The James and Paula Nelson: Young Composers Competition began in 2004. It is open to young composers from Minnesota, North Central Wisconsin, and Michigan. Each applicant must create an original 4-7 minute classical work for traditional instrumentation. Winner will receive $1,000, reimbursement for necessary copying expenses, and a performance of the winning composition by the Duluth Superior Symphony at the Young Peoples Concerts.
The instrumentation must be no larger than the following list (it may be smaller, but not as small as a chamber work):
Most years there has been a theme for composers to create a piece around. See past compostion themes.
2012: Grant Luhmann
2011: Kate Meyer and Egeman Kesikli (co-winners)
2010: Christopher Neiner
2009: Kevin Salchert
2008 Andy Reilly
2007 Mary Beth Huttlin
2006 Charlie McCarron
2005 Nick Mroczek
2004 Brandon Nelson