Composition Competition 2021

Composition Competition 2021

Composition Competition 2021 

Categories : Composition Competition 

Apply for the opportunity to have your work published, promoted and performed. You may also be offered a Publishing Contract with Orpheus Music, and have your music (for recorder quartet) reviewed by Recorder Magazine (UK) and The American Recorder Magazine in 2022/2023 (covid depending). 

Application deadline: 1 October 2021 

Click here to apply.  or visit


You are an Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen or you are an international or national student enrolled in a course of study in Australia. 

You may enter for this competition even if you have been published by Orpheus Music before. 

Open to any age. 

Compositional Eligibility: 

Composition must not have won a place in any other composition competition. 

Must have been composed in the last 2 years. 

One entry per person. 


Step one - fill in an application form (trybooking link). 

Step two - submit your composition to this address 

Note: there is no application fee. 


Please submit a score for recorder sextet electronically (PDF) by email to . 

You may submit a handwritten score. It would be our preference to receive an mp3 or midi recording along with the score -  however, this is not compulsory. 

Our selection process is anonymous. 

The score may not contain any identifying information (no name, publisher, or dates, please). 

Please make sure no identifying data or metadata is attached to the sound files, other than the title of the piece. The name and information of the composer (author) submitted in the registration process will be shielded from judges and revealed only after final selections have been made. 

You may submit program notes of 200 words or less with an "Abstract" section. 

Deadline for receipt of materials is 1 October 2021. 

In the unlikely event that there is not sufficient participation to ensure a large enough pool of entries, Orpheus Music reserves the right to cancel the competition. 

Orpheus Music reserves the right to not award any prizes if there is deemed that there is not a sufficient level of compositional artistry in the scores submitted. 

Compositional Criteria: 

This competition is for Recorder Sextet. 

There are no limitations on the level of difficulty for the composition. 

The composition should be between 3-15 minutes. The Recorder Sextet may be written only for recorders. 

However, any recorders from the recorder family may be used These include the garklein, sopranino, soprano /descant, alto/treble, tenor, bass, great bass, contrabass, subgreatbass, subcontrabass. 

Recorders can be used in any combination desired eg. SATTBB, SSAAAAB, AAAAAA, etc... 

You may section the composition into movements or keep it as one piece. 

Places:1st, 2nd, and 3rd places will be offered in each section. 

Winners will be announced 20th November 2021. Honorable mentions may be awarded by judges. 


1st place - $800 + and a publishing contract* + plus a recording of composition (covid depending). 

We would like to Thank the sponsor of the 1st prize, Victorian Recorder Guild (VRG). 

2nd place - $400 + and a publishing contract* + plus a recording of composition (covid depending). 

We would like to Thank the sponsor of the 2nd prize, Canberra Recorder & Early Music Society (CREMS). 

3rd place - $200 + and a publishing contract* 

We would like to Thank the sponsor of the 3rd prize, Recorder and Early Music Society of Western Australia (REMSWA). 


Compositions that do not receive a place may be considered for a publishing contract with Orpheus Music. If such an offer is made and you choose to accept, we can also offer to promote your published music with a recording, and to send your published Orpheus Music composition to be reviewed by Recorder Magazine (UK) and The American Recorder Magazine in 2022/2023. 

Note: Honorable mentions may be offered publishing contracts. 

*Orpheus Music reserves the right to offer or to not offer publishing contracts to prizes winners. 

Prizes winners will receive prize money and recording with or without a publishing contract offer. 

Judging Panel: 

There will be three members on the judging panel. 

 Selection Process: The judging panel will select three top prizes by November 20th.They may award one or more honourable mentions. 

All entrants will be notified by email of their selection and prize. 

All decisions taken by the judging panel are final and irrevocable. 

There will be no correspondence about the judges’ decisions. 

Disclaimer: Orpheus Music may use photos, audio recording, and any videos on social media and use this to promote the competition and Orpheus Music without asking further authorisation from the contestant. 

Questions may be addressed to 


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