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Composition Competition

Submit your original composition for a chance to have it performed by a live studio orchestra!



Submit arrangements of popular music like video game music and movie scores!

Submission Guidelines

Studio Orchestra General Arranging Guidelines

Submit arrangements of popular music like video game music and movie scores!

Guidelines and Deadlines

  1. The total length of all your arrangements combined must be 10 minutes or less.

    • This means you can write one 10-minute arrangement or three 3-minute arrangements, or a 7-minute      arrangement and a 3-minute one, etc. You do not have to use all 10 minutes if you don’t want to.

  2. Once you have decided what you’d like to arrange, please send Hunter Robertson an email ( with your idea, this is called Claiming Your Arrangement.

    • If possible, please include your planned instrumentation (e.g. full orchestra, string orchestra, chamber ensemble, etc.) and the arrangement’s approximate length. This is not required but greatly appreciated.

    • If you want your arrangement to include an instrument not listed on our Instrumentation document, please let Hunter know; we will have to see if we can provide that instrument

    • Depending on what people want to arrange, it’s possible we could have two arrangements under the same general theme; for example, two medleys of music from different Zelda games. This will be at Nate and Hunter’s discretion to make sure we have a good mix of arrangements.

  3. The deadline to submit your arrangement is FRIDAY, MAY 6. Because of the quick turnaround for our conductors and performers, this deadline is firm.

  4. Send your arrangement in .pdf format to Hunter. Send one file of the full score, and individual files for each part.

  5. For the sake of our conductors and performers (and saving time in rehearsals), please make sure the score and parts are clean and legible.

  6. If you have some sort of audio file of the arrangement (MIDI file, etc.), please include it! You should be able to export the audio from any notation software.

For more detailed instructions, suggestions and tips in PDF form click here!

FSU Studio Orchestra 2022 Composition Competition

Submit your original composition for a chance to have it performed by a live studio orchestra!

Winners will be awarded...

1st Prize.......................$750

2nd Prize.....................$500

3rd Prize.....................$250


All winners will have their works recorded during the Studio Orchestra summer session *(May 10 – June 11, 2022). The composition to win First Prize will be performed live in concert by the Studio Orchestra.

  • FSU students and former graduates who have enrolled in the 2021-2022 school year are eligible to apply.

  • Call for Submissions will remain open until Monday, March 21. 

  • The judging period for submissions will occur from Tuesday, March 22 to Friday, April 1.

  • Winning submissions will be announced no later than Monday, April 4.

  • Each applicant may only submit one original composition.

  • Each composition must be no longer than 10 minutes.

  • Compositions may not have been previously performed, recorded, or premiered.

  • Applicants may submit works for standard symphony orchestra instrumentation but

    works written for other orchestral settings will be accepted as well: including but not

    limited to string orchestra and chamber orchestra.

  • Any questions pertaining to specific guidelines/parameters or about the competition should be sent via email to Hunter Robertson (

For the PDF Instructions, click here!

*please note that the performance of the first-prize winner will occur June 11, 2022

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