Student Composers Invited to Enter Competition

Aug. 19, 2013

WHATYoung Composers Competition of the Community Music School of Webster University

WHO: Student composers, ages 12-21, in two age categories: Level I for students ages 12-16, and Level II for students ages 17-21. 


  • Recognition at the Young Composers Competition (YCC) concert on Saturday, March 29, 2014.
  • Professional performance and recording of composition at the YCC concert.
  • Invited to participate in composition workshop weekend on March 29-30, 2014. 
  • Written critique and conference with guest composer Dr. Beth Denisch.

WHEN: Entry forms and compositions must be submitted and postmarked by October 25, 2013

ENTRY FORMS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: or call (314) 968-5939 for an entry form and competition guidelines.  

WHERE: All events will be held at the CMS Center on the Webster University campus, 535 Garden Avenue, St. Louis, MO  63119.

Student composers ages 12-21 are invited to submit music compositions to the Young Composers Competition of the Community Music School of Webster University, sponsored by Arden & Harry Fisher.  Deadline for submission is Friday, October 25, 2013.

Since 2004, the Young Composers Competition has recognized and encouraged the efforts of those between the ages of 12 and 21 who are involved in the creative process of composing music.  This program, unique to the St. Louis region, is an open competition which has received submissions from the St. Louis area and throughout the nation.

Guest composer, Dr. Beth Denisch's music has been performed around the world.  Her music has been described as “... wonderfully evocative ... simply splendid,” David Cleary, New Music Connoisseur, “…fierce rhythmic patterns,” Bernard Holland, New York Times, and “... brimmed with personality and drive ...” Anthony Tommasini, The Boston Globe.  Dr. Denisch is currently a Professor at Berklee College of Music and active in the Feminist Theory and Music organization.  Learn more about Dr. Denisch at

Founded in 1925, CMS offers outstanding music education and performance opportunities to students of all ages and abilities and serves the entire St. Louis metropolitan region and beyond.  Classes are available at CMS headquarters located on the Webster University campus in Webster Groves, at Faust Park in West County, and in University City.  For more information, call 314-968-5939 or visit

The Community Music School of Webster University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and is a certified member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts.   The Community Music School receives assistance from the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis and the Regional Arts Commission.