Young Composer Competition

The 2017 Young Composer Competition has been postponed. Please check back in April for the 2018 project details.

Students of age 25 or younger on January 1, 2017.
Must reside or pursue music studies in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, North Dakota, or South Dakota.


Must be a five to six minute complimentary work to L’histoire du soldat by Igor Stravinsky

The instrumentation must be no larger than:
1 clarinet, 1 bassoon
1 trumpet, 1 trombone, percussion, violin and double bass

Winner will receive $1200 and a performance of the winning composition by the DSSO on our Chamber Music performance in April.
Deadline for submissions is February 8, 2017.  Applications will not be accepted prior to January 15, 2017

Please send a PDF of your score to, in the body of the email include the following:


Phone number and address:


Current or most recent educational institution:

Score should,include a title page with instrumentation listing.
For further details and to submit a composition, contact:

Heidi Lord, DSSO manager of orchestra operations & special events | 218.623.3771

Evaluation and selection determined by a qualified composer and/or DSSO Music Director. The winner will be notified by February 29, 2016. Please have a short bio and e-photo ready in case you are selected.


Congratulations to the winner of the 2016 James and Paula Nelson

Young Composer Competition


Luke Gion

His composition, “The Day Draws Near” was performed by the DSSO on our Young People’s Concert–Thursday, May 5 at 10:30am :: DECC Symphony Hall

Concert review: Sonic explosions close DSSO's season