Ellis-Beauregard Foundation 2022 Composers Award


The competition is open to composers who currently live in the United States, ages 18 and over. Composers may be in any stage of their careers. Applicants who are or will be students enrolled in degree granting programs are ineligible. We encourage applicants from a variety of musical aesthetics and backgrounds to apply.

Review Process

The entries will be judged on artistic excellence by a three-member jury: composer John Harbison, composer Chen Yi, and conductor André Raphel. All applicants will be notified by the end of December.


$25,000 commission to compose a new orchestral work, 15 to 20 minutes in length, to be premiered by the Bangor Symphony Orchestra during their ’23-’24 season.

Travel and lodging will be provided for the selected composer to attend the new work’s premiere, preceded by a week-long residency in Rockland and Bangor, Maine leading educational activities, attending rehearsals, and participating in public appearances. The composer will receive a recording of the new work.

During the creation of the new work, the composer will have access to the complete archives of artists Joan Beauregard and John David Ellis and the option to visit and stay at the Foundation headquarters in Rockland, ME.


The application opens August 1 and closes September 30.

There is no application fee.

Application must include:

● Two representative scores (PDF) and corresponding recordings (mp3 files or links). At least one of the two works should show the applicant’s ability to write for orchestra.Your name must be removed from scores/recordings.

● A musical CV/resume or bio.

Applications may be submitted via the Submit button below or via the Submittable website