• US $1500 cash
  • Performance by Left Coast Chamber Ensemble during the 2018-2019 concert season
  • Recording of the live performance


Composers of all ages and nationalities may apply.

Select any combination of the following instrumentation for 1-7 players. 

  • 1 Voice (Soprano or Tenor)
  • 1 Flute (doubling Alto Flute and/or Piccolo)
  • 2 Oboes (one doubling English Horn)
  • 1 Clarinet (doubling B flat, A, E flat, and/or Bass Cl.)
  • 1 Piano
  • 1 Percussion
  • 2 Violins
  • 2 Violas
  • 2 Cellos
  • 1 Double Bass
  • 1 Guitar

Length: 5-20 minutes

Score: Each composer must submit a legible score of professional quality. No marks identifying the composer must appear anywhere on the score.

Format: Live recordings are preferred. MIDI realizations are acceptable.

Preparing your score: Label your score(s) with a pseudonym (don't use your real name on your score).

Number of entries: Composers may submit as many works as they like, each one accompanied by an entry fee and a separate application.

Payment: The entry fee is $16 for each composition

You may not enter the contest if any of these conditions apply:

  • The submitted work must not have been professionally recorded for commercial CD release.
  • Musicians, board members, and composers already affiliated with the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble may not enter the competition; likewise, their spouses, domestic partners and relatives may not enter the competition.

(Extended 24 hours because of previous typo!)

Winner will be announced late May 2018.

For further information or questions, contact us by e-mail at Info@LeftCoastEnsemble.org

Good luck!


photo credit: Jeanette Yu