2013 Interlochen Fanfare Competition for Young Composers

Interlochen Arts Camp is reaching out to young composers with a new fanfare competition. The winning entry in the inaugural fanfare competition at Interlochen Arts Camp will be performed and recorded by the World Youth Symphony Orchestra or the World Youth Wind Symphony, giving the winning composer unprecedented exposure and an opportunity to hear his/her work performed by an outstanding ensemble. The winning composer will be flown in to witness the performance in person.

Prize: The winning entry will be performed by either the World Youth Symphony Orchestra or the World Youth Wind Symphony. Interlochen will provide airfare for the winning composer so they can see the performance in person.

Eligibility: Students must be U.S. residents enrolled in grade 9–12 during the 2012–13 academic year. Students are not required to be enrolled in a Summer Arts Camp program to be eligible.

Entry Deadline: March 1, 2013 (11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.)

Contest Timeline: The winner will be announced on March 15, 2013 and will be expected to submit a full score and orchestra parts to the Interlochen music library. The performance will take place on either June 29 or 30, 2013.

Entry Fee: None

Submission Guidelines

  1. All fanfares should be 1-2 minutes in length. The fanfare must be a new work that has not been previously performed.
  2. Fanfares will be judged upon the following criteria:
    1. Quality and originality of the composition.
    2. Neatness and correctness of the score.
    3. Successful fanfares will provide an uplifting spirit and creative energy to open the 86th season of the Interlochen Arts Camp.
  3. Fanfares must be composed for symphony orchestra or wind ensemble. Instrumentation for the fanfare can be as small as desired, but must not be larger than the following:
    • Orchestra
      • Strings: violin, viola, cello, bass
      • Winds: flutes (3), oboes (3), clarinets (3), bassoons (3)
      • Brass: horns (4), trumpets (3), trombones (3), tuba (1)
      • Percussion: timpani + 2 additional parts
      • Harp (1)
    • Wind Ensemble
      • Flutes (1st, 2nd + piccolo)
      • Oboe (1st, 2nd + english horn)
      • Clarinet (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, e-flat, bass)
      • Bassoon (1st, 2nd + contrabassoon)
      • Saxophones (AATB or SATB)
      • Trumpets (1st, 2nd, 3rd )
      • Horns (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th)
      • Trombone (1st, 2nd, 3rd )
      • Euphonium (1)
      • Tuba (1)
      • Harp (1)
      • Percussion (timpani +4 additional parts)
  4. The submissions should include the following elements:
    • One PDF document containing the score
    • One PDF document detailing your music experience (lessons, classes, awards, etc.) and a list any other musical compositions.
    • An audio file of your composition: MIDI or live recording.
  5. Submit your fanfare and other documents through Interlochen’s online portal. (Composers may not submit more than one entry.)
  6. One fanfare will be chosen by a committee of faculty Interlochen Center for the Arts. The winner will be announced by May 1, 2013.
  7. The winning composition will be performed during the first week of Camp 2013, on either June 29 or June 30, 2013.


  1. The winning composer will receive one round-trip ticket to Traverse City, Michigan, which is located approximately 15 miles from the campus of Interlochen Center for the Arts. Interlochen Center for the Arts will provide transportation from the airport to the Interlochen campus. Lodging and meals will be provided on the Interlochen campus.
  2. If the contest winner is under the age of 18, they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The parent or guardian will be responsible for his/her own travel.
  3. If submissions do not meet the standards set by the judges, Interlochen Center for the Arts reserves the right to designate no first prize winner and award no prize.
  4. Students currently enrolled at Interlochen Arts Academy are not eligible for this contest.

Questions? Please e-mail fanfarecompetition@interlochen.org or call231.276.7822.