National Young Composers Challenge

The Challenge

The Challenge is simple. First, you write your own composition for small ensemble (2 to 6 instruments) or full orchestra. Then, a panel of judges chooses the top three orchestral and top three ensemble compositions to be performed and recorded by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra at the NYCC Composium held at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts - Steinmetz Hall in Orlando, Florida.


At the Composium, each winning orchestral composer will be awarded $1000 and each winning ensemble composer will be awarded $500.

PLUS! Each winner will receive a professional recording of their composition.

2022 Finalists

Each year the National Young Composers Challenge receives a large number of submissions from every corner of the United States. The sophistication and quality of the scores has continued to grow each year. Because of the difficulty of picking only a few winners in each category, the judges also announce the list of finalists from which the winning scores will be selected. Each one of these composers deserves recognition as a winner, but unfortunately only a few scores can be selected from the finalists as winners.

To view the list of 2022 finalists, click here.

2022 Winners

The winners of the 2022 NYCC challege are listed below in alphabetical order.


Piano Quartet #1, Movement 3, Scherzo - Benjamin Rosenthal - Damariscotta, ME - age 14

Melting Icicles - Luke Soneral - Waconia, MN - age 14

Sansori - Christian Yom - Carmel, NY - age 17

Full Orchestra

Between the Waves - Ian Barnett - Miami, FL - age 17

Romp - Jonah Cohen - Farmington Hills, MI - age 18

Scarlet Symphony Movement 1 - Hester the Adulterer - Yuri Lee - Tuckahoe, NY - age 18


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The National Young Composers Challenge is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization supported by grants and in-kind donations from the University of Central Florida, Rollins College, Full Sail University, Timucua Arts Foundation, and the Goldman Charitable Foundation.