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YWCC 2023 has concluded. Stay tuned for information about the 2024 competition.
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Young Women's Composition Competition 2023


We are currently accepting submissions for YWCC 2023. 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.


Submissions are due by 11:59pm CDT on Saturday, September 30, 2023

Level 1 (ages 12-14)

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

Single movement for solo violin, viola, or cello with piano

Duration: up to 5'00"

Level 2 (ages 15-18)

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

Single movement for solo violin, viola, or cello with piano

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 2023 and performed in concert as part of The Musical Offering's Women's Composers Series on October 28, 2023. Winners will receive video recordings of their music. The submission fee is $15, payable via The Musical Offering's PayPal. 

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

Past YWCC Winners

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