THE 2018 submission period will be from January 1st to January 31st.
The Lake George Music Festival is a strong supporter of contemporary classical music, and annually hosts an international competition to promote its continued development and dissemination. Our mission is to find and recruit the next generation of leading composers and promote their work to the world at large. We will pair the most promising works with our roster of exceptional performers, fostering long-lasting relationships between artists of the highest caliber. By promoting the movement that contemporary music is alive, inspirational, and relevant to every community, we are doing our part to connect Lake George with the evolution of this tradition.
Composers must be between the ages of 18 and 35 at the time of submission. Previous winners (finalists ok) and current students of the jury may not enter. Composers of any nationality are eligible.
  • an original work of chamber music composed after January 1st, 2012.
  • a complete work – no single movements of multi-movement works will be accepted.
  • work must be in its original form – no arrangements; example: no piece originally intended for string orchestra submitted as a string quintet will be accepted.
  • between 7 and 12 minutes in duration.
  • scored for 3 to 8 players (not including a conductor, if applicable).
  • written for the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, piccolo, oboe, english horn, b-flat clarinet, A clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, tuba, piano, percussion, harp.
  • pieces scored for percussion must follow these additional guidelines.
  • any combination of the above instruments is acceptable, however only two of the same instrument may be included; example: maximum of 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 percussionists, piano four hands, etc; with exceptions being a maximum of one tuba, one bass trombone, and one harp. Works scored for up to 4 violins, violas, and cellos are acceptable. Works for two or more pianos are not acceptable.
  • instrument doublings must adhere to the instrumentation restrictions, example: no alto flute, no contrabassoon.
  • works may be written for amplified instruments, prepared piano, and off stage instruments.
  • works may include non-interactive electroacoustic elements (e.g., CD playback).


Two winners will be selected to receive a $500 prize and a live performance of their work at the Lake George Music Festival’s upcoming season.

The winning composers will also be invited to Lake George as “composers in residence” to work with the musicians performing their piece. Lodging and some meals will be provided free of charge. Attendance at the festival is encouraged but not required.

Several finalists will also be announced; these works will be kept in the LGMF music library for future programming considerations.

The 2017 results have been announced. Click HERE >>

Submissions to the Lake George Music Festival Composition Competition are reviewed anonymously in two rounds.

24 submissions will be chosen to move on to the final round. The final round will be adjudicated anonymously by:

Lowell Liebermann, composer

Lowell Liebermann is one of America’s most frequently performed and recorded living composers. Having written over one hundred thirty works in all genres, several of them have gone on to become standard repertoire for their instruments, including his Sonata for Flute and Piano, which has been recorded more than twenty times to date, and his Gargoyles for Piano, which has been recorded fifteen times.

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Adam Schoenberg, composer

Recently named one of the Top 10 most performed living classical composers by orchestras in the United States, Adam Schoenberg’s (b. November 15, 1980) music is “invigorating” (Los Angeles Times), and full of “mystery and sensuality” (The New York Times). His works have received performances and premieres at the Library of Congress, Kennedy Center, New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Hollywood Bowl.

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Previous final round jury members have included Steven Mackey, Alan Pierson, Jennifer Higdon, Du Yun, David Lang, Donnacha Dennehy, and Libby Larsen.

A preliminary screening will be conducted by:

barbora-headshotBarbora Kolarova, Lake George Music Festival, Artistic Director and General Manager

Recent laureate of the Golden Classical Music Awards International Music Competition in NYC (August 2016), the Manhattan International Music Competition ( June 2016) and the Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition in Salzburg, Austria ( May 2016), violinist Barbora Kolářová is a visiting performing artist of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. As part of her recent prizes, Barbora joined the ‘Manhattan International Artists’ roster and starting in November 2016 will also collaborate with the Lincoln Center Stage and perform on the Holland America Line.

More information here >>

Steven Snowden, composer

The music of Steven Snowden has been described as “Beguiling… combining force with clarity” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “Wonderfully dynamic” (Interlude Hong Kong), “Rustic, red-blooded” (New Music Box), and “Marvelously evocative” (Cleveland Plain Dealer). Writing music for dance, theater, multi-media installations, and the concert stage, his work often deals with concepts of memory, nostalgia, and the cyclic nature of historical events as they pertain to modern society. While his musical influences are deeply rooted in bluegrass, folk, and rock, he utilizes non-traditional techniques and processes to compose works that don’t squarely align with any single genre or style.

More information here >>

Pascal Le Boeuf, composer

Described as “sleek, new” and “hyper-fluent” by the New York Times, Pascal Le Boeuf is an American composer, pianist, and electronic artist whose works range from modern improvised music to cross-breeding classical with production-based technology. He is widely recognized for his polyrhythmic approach to chamber music and hybridization of disparate idioms.

More information here >>



The 2018 submission period will be from January 1st to January 31st. Please submit the following materials via ONE email with attachments to The subject line of the email should read “LGMF Composition Competition” followed by your full name.

  • An anonymous .pdf file of the composition score. The score should be labeled with the title of the work and printed date of composition only. Multi-movement pieces should be submitted together as one joint .pdf file.
  • An anonymous recording in mp3 format. Recordings must be complete (no excerpts) and must be labeled with the title of the work only and sent as an email attachment. Live instrumental recordings are strongly preferred over MIDI renditions. If submitting MIDI please take the time to create an audio file which sounds as realistic as is possible. Composers submitting a piece for electronics/amplified instruments must submit a live performance or studio recording (not MIDI). Multi-movement pieces should be submitted together as one joint .mp3 file. Please edit out any tuning/clapping.
  • A PayPal receipt proving the application fee has been paid. Please pay application fee at the same time when submitting materials.

In the body of the email, please include the following information: composer name, date of birth, college or university affiliation, composer phone number,

All steps outlined above must be completed and submitted in their entirety by the deadline. No exceptions can be made whatsoever. If you wait until January 31st, we cannot guarantee any issues that arise during staff review, including missing or incorrect documents, will be resolved by the application deadline. Consequently, LGMF urges you to submit immediately.


$10 – Payment will be accepted via credit/debit card through PayPal by clicking the button below. PayPal accounts are not required. Application fee is not refundable, please review guidelines carefully.

-Receipt of submissions and application fee will be acknowledged by return email.
-Scores or recordings submitted with composer identifying marks (e.g. full or partial name, dedications, affiliated institution, publisher, premiering ensemble/venue, commissioner etc.) will be immediately disqualified.
-Previously performed works are acceptable.
-Previous competition finalists re-applying must submit a different piece each year.
-Former students of the jury are eligible to participate, so long as they submit a piece unknown to the jury.
-Composers may submit a maximum of two (2) submissions, but must do so in separate emails and separate PayPal payments.
-International applicants, please translate all text to English.
-Scores/Recordings of pieces with multiple movements should be sent together as one file (do not submit individual movements separately).
-25 megabytes (MB) is the total combined maximum for all attachments. Large files that exceed 25MB (discouraged) may be sent as a Google Drive attachment or as a ZIP file.
-No third-party submission sites such as Dropbox or WeTransfer will be accepted.
-Please do not send any additional materials.

-Application materials must be submitted electronically; no postal mail submissions will be accepted.
-Due to the large number of submissions, feedback regarding individual submissions will not be given.
-The winning composers must agree to provide parts in order to guarantee a performance of their winning work.
-Submissions that do not strictly follow the guidelines, or are submitted before or after the submission period will be disqualified. 

Any questions regarding the competition should be directed to competition administrator Alexander Lombard at