Skip to main content

Biola University High School Composition Competition

The Biola Conservatory of Music is pleased to announce the fourth annual Biola University High School Composition Competition (BUHSCC) for composers who are currently in the last two years of their high school education. We are interested in scores reflecting an interest in the “classical tradition” (see explanation below). The grand prize will be a minimum $5,000 scholarship to attend Biola University as a composition major*.

To apply, see the following guidelines:

  • Composers may submit a maximum of 2 scores (2 different pieces).
  • Accompanying recordings are highly recommended, though not necessary; live recordings are preferred, but MIDI realizations are acceptable.
  • A cover letter should be included, containing the composer’s full name, year of high school, and contact information (phone number, e-mail address, address).
  • Submissions may be sent electronically as pdfs and mp3s (please create a separate pdf or mp3 for each item). In this case, title the subject of your submission “YOUR NAME: submission to BUHSCC.” Send these to You will receive an e-mail back stating that your materials have been received.
  • Alternatively, submissions may also be sent through the mail. These should be sent to the following address:

    Biola University Conservatory of Music
    BUHSCC c/o Dr. Robert Denham
    13800 Biola Ave.
    La Mirada CA 90639

Deadline: Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 3, 2020

Contest Judges: Conservatory Composition faculty.


*To obtain this prize, the winner must attend Biola University as a composition major.

**Classical tradition: This means that the composer is writing in the tradition of past or present “classical” composers. Applicants may choose to reference the works of Palestrina, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Faure, Debussy, Stravinsky, Barber and Cage.

***The Biola Conservatory reserves the right to not declare a winner for any given year of this competition.

For more information on Biola University and the Conservatory of Music, see