Composition Competition

The Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University holds an annual call for scores in two divisions:

  • Current HSoM students
  • All students currently enrolled in high school (or local equivalent)

Composers are encouraged to submit one composition to each of the two categories: even years – Band and Choral; odd years – Orchestra and Jazz.

A top prize in each category will receive a monetary award, virtual masterclass and/or composition lesson, and a performance by an Appalachian State University ensemble during the Fall of 2024 or Spring of 2025 semester.  The runner up in each category will receive a monetary award and a virtual masterclass and/or composition lesson during the Fall 2024 or Spring 2025 semesters.

Travel is not required for the winners (but is welcome), and we will provide opportunities for interacting with the ensembles and faculty via Zoom.


  • Top prize: $200
  • Runner up: $100
  • The top prizes will also receive a video recording of the performance of their composition.


High School Division Call – Link to application
HSoM Division Call – Link to application