The PRYO Composition Contest:

Deadline May 31st, 2016 11:59pm PST

The Phinney Ridge Youth Orchestra is excited to announce the 2016 composition competition!

The purpose of the contest is to expand the literature for the high school level string orchestra and to encourage the creation of new music.  The parts must be playable by good high school age musicians. One winner will be selected for a world-premiere concert during the 2016-2017 season.

The Phinney Ridge Youth Orchestra is a string orchestra for young artists in high school in the greater Seattle Area.


The composition contest is open to all composers regardless of age or nationality.

The composition must not have been performed publicly.

Submission Fee: $20

Important Dates:

May 31st, 11:59pm PST: Deadline

June 2016: Winner announced

July 1st: Winner must provide all parts

November 19th: Performance of the winning composition at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

Applicants should submit:

Pdf of the Score (Clearly Legible)

Mp3 (Midi Mockups are acceptable)

Program Notes
Brief Bio (200 words or less)




3-5 Minutes

Evaluation Criteria:

Scores will be evaluated based on the quality of the score, the playability of the parts, and on artistic merit. Any score that is illegible or too difficult will not be considered.

Submissions via email only to
Links to download are acceptable.


Please email

The PRYO reserves the right to change the date of performance due to programming consideration.  By submitting a work competitors agree to these conditions of entry.

Seattle School of Strings