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Columbia Summer Winds seeks new (written within the past 10 years), unpublished compositions of 5-10 minutes in length that fit the ensemble and its unique outdoor concert format.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. 


One First Prize Winner: receives $1,000, and selected work will be performed and recorded during the 2019 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 (PDF if via dropbox)
  • Either 3 copies of a score (via snail mail) or a PDF of the score (via dropbox)
  • A copy of the first clarinet part (PDF if via dropbox)
  • 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

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

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


The Outdoor Composition Contest for 2018 is open.

Click here for the application.


Submission deadline:
May 15, 2018

Finalist Round Notification:
June 30, 2018

Finalists submit full set of parts for reading postmarked by:
July 15, 2018

Results announced by:
August 7, 2018



Contact Manager Dahlia Weinger

The 2018 Outdoor Composition Contest is now open for submissions.