Ask any composer, and he’ll tell you how important it is to be able to hear your music performed live. He’ll also tell you how difficult it can be to find musicians willing to perform your composition. Now, composition students ages 12-18 will be able to compete for each of these opportunities through the Music Institute of Chicago‘s (MIC) Generation Next Young Composer’s Competition. Prizes range from $75-$350. In addition, winners will hear their works performed live at Nichols Concert Hall, receive a CD recording of the performance, and become eligible for scholarships to participate in MIC’s Composer’s Lab.
This year’s Winner’s Concert takes place March 9, 2012, as part of MIC’s annual Four Score Festival. The performance will also feature works from MIC’s Composer’s Lab Program, created by Composer-in-Residence Mischa Zupko, and performances by young composers from the studio of Chicago-based composer Dr. Stacy Garrop. MIC has partnered with 98.7 WFMT to record the performance for future broadcast on the popular radio program Introductions, which celebrates talented pre-college classical musicians.
For complete guidelines and an application, visit