Eight Strings & a Whistle logo

8S&W & You

8SW Composer Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the first 8SW Composer Competition.

Jorge Amado (ISA, Havana, Cuba) -  first place for "Eidos II"


Daniel Lemer  (CalArts) -  second place for "Who Knows?"

Leon Yu (Ithaca College)- third place for "The Lovely, The Mighty and The Glorious"

David Gobris (Sarah Lawrence College) - honorable mention for "Seasons Out of Order"


We'd like to thank all applicants for their hard work and wonderful submissions. The next 8SW Composer Competition will be in 2019-20. Please refer to the Guidelines below for further information.

8SW Composer Competition General Information

All applications and supporting materials will be accepted beginning September 15, 2019. All submissions, including the application fee, must be received by 11:59PM on January 17, 2020.

Eligibility and Description: The Competition is open to composers of all ages, but applicants must be enrolled in an accredited degree program at the time of application. Eligible programs include BM, BA, MM, MA, DMA, PHD or Artist Diploma.

FIRST PRIZE: Eight Strings & a Whistle will perform the  New York Premiere of the winning composer's work in the Fall of 2020. The winning entrant will also receive a working rehearsal with Eight Strings & a Whistle, a feature on the Eight Strings & a Whistle website and a stipend of $300 to help defer travel expenses.

Scores and mp3’s should be emailed to 8SWcompetition@gmail.com as detailed below.

The winner will be announced in May, 2020.

All applications will be adjudicated by a panel of composers and the members of Eight Strings & a Whistle. The decision of the judges is final.


The work may not have already received a professional premiere.

Proposed length: Total time between 6-15 minutes. The piece can be a multi- or single-movement work.

Entries must be written for flute, viola and cello. In the writing for the flute, the composition must include C flute, either alone or in the following combinations: flute/ alto flute; flute/ piccolo; flute/ alto flute/ piccolo.

There can be no incorporation of electronics.

Only one submission per applicant.

One application fee of $11.00. (Residents of Cuba should contact: Program Manager at 8SWcompetition@gmail.com before submitting materials.)

Competition Rules

Applications and supporting materials will be accepted beginning on September 15, 2019.

All applicants must submit:

I. Scores: The Score with no identifying markings in either the file or file name. This includes pseudonyms, dedications and commissioner names.

Scores must be created in Finale, Sibelius or some other type of of music entry software program. No handwritten scores will be accepted.

All scores must be in .pdf file format. Multiple movement scores should be submitted as a single .pdf file.

II. Recordings. Live or MIDI recordings must accompany each application. All recordings should be submitted as mp3 files. Recordings of multiple movement works should be submitted as a single mp3 file.

Recordings may not contain any identifying markings. This includes names of performers and composers in the file name as well as the metadata. If the recording is of a live performance, names of performers or composer cannot be heard/spoken on the recording.

III. Application Form: All applicants must complete the online application form. Please click here to get to the form.

IV. Applications will not be considered complete until the $11 application fee has been submitted. Please submit payment here.

All questions should be directed to: Project Manager at 8SWcompetition@gmail.com.