2018 PRYO Contest Winners!

1st Prize

Today...Long Ago, by Brian T  Field

Oustanding Merit

Fanfare in Dark Red, by Jim Territo

Valsa Singela, by  Mario Cunha Olinto Filho

Honorable Mention

Light of Truth, by Barbabra Harbach

Romance for Orchestra, by Mel McIntyre

The PRYO Composition Contest:

Phinney Ridge Youth Orchestra Composition Contest


The Phinney Ridge Youth Orchestra is excited to announce the 2018 composition contest!

The  purpose of the contest is to expand the literature for the high school  level string orchestra and to encourage the creation of new music.  The  parts must be playable by good high school age musicians. One winner  will be selected for a world-premiere concert during the 2018-2019 season.

The Phinney Ridge Youth Orchestra is a string orchestra for young artists in high school in the greater Seattle Area. 


The composition contest is open to all composers regardless of age or nationality.

The composition must not have been performed publicly.

We are a small chamber orchestra so please do not write divisi parts.


Duration: 3-5 Minutes.

Important Dates:

  • July 31st, 2018 at 11:59pm PST: Deadline
  • August 2018: Winner announced
  • September 1st, 2018: Winner must provide all parts
  • December: Performance of the winning composition at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

Evaluation Criteria:

Scores  will be evaluated based on the quality of the score, the playability of  the parts, and on artistic merit. Any score that is illegible or too  difficult will not be considered.

The  PRYO reserves the right to change the date of performance due to  programming consideration.  By submitting a work competitors agree to  these conditions of entry.

Submission Process:

Applicants should submit:

Pdf of the Score (Clearly Legible)

Mp3 (Midi Mockups are acceptable)

Program Notes

Brief Bio (200 words or less)

Submissions via email only to todd@seattleschoolofstrings.com
Links to download are acceptable.

Submission Fee: $20

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Past Winners:

  • 2016 Winner: Lie Down, Under Stormy Nights by Stephen Ryan Jackson
  • 2016 Honorable Mention: Chorale '15 by Toby Roundell
  • 2016 Honorable Mention: Fuga Classica by Marco Reghezza