PRYO will perform at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church on June 1st, at 3pm

The 2019 PRYO Composition Contest:



The Phinney Ridge Youth Orchestra is excited to announce the 2019 composition contest!

This year we are looking for a string quartet to be played by members of the Phinney Ridge Youth Orchestra.

The purpose of the contest is to expand the literature for the high school level string music 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 2019-2020 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.
  • This year's composition is for String Quartet.
  • Duration: 3-5 Minutes.

Important Dates:

  • July 31st, 2019 at 11:59pm PDT: Deadline
  • August 2019: Winner announced
  • September 1st, 2019: Winner must provide all parts
  • December 7th, 2019: Performance of the winning composition at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

Evaluation Criteria:

Scores  will be evaluated based on the quality of the score, 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
Links to download are acceptable.

Submission Fee: $20

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Past Winners:

  • 2018 Winner: Today...Long Ago, by Brian T  Field
  • 2018 Outstanding Merit: Fanfare in Dark Red, by Jim Territo
  • 2018 Outstanding Merit: Valsa Singela, by Mario Cunha Olinto Filho
  • 2018 Honorable Mention: Light of Truth, by Barbabra Harbach
  • 2018 Honorable Mention: Romance for Orchestra, by Mel McIntyre
  • 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