Note: The deadline has been extended to June 1, 2016. In addition there is now the option of submitting entries through our DROPBOX. Please see below for further information. 

About the Contest

Columbia Summer Winds seeks new (written within the past 10 years), unpublished compositions of 5-10 minutes in length that fit the ensemble and its unique outdoor concert format. CSW repertoire includes music spanning the entire band repertoire: orchestral transcriptions, original wind band staples, marches, traditional and contemporary works, etc. CSW performs music at advanced high school and comfortable college levels. More details can be found by clicking this link.


One First Prize Winner: receives $1,000, and selected work will be performed and recorded during the 2017 Summer Season

Two Second Prize Winners: $100, composition entered into repertoire

How to Apply

Before submitting your application, READ THIS DOCUMENT with detailed information on the contest.
To enter, please submit the following:

  • Your signed application form
  • 3 copies of a score
  • 1 copy of a first clarinet part
  • $10 entry fee, cash or check made to Columbia Summer Winds
  • OPTIONAL: 1 recording (if available, MIDI accepted)

This is an anonymous competition. Your name should not appear on any materials except for the signed application form. Please ensure the name of your composition is on all materials.

There are two ways to submit your application:

1. Uploading your files to our dropbox. Please note that you will still have to mail in your application fee to the address listed below.

2. Send all of your application materials to the following address:

Elissa Weiss
250 West 85th Street # 15C
New York, NY 10024

The deadline has been changed to JUNE 1, 2016. All application materials must be postmarked by this date in order for the entry to be considered.

The Outdoor Composition Contest for 2016 is open.

Click here for the application.


Submission deadline:
EXTENDED: Postmark by June 1, 2016

Finalist Round Notification:
June 17, 2016

Finalists submit full set of parts for reading postmarked by:
July 15, 2016

Results announced by:
August 9, 2016



Contact Manager Dahlia Yoeli

The 2016 Outdoor Composition Contest is now open for submissions.