SAO’s Young Composers Initiative 2018

The SAO is proud to announce 

The 3rd Annual Young Composers Initiative – YCI 2018

with a 1st place prize of $150 plus performance,

 2nd place $75 and 3rd place $25 courtesy of music industry sponsor
Geo. Heinl & Co.

NOTE:  Deadline extended to April 1st, 2018

The Young Composers Initiative is a project developed by SAO Conductor Ricardo Giorgi to stimulate the writing of string orchestra music by composers 16 years of age and younger. The SAO hopes to bring attention to the talent of these young people and to give their work an initial performance so that other orchestras are encouraged to perform their works.

We also hope to foster their development and careers by spreading knowledge of their talent broadly across Canadian society. The orchestra will perform the winner’s music at the SAO Season Finale Concert at the Isabel Bader Theatre on June 3rd 2018.

Each entrant must make every compositional decision and actually write the notes of any work submitted, but their teachers may serve as mentors and assist in the technological and logistical aspects of preparing and sending submissions. Teachers may not edit or arrange the works submitted. Works must be for an ensemble of string instruments only.

Works must be less than 5 minutes in length and are assessed by a panel of 3-5 judges.

Please help us spread the word about the SAO YCI 2018.

Your help in sustaining the YCI and the orchestra would be very much appreciated (and tax deductable). For more information about the SAO or the Young Composer’s Initiative 2018 check the pages below or write to us at


Links to Key Information for YCI-2018


Detailed Information for YCI-2018

Complete Rules and Regulations for SAO’s YCI-2018

Submission Details and Checklist

Download Forms and Information in PDF form

Online Submission Form


Please note – the deadline is now extended:

  • March 25, 2018 – All applicants must complete the intent to compete.
  • April 1, 2018 – All submissions are must be completed by this date.


For any questions about SAO’s Young Composers Initiative, please direct email inquiries to

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