National Young Composers Challenge

The Challenge

The Challenge is simple. First, you write your own composition for small ensemble (2 to 6 instruments) or full orchestra. Then, a panel of judges chooses the top three orchestral and top three ensemble compositions to be performed and recorded by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra at the NYCC Composium held at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts - Steinmetz Hall in Orlando, Florida.


At the Composium, each winning orchestral composer will be awarded $1000 and each winning ensemble composer will be awarded $500.

PLUS! Each winner will receive a professional recording of their composition.

2022 Finalists

Each year the National Young Composers Challenge receives a large number of submissions from every corner of the United States. The sophistication and quality of the scores has continued to grow each year. Because of the difficulty of picking only a few winners in each category, the judges also announce the list of finalists from which the winning scores will be selected. Each one of these composers deserves recognition as a winner, but unfortunately only a few scores can be selected from the finalists as winners.

To view the list of 2022 finalists, click here.

2021 Honorable Mentions

The judges would like to recognize two compositions that came close to being selected as winners and deserve Honorable Mentions.


Piano Quintet No. 1 - Kevin Nam - Bellevue, WA - age 17

Full Orchestra

Emergent - Siddarth Pant - San Jose, CA - age 16

2021 Winners

The winners of the 2021 NYCC challege are listed below in alphabetical order.


Migraine for String Quartet - Jack Kaiser - Interlochen, MI - age 16

Mosquito Stars - Yuri Lee - Tuckahoe, NY - age 17

Altitude - Luca Pasquini - Denver, CO - age 17

Full Orchestra

Vis Viva - Jonah Cohen - Farmington Hills, MI - age 17

Wonder of the World - Jacob Evarts - Locust Grove, GA - age 18

Like a Single Star in the Night Sky - Charlie Zhong - Brookline, MA - age 14

2019 Winners

Since the 2020 and 2021 NYCC Composiums were cancelled due to the Covid pandemic, the winners of the 2019 National Young Composers Challenge were performed and recorded at the 2022 Composium along with the winners for 2021. The 2019 winners are listed below in alphabetical order.


Rainfall Through Windshields - Joey Baroco - Pensacola, FL - age 16

Snowfall in Spring - Gabriel Fynsk - Brooklyn, NY - age 18

Needles to the Ground - Jane Meenaghan - Los Angeles, CA - age 18

Full Orchestra

Assembly for Summer Voices - Ian Barnett - Key Biscayne, FL - age 15

Rescue Mission for Two - Jayden Tiemann - Princeton, IL - age 17

Battle of the Orchestra - Brendan Weinbaum - Atlanta, GA - age 17


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The National Young Composers Challenge is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization supported by grants and in-kind donations from the University of Central Florida, Rollins College, Full Sail University, Timucua Arts Foundation, and the Goldman Charitable Foundation.