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fourth annual


Young Composer Concert


call for participants

This totally FREE program invites Austin-area youth ages 8 to 18 to create original pieces of music and collectively produce a concert in which their works are performed live by a professional ensemble. 

Are you interested to write your own music? Have you been composing here and there? Do you already have works written that you'd like to bring to life?

this is the program for you!


highlights of participation

  • Your music performed and recorded by a professional ensemble

  • Experience producing a concert

  • One-on-one sessions with a professional mentor

  • Developing connections to other young composers

  • Exposure to a wider audience

  • Access to a network and community of influencers & special events

  • It's FREE!

The details

Between September 2018 and March 2019, participants compose on their own time, and gather monthly with their Young Composer peers and our staff. Designed to help you overcome challenges in the artistic process, learn more about writing for new instruments, or get new ideas, we share artistic progress at these meetings and and receive feedback and assistance from peers, composer Graham Reynolds, and performing ensemble members.

We also work collectively to produce the finale concert. Through active participation, the Young Composers develop extra-musical skills, such as graphic design, press outreach, rehearsal scheduling, and more. On occasion, the gatherings also include special learning opportunities based on your interests, such as exposure to composers working in the film & video game scoring industries.

Beyond the ongoing access to feedback and support, Golden Hornet Young Composers receive two one-on-one sessions with a mentor, who are professional composers and educators making waves in the local music industry. You, the participant, select your desired mentor based on your interests and goals from a list of potential mentors in our network.

As a finale to the program, in March 2019, a professional ensemble performs the participants' pieces in a live, publicly accessible concert that receives press coverage and includes brief, on-stage interviews with the Young Composers.

The instrumentation for the ensemble will be modified Pierrot ensemble (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion), though potential adjustments may be made to accommodate participants' proposed works. Further information and finalized ensemble details will be provided to selected participants following the deadline.

Following the concert, each participant receives a mastered audio recording and video documentation of the live performance of their original work. You, the composer, maintain the rights to the music and are welcome to use it for college applications or any purpose you'd like, so long as it is not profit-generating. The choice to publicly broadcast any live recording will be left up to each individual composer. 

To be clear, this program and the resulting concert are not a competition. The resulting works are not ranked, the meetings are designed for collective, youth-led decision making, and we encourage a positive, encouraging community.

Young Composers in the Austin area
ages 8-18 will be welcome to submit applications
beginning august 11, 2019.

We encourage you to apply sooner rather than later!
Our selection process for participants is first-come-first-served basis, provided the guidelines are met.

This year, we expect to select between ten and fifteen participants. 

You should expect to hear from us within 2 to 3 weeks following the completion of your application.

Please note that if you are under the age of 13, special information will appear in the process of completing the form. Parents/Guardians are required to attend initial meeting if under the age of 13. All guardians are welcome to attend the meetings throughout process, but should be aware that regardless of their age, the voices of the youth will guide the entire event. Parents/Guardians will be expected to take the stance of background observer.

If you are interested but lacking any of the materials designated as "required" in our application form, we still invite you to express interest. Please fill in or upload a document that reads "N/A - Please Contact" on the application where needed.

Any questions? Contact us.