Bridges Composition Competition

May 20—June 3, 2022

Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute (RSMI) Announces 4th Annual International Composition Competition with $7,500 in Prizes and Performance at Ravinia


About the Competition

Established in honor of RSMI's 30th Anniversary, the Bridges Composition Competition ventures to "bridge" the genres of two of RSMI's main programs—jazz and classical chamber music—through a call to young composers across the globe for new works written for string quartet and jazz trio.

Up to three winners are selected annually to receive the David Baker Prize, $2,500, the opportunity to workshop their compositions with RSMI's Jazz Directorate, and their piece premiered in Ravinia's Bennett Gordon Hall.

Application Requirements

Submission deadline is January 31, 2022
  • Any nationality is permitted to submit works for the composition competition
  • Composers must be 18-30 years of age at the time of submission

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Application Requirements


Missed it? Watch the livestream from June 4, 2021

2020 Winning Composers

Addison Frei
“Comment On War”

Steven Feifke
“The Promised Land”

Zachary Rich



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