Composition Competition

The Marc Andreas
Competition for Composers

Deadline: Online entries due by April 30, 2020


Grand Prize – 2 hour demo recording session and live performance of the winning work at the July 19 CMIsc concert in Cerritos, California.

Finalist Prize – 2 hour demo recording session for the finalist composition.

Competition Rules

Entries must not have been commercially recorded or previously performed

Entries will be a maximum of 6 minutes in length

Entries must be for any combination of strings (violin, viola, cello) and/or piano.
Works must be for a chamber ensemble (one player per part) of between two and four different instruments (exception: works for 3 or 4 parts may include no more than 2 violin parts).

The competition is open to composers of all ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds, gender expressions and identities, sexual orientations, nationalities, and religious beliefs. They must not be established, career composers whose majority of works have been or are regularly performed.

Guidelines for Anonymous Submission

Entrants create a pseudonym on the entry form at
The composer’s real name must be removed from scores, recordings and from file names submitted.

Composers must submit a highly legible score in PDF format identified by pseudonym.

A live or mp3 recording of the composition identified by pseudonym.
A non-refundable application fee of US $20, payable by check to CMIsc, mailed to
PO Box 1242, Artesia, CA 90702 by April 30.
The winning composers will be notified via email by May 15, 2020  

Direct questions to Kay Pech, Competition Chair,

Marc Andreas Prize Winner—Curtis Liu

2019 Winning Composer Curtis Liu with the Premiere Quartet after performing “Aaron’s Adventure”
Hannah Velez & John Son, violin; Jared Weissberg, cello; Melody Sun, viola; composer Curtis Liu and Sarah Wallin Huff, composition faculty.

video of Liu’s composition

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