Gonzaga Composition Competition

Gonzaga University Music Department announces the first Gonzaga Composition Competition.  Open to current high school students, (age 14-18 by the deadline of February 1st, 2022), submitted compositions will be judged by a screening panel of Michael Daugherty, Professor of Composition, University of Michigan, Robert Spittal, Professor of Music, Gonzaga University, and Shuying Li, Assistant Professor of Composition and Music Theory, Gonzaga University.  Three winning composers will each receive a high-quality recording by professional musicians.


Current High school students ages 14-18 on or before February 1st, 2022 are eligible to apply.


Flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano.  Compositions may be scored for any subsets of the instrumentation listed from solo to quintet.


Compositions may not exceed 10 minutes in length.

Materials for Submission

Applications will only be accepted via this link.

Composers must include the following materials:

  • Full score (PDF format only, do not include parts).
  • Receipt of application fee submission.

It is strongly encouraged that composers also include these additional materials in their application:

  • Audio recording of the piece (MP3 preferable, though MIDI rendering is acceptable)
  • Program Notes.


$15 each composition.  Composers may submit up to 3 works per person.  Entry fee accepted online via this link*.

*Please upload your payment receipt to the submission form.


A panel of judges will choose three winning compositions as First Prize, Second Prize, and Third Prize, to be awarded a high-quality recording by professional musicians.  A recording session by professional musicians will be held on March 21st, 2022.  Awardees will receive the edited recording in April 2022.  It is strongly preferred that the prize winners be present at the recording session; however, at this time the committee cannot provide financial support towards airfare and accommodations for travel arrangements.


Submissions must be time-stamped by 11:59pm PST on February 1, 2022.  Winners will be announced by March 1, 2022.


Please direct all inquiries to Shuying Li.