2015 PARMA Student Composer Competition


(Portsmouth NH) – PARMA Recordings is pleased to announce its 2015 PARMA Student Composer Competition, the company’s 4th annual call for scores designed to discover and present new, inspired, high-quality works by emerging composers to the listening public.


“It is always difficult for composers of any age to hear their orchestral works played by a professional ensemble, and especially so for students. It is one of our goals with this year’s Competition to help talented students who might not have access to these resources at their schools get that valuable hands-on experience,” says PARMA CEO Bob Lord. “We want the orchestral format to continue to be a viable one for composers of the future.”


Commenting on his experience, Dizon says, “While the recording I received from this competition is remarkable in quality, far more meaningful to me is that PARMA showed me that there are amazingly talented people working incredibly hard to bring the music of our generation to life.”



Student Composer Competition Timeline

December 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015 – Submission period

February/March 2015 – Judging period

April 2015 – Winners announced

Summer 2015 – Reading sessions



Entrants must be 30 years old or younger and currently studying composition either at an institution or through private instruction. There is no entry fee to submit.


Submission Guidelines

Submitted works should be no greater than ten (10) minutes in duration and orchestrated within a standard orchestral configuration of 2, 2, 2, 2 – 4, 3, 3, 1 – percussion – strings, with optional piano and harp.  All costs will be fully subsidized by PARMA.



Ten (10) winners will be selected to have their works published in the 2015 PARMA Anthology of Music, and three (3) Grand Prize Winners will receive readings and archival recordings of their scores by a full symphony orchestra via PARMA’s PrimaVista program (www.parmarecordings.com/primavista).