Prelude Camp Fourth Annual Young Composers Competition for String Quartet

Hosted by Prelude Chamber Music, Inc. in Jacksonville, Florida

Sponsored by Dr. Sharon Scholl for Summer 2024


For composers age 15 – 21, who currently live and study in the United States. 

Compose an original one-movement piece of music of approximately four minutes or less in duration, scored for string quartet (2 violins, viola, cello). Longer works, or single movements from larger pieces, will not be considered. Pieces not meeting the guidelines will be disqualified. 

Deadline for submission: May 18, 2024 

No entry fee. Only one entry per composer. 

The composition does not have to be created specifically for this event. Previous winners of Prelude Camp Competition are not allowed to re-enter the competition with new works. Pieces that won awards at other competitions are not eligible. Works must be written within the last 3 years. You may enter a piece already in your portfolio. Any material provided to us should be your original works. No arrangements of other composers’ works allowed. 

Submit an MP3 audio file of live or synthesized recording along with a PDF score and parts. No hand written scores are accepted. Scores and parts should be prepared in computer notation software such as Finale, Sibelius, Dorico, or others. 

Competition will be adjudicated by professional composers and performers. The three most outstanding scores will be performed in public program by professional faculty musicians of the Prelude Camp as part of the Prelude Chamber Music Festival on June 20, 2024 at Riverside Park United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, FL. Concert is free and open to the public. 

Winners are encouraged to attend the performance. Travel and housing costs are not provided. All applicants will be notified by email regarding the outcome of the contest. All winners should expect to provide a head-shot and signed media and performance release form so that your composition may be performed. There should be no expectation of compensation other than the prize awards if selected. 

Composers will receive video and audio recordings of their winning pieces. 


  • First Place: $1,000

  • Second Place: $500

  • Third Place: $250

Please complete and submit your entries via this form. 

Prelude Chamber Music Faculty Perform Winning Compositions