2016 Voortex Live Composition Contest

A collaboration between the Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra and Voortex Productions

Submission Procedure

Our submission process is entirely electronic. Please upload the following in your submission:


Composer biography
Instrumentation list
Program notes
Electronic score and all parts in pdf format
Audio file of work in mp3, aiff or wav format
Payment for the $50 application fee


    Instrumentation may include up to the following: chamber-size string section, 2 flute, 1 oboe, 2 clarinet, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, tuba and 2 percussion (standard multi-percussion, timpani, mallet percussion and drum kit). Compositions employing additional instruments, pre-recorded sounds or additional performers will not be considered. Concertos, symphonies, vocal or choral works, and works for string orchestra, woodwind or brass ensemble, are not eligible.


    Composers are encouraged to think “film score” and use a simplistic approach. Selected works will accompany an emotionally engaging visual performance.

    *Use the below tracks as inspiration for tone and feel. We will be seeking compositions that evoke a simple dramatic feel as well as compositions with crescendoing growth.  



    Each submission must be one movement between 5 and 10 minutes in length.

    Application Fee

    $50 per entry

    Composition Eligibility

    All works must be original and unpublished. Arrangements are ineligible. Works may have been previously performed but not by an orchestra in Washington State (academic performances do not apply).

    Submission Limit

    A composer may submit up to three (3) entries for this project but only one prize will be awarded to any one individual.


    The winner will receive a performance of his or her work by the Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra, an audio recording and $250. 

    Composer Eligibility

    The contest is open to composers of all ages who reside in north central Washington (Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan and Grant Counties) or have resided in the same region for at least two years. Student composers who attend a Washington State public or private school are also eligible.


    All entries, including the application fee, must be digitally submitted by midnight on November 30, 2015. 


    A panel of three judges will evaluate all entries received by the deadline. A work will be judged on its simplistic style and potential to accompany an emotionally engaging visual performance. The winning entries will be announced in January 2016. The rationale of the judges will not be disclosed to the composers. The judges reserve the right to recommend that no award be given. The winners will be required to provide performing rights for this production.


    Winning compositions will be premiered at Voortex Live, featuring the Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra on April 9 & 10, 2016 in Wenatchee, Washington. Winners are expected to attend one rehearsal and the performances.

    Guidelines for Preparing Scores and Parts

    The score should indicate the title, composer and whether it is transposed. Please indicate the work title, instrument and page number on each page of both the score and parts.

    All instrument keys must be notated on both the score and individual parts.

    Frequent rehearsal numbers or measure numbers are essential and must be indicated on the score and all parts.

    Tempo indications should have metronome markings.


    Submissions not complying with the rules of the competition will be disqualified, as will scores not meeting minimum professional standards of notation.


    Voortex Live reserves the right to select and edit the original video that will accompany each composition.