QUO’s 2017-2018 Composition Contest

Queer Urban Orchestra (QUO) is thrilled to announce our second annual composition contest. For our 2017-2018 season, QUO presents We Are One: A musical journey around the world exploring the depths of the human condition. As part of that season, QUO will feature the winning work in the composition contest in the fourth concert of our series on May 5th, 2018. A second performance may take place on May 6.

Contest Guidelines

QUO’s composition contest serves to find and promote the creative talent of composers who identify as members or allies of the LGBTQ community and to provide a performance opportunity for new works.

  • All composers are welcome to apply.
  • The composition should have a maximum length of 10 minutes.
  • Orchestration can (but need not fully) encompass: 3(any combination), 3(inc. 1 EH), 3 (including either one E-flat or one bass), 2+1 – 4 2 3 1 – tmp+2 – harp – str.
  • QUO’s May 5th performance of the work must be its world premiere.
  • Consideration will be given to relevance to the organization’s mission and the theme of the orchestra’s season.

Entries must be submitted by January 31, 2018. Winners will be notified by March 5, 2018; the winning composer must supply a printed/bound score and digital copies of all parts by March 12, 2018.

In addition to the performance(s) of the work, the winning composer will receive a $250 cash award.

Composer is encouraged to participate in a pre-concert talk with the audience on the evening of the premiere. This is not required for composers who cannot travel to New York.


This is a blind selection process: make sure that your name and other identifying information DO NOT appear on the score or any other links you submit. Applications through this form are sent to a QUO board member, who will number them and submit the anonymous list of submissions to the adjudication panel.

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Title (required)

PDF of score (required)

Brief description of work(required)

Link to audio/midi/video file(optional)

If you have any questions about the contest, please email composition_contest at queerurbanorchestra.org.