Alex Canovas / Artistic Director

Composers Competition

Since the spring of 2001, YNYC has commissioned more than thirty new works from rising stars in the choral world. We have given these works world premieres, and awarded more than $20,000 in prizes. We are thrilled to announce the three finalists for the 2019-2020 Competition for Young Composers:

Grace Oberhofer

Matthew Hazzard

Daniel Reza Sabzghabaei


The three finalists are being commissioned by the YNYC Mixed Ensemble to compose a new work on a theme, derived from our current season theme, Metropolis. All three pieces will be performed at our concert in June 2020 in New York City, and the winner of the competition will be announced at the end of that evening. The winner will receive $1000, and the two runners-up will receive $500 each.

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