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International Young Women's Composition Competition 2024


We are currently accepting submissions for IYWCC 2024. Open to young women ages 12-18 (as of January 1, 2023) regardless of country. Students of color are especially encouraged to apply. This call is open to all female-identified and non-binary students. We look forward to reviewing your submission!

A note from Artistic Director, Rick Ferguson:

"The Musical Offering's mission supports young musicians as they discover and develop their individual voices. Mentorship and support are available to all interested students from initial concept to finished work."

Who we are:

Founded in 2000, The Musical Offering is a musical home for beginners to bloom and for more experienced musicians to explore their craft. We are proud of our process-oriented teaching philosophy and friendly faculty, investments in local schools, and partnerships with arts organizations equally committed to making music more accessible for all.


2024 Competition Details and Requirements


This year we are very excited to partner with our friends at The EcoVoice Project. The EcoVoice Project uses music and interdisciplinary collaboration to inform, connect, and inspire people to act for environmentally just causes.

2024 Composition Category: Music for Piano and Voice

The Musical Offering and The EcoVoice project have selected 4 poems in the English language with themes of nature to choose from to set to music. Please select ONE of the four poems below to set for the competition. Please scroll further down the page for age group requirements and submission instructions.


Hurt no living thing by Christina Rossetti

Nature is what we see by Emily Dickinson

Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost

Nature's Music by Leonore Hetrick



Please reach out to Rick Ferguson at with any questions about the competition or submission requirements.


Submissions are due by 11:59pm CDT on Monday, September 30, 2024

Level 1 (ages 12-14)

1st Prize: $350
2nd Prize: $250
3rd Prize: $150

Single movement for piano and voice using your choice of one of the 4 poems

Duration: up to 5'00"

Level 2 (ages 15-18)

1st Prize: $450
2nd Prize: $350
3rd Prize: $250

Single movement for piano and voice using your choice of one of the 4 poems

Duration: up to 8'00"

Submission Instructions

Submissions should be in pdf format with attached sound file or link (streaming sites such as Soundcloud or YouTube are also acceptable) and should be emailed to Rick Ferguson at by the due date. Midi files are also acceptable. No handwritten or mailed copies will be accepted. Winning submissions will be selected in late October 2024 and performed in concert as part of The Musical Offering's Women's Composers Series in November 2024. Winners will receive video recordings of their music.

Additional Instrumentation: Electronic sounds (computer generated or synthesized) and/or fixed media (pre-recorded sounds or tape, no video) are allowed.

Past IYWCC Winners

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