Call for Scores!

The Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra (APO) is a volunteer symphony orchestra organized to serve the musical needs of its community and members. Since 2004 the APO has provided culturally and socially enriching, enjoyable experiences that cultivate an appreciation of music and the performing arts in the metro Atlanta area.
Mission Statement
The Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra’s mission is to increase the musical knowledge of its audiences and provide an enriching experience for its members; to provide high quality innovative programing and arts entertainment for Atlanta, Georgia, and the entire Southeast; to exemplify the power and strength of inclusivity among LGBTQ+ individuals and allies within our membership and to participate in the growth of LGBTQ+ arts organizations within the greater Atlanta area.
Composition Competition
The APO exists to enrich the lives of artists and audience members through music. An important aspect of our work is providing visibility and exposure to artists and composers from underrepresented groups. The composition competition is an opportunity for an emerging composer to gain exposure and have their piece performed for a live audience by the APO during one of our regular season concerts.

Score Submission Guidelines

  • Include the title of the piece on your score
  • Do not include your name or any other identifying information on the score
  • Please consider sending the best sounding recording and mp3 is good too.
  • No handwritten scores will be accepted
  • No incomplete scores will be accepted
  • Submissions should be between 5 and 10 minutes long
  • Maximum instrumentation is for full orchestra and is as followed:
    • 2 flutes
    • 2 oboes
    • 2 clarinets
    • 2 bassoons
    • 4 horns
    • 2 trumpets
    • 3 trombones
    • 1 tuba
    • Timpani; 2 percussionists
    • Orchestral strings
    • Do not include harp
Submitting an Application 
This competition is inclusive and we encourage composers from all backgrounds, ages, races, genders, religions, ethnicities, disabilities, and nationalities to apply. Submissions will be judged without identifying information to make the competition as fair as possible.
Application submissions should include:
   A PDF score
   An MP3 / MIDI of the piece
   $25 application fee: pay the fee online
Send all submissions to submissions@atlantaphilharmonic.org. Do not send hard copies.
Only one submission per composer is allowed; Previously performed pieces are eligible
The application deadline is June 1, 2020

Judging and Winner Notification

Compositions will be judged by a committee of composers, artists, orchestra creative staff and orchestra personnel. One composition will be selected for performance. Composers will not receive any ratings or feedback on their submissions. The selection of the winning composition by the committee is final.

  • The composer of the winning composition will be notified by email
  • The composer will receive a recorded performance of their work on DVD, CD, as a link to the performance online or a combination of these as available
  • The winning composer does not need to be present in person at all rehearsals or performances; however, they will need to be available via alternative methods (i.e. email, phone, video) during the rehearsal period for artistic questions
  • Winning composers may be asked to make a short video of themselves talking about their piece for marketing
  • The Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra is unable to provide transportation or lodging to those who wish to be present for the performance

More information is available at https://www.atlantaphilharmonic.org/apo-composition-competition/