Composition Competition 2022

Composition Competition 2022

Orpheus Music Composition Competition 2022

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 orchestra) reviewed by Recorder Magazine (UK) and The American Recorder Magazine in 2022/2023 (covid depending). 

Application deadline: 1 October 2022

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We would like to thank the sponsors of this competition Canberra Recorder and Early Music Society CREMS, Sydney Society of Recorder Players, Recorder Players South Australia and Recorder and Early Music Society of West Australia. 


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 here.

Step two - submit your composition to this address 

Note: there is no application fee. 


Please submit a score  and recording for Recorder Orchestra electronically (PDF) by email to .

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 2022. 

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 Orchestra. 

The overall theme of this year's Competition is the Australian Environment. You may interpret this in any way you wish.

"Music has a way of deeply communicating nature's beauty and precipitous frailty in a way that mere words cannot."

Must be playable by a non-professional recorder orchestra (i.e. for recorder societies and guilds). These orchestras make good uses of basses, great basses and contrabass recorders.

The composition should be between 5 -15 minutes. The Recorder Orchestral score may be written only for recorders. 

Any recorders from the recorder family may be used These include the sopranino, soprano /descant, alto/treble, tenor, bass, great bass, contrabass. 

Recorders can be used in any combination desired eg. S A TT BB Gb SB, SS AAAA B Gb SB, AAAAAA, etc...

Minimum of at least 8 parts for recorder orchestra.

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 2022. Honorable mentions may be awarded by judges. 


1st place - $2000 and a publishing contract. (Kindly sponsored by Canberra Recorder and Early Music Society CREMS as part of their 50th Anniversary). It is planned to be filmed and premiered at the CREMS 50th Anniversary by their Recorder Orchestra.

2nd place - $800  and a publishing contract. And will be premiered at the Australasian Recorder Festival 2023. (Kindly Sponsored by the Sydney Society of Recorder Players and Orpheus Music).

3rd place - $500 and a publishing contract. (Kindly Sponsored by the Recorder Players South Australia and

Recorder and Early Music Society of West Australia).


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.

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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