The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Composer Award

The vision of the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation is to encourage, expand and sustain the courageous and imaginative dialogue that is fundamental to the arts. The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation celebrates the value of art to transcend cultures and engage with diverse communities. Through its programs, the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation supports the exploration of the common ground that art occupies, the way it engages people, and its ability to reveal our shared human experience.

To that end and in honor of David Ellis and Joan Beauregard’s love of music, the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation is offering a $20,000.00 Composer Award for the creation of a new work. The work will be performed by the Bangor Symphony Orchestra in their 2021-22 season at the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono, Maine and receive a recording of the performance.

Jurors are:

Augusta Read Thomas, composer; Anthony Davis, composer; Paul Haas, conductor/composer.

The sole criterion is artistic excellence.


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.

To apply please submit:

  • A musical CV/resume or bio.
  • Two representative scores (PDF) and corresponding recordings (mp3 files).  Of the two works submitted, at least one must demonstrate your writing for orchestra.

Applications accepted through beginning July 1, 2020.

Application deadline is August 15, 2020. Applicants will be notified by the end of December, 2020.