College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder

High School Composer's Competition

1st Prize:

  • $500 and lessons with two different composition faculty

2nd Prize:

  • Lessons with two different composition faculty

Honorable Mentions:

  • Visit the campus and meet with composition faculty


  • October 15, 2013

Award Announcement:

  • November 1, 2013 (announced by email)


  • All high school students currently residing in Colorado.


The Composition Faculty at the University of Colorado College of Music will act as sole and final judges.

Content Guidelines:

This competition primarily seeks to recognize pieces that fit into the tradition of Art Music Composition where all parts are clearly notated or completely composed by the composer. However, original music in any style will be considered. The judges reserve the right to not award any prize. Each person may only submit one piece for consideration. There is no entry fee.



Fill out the entry form and submit a score and recording (could be live or midi) of your best piece by mail.

Applications should reach our offices by the deadline of October 15, 2013.

We are not able to return your application materials so DO NOT send original manuscripts.

Send score and recording to:

Fred Peterbark: Composers Competition
College of Music
University of Colorado Boulder
301 UCB
Boulder, Colorado 80309-0301