Seattle Symphony Celebrate Asia Composition Competition

May 11, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside


17 October 2016

Competition Announcement

The Seattle Symphony announces the seventh Seattle Symphony Celebrate Asia Composition Competition. The Competition seeks to promote and recognize emerging composers who are interested in Asian culture, music and traditions.

In partnership with local community groups, the Seattle Symphony honors and celebrates Seattle’s Asian community with an annual Celebrate Asia event. The concept originated in 2008, through collaboration with local Asian leaders who were keen to strengthen bonds with the broader community through a cultural celebration.

Award and Performance

The winning composer will receive a $1,000 award and an opportunity to visit Seattle for the premiere. The winning score will be premiered by the Seattle Symphony on March 26, 2017, in Benaroya Hall at the annual Celebrate Asia concert.


All composers born after January 1, 1982, are eligible.


Ludovic Morlot, Seattle Symphony Music Director

Simon Woods, Seattle Symphony Executive Director

Elena Dubinets, Seattle Symphony Vice President of Artistic Planning

Yoshi Minegishi, Founding Chair, Celebrate Asia

Submission Guidelines

1)     Works must have Asian influences (for example: Asian folk melodies, Asian stories and legends, Asian traditional instruments).

2)     Works must be new, original and accessible.

3)     Works should be 3 to 6 minutes in duration. (There will be 30 minutes allotted to rehearsing this new work.)

4)     Works should be for orchestra or chamber orchestra with instrumentation no larger than 3333 – 4331 – T+3 – hp – str.  Woodwind doublings are allowed.

5)     The submitted work must have had no prior public performances in the US.

6)     Interested composers should submit:

–          A legible, bound, full score

–          A recording of the piece on a CD (midi-format is OK)

–          A clear description of the composition’s Asian influence(s)

–          A biography, with current address, e-mail address, and phone number


–          If selected, professionally prepared parts and 2 scores will be required 90 days prior to the first rehearsal

Entry Fee and Deadline

There is no entry fee. All entries must arrive no later than Monday, October 17, 2016. Seattle Symphony is not responsible for lost or damaged material. The winning composition will be announced on or before Monday, November 14, 2016.


Send submission to:

Seattle Symphony Celebrate Asia Composition Competition


Seattle Symphony

P.O. Box 21906

Seattle, WA 98111-3669

Questions and inquiries may be emailed to: celebrateasia (at)

About the Seattle Symphony


The Seattle Symphony is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history. Under the leadership of Music Director Ludovic Morlot since September 2011, the Symphony is heard from September through July by more than 500,000 people through live performances and radio broadcasts. It performs in one of the finest modern concert halls in the world — the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall — in downtown Seattle. Its extensive education and community engagement programs reach over 65,000 children and adults each year. The Seattle Symphony has a deep commitment to new music, commissioning many works by living composers each season. The orchestra has made nearly 150 recordings and has received two Grammy Awards, 21 Grammy nominations, two Emmy Awards and numerous other accolades. In 2014 the Symphony launched its in-house recording label, Seattle Symphony Media.