Composition Competition


The ACO believes in the cultivation of new music and giving up-and-coming composers the opportunity to have their music performed. Every two years, composers from around the world submit their compositions for the opportunity to have their piece performed by the ACO in one of their regular concerts and the cash prize of $1,000.

Thanks to over 40 composers who submitted an entry to the 2013 ACO Composition Contest by the August 1, 2013 deadline.  Each composition has been reviewed by a panel of three judges, and we are pleased to announce the results:

Winning composition: Tragedy Tomorrow, by Michael Gilbertson

Runner-up: "Baguetelle" from The Bakery, by Diana Sussman

Honorable mention: Song of the Phoenix, by Kevin Witt

Gilbertson's work will be performed by the orchestra during the 2014-15 season. Our next contest will be announced for 2015.