Classical Evolve 2022

Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra is excited to announce the fourth IPO Classical Evolve composer competition.  Classical Evolve’s mission is to facilitate an expanded canon of classical music for current and future generations.  In an innovative and artistically fulfilling process, three finalists will be chosen to have their original score workshopped and performed LIVE to IPO audiences on Thursday, September 22, 2022.  The winning composer will be named IPO “Composer-in-Residence” and have the opportunity to compose three orchestral works and one chamber work for IPO’s 2023-24 Season.

Composers who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Must be an emerging composer with no more than two compositions performed by a professional orchestra.

Competition Application and Process:

  1. A) Materials submitted via by Friday, June 17, 2022 4:00 PM (CST). All materials should include the composer’s last name in filename:
  • Score (PDF) and  (if possible) audio recording (MP3) of an orchestral piece written within the last 5 years. Works previously performed are eligible for the initial round. Please note: Hard copies will not be considered.
  • Current resume/cv (PDF) All applicants MUST be available for Final Round as stipulated below.
  • Verification of US citizenship/Residence status for competition eligibility.  Email a copy of your passport/residence card for verification.  Alternatively, you may fax the copy to 481.7998.  Document copies must be received by Friday, June 17, 2022 4:00 PM (CST). . All document copies will be destroyed once verified.


Round 2/FINAL ROUND: Three Finalists will be chosen to have their new, original 7-10 minute work workshopped and performed live in front of an audience on Thursday, September 22, 2022.  Finalists must be present at Final Round. Please see below for detailed information and timeline. Each finalist will be provided up to $350 reimbursement for a round-trip economy class ticket within the continental United States, ground transportation from and to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) or Chicago Midway (MDW) plus one-night hotel near the IPO concert hall for the day of the final round. In addition, Finalists will be provided archival recordings of the rehearsal and concert, to be used only for promotional purposes in accordance with Chicago Federation of Musicians Local No. 10-208, A.F.M.

Detailed Information, Timeline, and Application Information

All questions should be directed to


This year’s competition will be judged by celebrated and award-winning composers and leading industry professionals.  Previous judges have included: Kyong Mee Choi, James Stephenson, Augusta Read Thomas, Henry Fogel, and Tonia Ko.

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