THE 2019 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 of any nationality and age are eligible. Previous winners (finalists ok) and current students of the jury may not enter.
  • an original work of chamber music composed after January 1st, 2014.
  • a complete work – no single movements of multi-movement works will be accepted.
  • performance duration must not exceed 25 minutes
  • 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, piano, percussion.
  • 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 bass trombone. 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).
  • composer-performers and composer-vocalists are encouraged to apply


One or 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 composer(s) will also be invited to Lake George as “composer 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 2018 results have been announced. Click HERE >>

The 2019 competition will be adjudicated by: Juri Seo, Alyssa Weinberg, David LudwigGeorge Lewis, and Barbora Kolarova. 

Previous jury members have included Lowell Liebermann, Adam Schoenberg, Steven Mackey, Alan Pierson, Jennifer Higdon, Du Yun, David Lang, Donnacha Dennehy, David Ludwig, Pascal le Boeuf, Steven Snowden, Barbora Kolarova, Roger Kalia, and Libby Larsen.



The 2019 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.

  • .pdf file of the composition score. Multi-movement pieces should be submitted together as one joint .pdf file.
  • A recording in mp3 format. Recordings must be complete (no excerpts) and sent as an email attachment. Both live recordings and MIDI are acceptable. 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, place of birth, 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.

-Note (NEW): submissions to the 2019 competition do NOT need to be anonymous.
-Receipt of submissions and application fee will be acknowledged by return email.

-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

Looking to download an official LGMF Composition Competition flyer for your school? Please download one HERE >>