Composition Competition

2018 Composition Competition: Call for Scores

Call for Scores in PDF

The Official 2018 Entry Form in PDF

The Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (TCAGO) announces a competition for an unpublished work for solo pipe organ of a Theme and Variations of 3-5 minutes or less in length. Pre-existing melodies must be in the public domain.

A single prize of $1500 USD will be awarded. Any person with permanent residence in North America is eligible to submit a composition that is a minimum of three (3) and no longer than five (5) minutes in length. The name of the composer may not appear on the score, and the Official 2018 Entry Form must be submitted with the composition. TCAGO is unable to offer receipts. There is no entry fee. Each composer may submit one score. An electronic version of the score is strongly encouraged, submitted as a PDF attachment (must be 8.5x11) to The Entry Form must be submitted as a separate PDF in the same email, so that score is one PDF and entry form another attachment in the same message. Additionally, MP3 attachments along with PDFs are acceptable. If submitting via mail, manuscripts must be typeset on 8.5x11 white stock, not to exceed 24# paper weight. Entries not conforming to these standards shall be disqualified. The submission may have been previously performed, but must be unpublished and cannot have won a prize in any other composition. Only scores submitted with SASE shall be returned. No member of the TCAGO Board or its officers may submit an entry. If in the opinion of the judges, no entry is worthy of the prize, it shall not be awarded. 

Submissions must be postmarked before 1 August 2018

Winner will be announced 1 September 2018.

Please submit to:

AGO Composition Contest
239 Selby Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102

Past Winners of the Twin Cities AGO Composition Competition

2017: no prize awarded
2016: Brenda Portman, Elegy
2015: Erik Meyer, Lydian Suite
2014: Kenneth Logan, Maestoso Jubilante: A Wedding Processional
2013: no prize awarded
2012: Craig Carnahan, Psalm 130: Out of the Depths

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