• Production shot from DON GIOVANNI
  • french horns
  • choir and orchestra
  • pianist, clarinetist, and violinist
  • violin section of orchestra
  • wind orchestra

Northridge Composition Prize

The Music Department at California State University, Northridge is pleased to announce the
14th edition of the Northridge Composition Prize, an annual competition designed to support
the creation and premiere of new orchestral works by young and emerging composers. The prize
will consist of a performance with the CSUN Symphony under the direction of John Roscigno
during the 2016-2017 season, and an award of $1000. When submitting your compositions,
please observe the following guidelines:

1. The competition is open to composers of any nationality who are currently residing or
studying in the U.S., and who have not reached their 35th birthday by April 15, 2016.

2. Each candidate may submit any number of compositions for large orchestra without soloists
(3333-4331-4pc, timp, pno, hp-strings), with the duration of 7 to 15 minutes each. Works for
string orchestra or chamber orchestra with at least 20 players will be considered as well. The
application fee is $20 for each work submitted.

3. The postmark deadline for submitting scores is April 15, 2016, with the winner and concert
date to be announced by July 1, 2016. The winning composer will have to submit a complete
set of parts by August 15, 2016, attend the premiere performance, and give a short presentation
of the piece to the composition faculty and students at CSUN before the concert.

4. All works submitted must have not been performed or recorded by the CSUN premiere date.
Works that have been performed during reading sessions will be accepted, as long as the reading
session was held by a high school or college orchestra, and was not followed by a public
premiere performance.

5. Please submit an anonymous copy of the score and a MIDI or reading session recording, if
available. Only the title and duration of the composition should be printed on the score and
recording. On a separate sealed envelope write the title of the work, and inside, include your
name, phone number and e-mail address, as well as the application fee check or money order
payable to CSUN. Include a SASE if you would like your score returned.

6. All anonymous compositions will be judged by a committee consisting of Liviu Marinescu, Arthur Joseph McCaffrey, Milen Kirov and John Roscigno.

7. Mail a copy of your score and all other materials to:

Liviu Marinescu, Director
Northridge Composition Prize
CSUN Department of Music
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330-8314

For further information, please contact Dr. Liviu Marinescu at

Past winners: