Ettelson Award

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Suzanne and Lee Ettelson Composer’s Award

An award of $1,000 will be given for a new chamber work. The winning work will be performed during Composers, Inc.’s 2018-19 concert season in Berkeley. Award winners are expected to attend performances. Composers, Inc. will provide lodging. Works not awarded prizes will also be considered for programming.


All composers who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States are eligible to enter. Previous winners of this award are ineligible. Musical works requiring one to five performers are eligible, as are works employing electronic media (including tape alone). Composers may submit more than one work.

Preparing Your Entry

Submit an ANONYMOUS pdf and streaming audio link of each score on the submission form. The submitted pdf’s and audio links must be free of names and identifying marks (including composer, dedicatee, performer, and publisher names). A non-refundable entry fee of $25 USD for one work and $20 USD for each additional work is due on submission. Please proceed to ONLINE INSTRUCTIONS below.


The judges are the artistic directors of Composers, Inc.: Robert Greenberg, Ursula Kwong-Brown, Emma Logan, Frank La Rocca, Ryan Rey, Allen Shearer, and Nick Vasallo.


Entries must be completed by January 19, 2018. The winner will be announced in March, 2018. You may reach us by e-mail at: if you have any questions.

Composers, Inc. reserves the right to use the concert recordings of Award recipients for promotional use.

1. Pay the submission fee via PayPal below:

Number of Works

2. After you receive PayPal confirmation via email, copy the “Transaction ID” number and go to step 3.

3. Enter your information (Name, Email, PayPal Transaction ID, URL to audio recording and PDF) on the APPLICATION FORM page. *If submitting multiple works enter the same PayPal Transaction ID for each submission. The submitted pdf’s and audio links must be free of names and identifying marks.