2021 Composer-in-Residence Competition!

Midsummer’s Music has an opening for a young composer to become our 2021 Composer-in-Residence. The residency provides a rich professional development opportunity to gain a unique experience working with world-class musicians on a chamber music score and commission. We draw upon the extraordinary talent of musicians from the Chicago Symphony, Chicago’s Lyric Opera, Milwaukee Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Aspen Music Festival, China National Symphony, the Ravinia Festival, and the renowned Pro Arte Quartet.

The 2021 Application deadline is Friday, January 15, 2021, at 2:00 pm Central Time.
Visit the Midsummer’s Music Composer-in-Residence Competition webpage for details and updates.

$2,500 stipend
Travel expenses (not to exceed $2,500)

Professional performances of the winning score on the Midsummer’s Music 2021 summer concert series.
Audio and video recording of a performance

Must be between the ages of 18 and 35 years
Must be a U.S. citizen

Entry Fee:
There is no entry fee.

Submission Guidelines (chamber pieces preferred):
Each applicant must provide three sample scores in legible, full-score PDF format – no parts.
Recordings must accompany sample scores. The audio recording should be an MP3 or URL web link. A live performance or studio recording is best. (An audio recording of a computer realization is acceptable if no live performance or studio recording is available. Do not send MIDI files.)
Composer biography of no more than 250 words with current address, email address, and phone number in PDF format.
Program notes about each piece submitted – consisting of no more than 250 words – in PDF format.

The selection process will be administered by the Midsummer’s Music Composer-in-Residence committee. The commission must be composed prior to June 2021 and will be rehearsed between July 1 and September 1, 2021. The final commission will include any of the following instruments and combinations: flute (piccolo, alto flute), clarinet (Bb, A, bass clarinet), oboe (English horn), bassoon, French horn, piano, violin, viola, cello, bass.
Please email questions to midsummersmusic@gmail.com.

Announcement of the 2021 Young Composer-in-Residence winner will be Monday, February 15, 2021.

2017-2020 Young Composer-in-Residence Jacob Beranek.

submit an application

1) The committee reserves the right to hold a final round, which may include an interview process.
2) The committee reserves the right not to select a winner.