
Telephone: (856) 240-1503
Facsimile: (856) 240-1519

Stilian Kirov, Music Director
Pamela Brant, President

Young Composers' Competition 2015-2016

As demonstrated by Symphony in C’s core mission, the Symphony has a strong commitment to fostering the careers of young musicians and composers. Each season Symphony in C offers composers the opportunity to submit an original composition for consideration by the Symphony’s artistic staff. Following are the rules and eligibility, application procedures and the winning prize. Also see past winners of the competition and their winning compositions.


  • Performance of the winning work by Symphony in C, conducted by Maestro Stilian Kirov, on September 19, 2015.
  • Professional archival recording of the performance.
  • Subsequent broadcast/webcast by WRTI-FM and wrti.com
  • Round-trip domestic airfare to attend rehearsals and concert.
  • Winning work to be considered by Theodore Presser Company for inclusion in its rental library.


  • Only composers born after September 19, 1985 may apply.
  • Works with a performance history are eligible.
  • Instrumentation may not exceed 3-2-2-2 (incl. standard doublings), 4-3-3-1, Timp., 3 Percussion, Harp, and Strings. Please note the maximum orchestration is slightly different from previous years. Works with soloists are not eligible. An FAQ about instrumentation details is online at www.danieldorff.com/youngcomp-faq.htm
  • Only US citizens, permanent residents, and current foreign students at American schools may apply.
  • Duration should be between 8 and 15 minutes.
  • The winning composer must provide 2 full scores and a full set of parts, with a sufficient string count.
  • The winning composer may be asked to participate in educational outreach programs during the week of rehearsals.
  • Scores must be of a legibility suitable for efficient rehearsal and performance. Parts must be carefully proofread, and of a legibility suitable for efficient rehearsal and performance, with good page turns, and ample rehearsal numbers and cues. We recommend that all entrants consult our guidelines for preparing score and parts. You can download a copy in pdf format from: www.danieldorff.com/images/haddonfield-tipsheet.pdf


  • Send all materials to Symphony in C Young Composers’ Competition, 576 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, NJ 08108. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A NEW ADDRESS. Packages must be postmarked by Auguest 1, 2015.
  • Submit 2 copies of the full score and 1 copy of a sample instrumental part. Only one work may be submitted by each composer. Scores must be submitted as hard copy, not as digital files.
  • A stamped, addressed return envelope must be enclosed for return of all materials. Please use regular stamps as the post office will not accept dated postage metered mail. Submissions sent without a return envelope or sufficient postage will not be returned.
  • Two copies of a recorded performance or reading session, or a piano or midi demo tape are preferred, but are not required. Recordings must be sent as an Audio CD.
  • Each application must include a completed entry form, available at www.danieldorff.com/entryform.htm
  • Supplementary bio materials (2 copies) may be enclosed but are not required.
  • Previous winners are not eligible.
  • Any questions about the application process should be directed to Daniel Dorff, Composer-in-Residence, at 610-306-9480, or competition@danieldorff.com - Please do not direct general inquiries to the orchestra office.

Past Winners:
2014-15: Charles Peck - Metropolitian
  • 2013-14: Jules Pegram – Neon Nights
  • 2012-13: Douglas Buchanan – Malleus
  • 2011-12: Roger Zare - Green Flash
  • 2010-11: Michael Gilbertson - Wingspan
  • 2009-10: Andrew McPherson - Interstate Holiday
  • 2008-09: Clint Needham - Radiant Nation
  • 2007-08: Zhou Tian - The Palace of Nine Perfections
  • 2006-07: Takuma Itoh - Concerto for Orchestra
  • 2005-06: Michael Djupstrom - Prelude to a Forgotten Opera
  • 2004-05: Martin Kennedy - Oranges
  • 2003-04: John Kaefer - Mosaic
  • 2002-03: Anthony Cheung - Serendipitous Scenes
  • 2001-02: David Laganella - Lamentoso
  • 2000-01: Dan Coleman - The Voice of the Rain
  • 1999-00: Carter Pann - Slalom
  • 1998-99: Paul Yeon Lee - Silhouette
  • 1997-98: Amy Scurria - Beyond All Walking
  • 1996-97: Michael Karmon - And the Rhythm Is Just a Little Bit Off...