Young Concert Artists
Composer-in-Residence Search

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Past Winners of the Young Concert Artists Composer-in-Residence Search:

Katherine Balch
Tonia Ko
David Hertzberg
Chris Rogerson
Andrew Norman
Benjamin C.S. Boyle
Daniel Kellogg
Mason Bates
Kenji Bunch
Kevin Puts
Dan Coleman



Applicants for the Composer Program must be between 20 and 26 years of age at the time of applying, and must be a US citizen or permanent resident. 


Applicants must submit scores and recordings of three original compositions, along with a completed application form, a résumé or bio, two letters of recommendation, and an $85 application fee.

Deadline: Friday, February 15, 2019

Download the application form

Selection Process

Applications are reviewed by a panel comprised of distinguished proponents of contemporary music, including YCA alumni, professional musicians, and composers. Two or three finalists are selected. The winner is then chosen by a current YCA artist, who will premiere the composer’s first YCA commission the following season.


The new Composer-in-Residence receives two $5,000 commissions from YCA. The works are written for and premiered by a YCA artist in the Young Concert Artists Series in New York and in Washington, DC, and also performed on the artist’s concert tours. Thus, the composers have their music performed by remarkable interpreters with whom they work directly, and are assured premieres in prestigious venues. In conjunction with performances of these commissioned works, YCA arranges interviews, pre-concert lectures and other publicity to help advance the composer’s career and the public’s appreciation of contemporary music.

Management Services

The most unique component of YCA’s Composer Program is that each composer joins the YCA roster and is provided with a minimum three-year comprehensive management contract. YCA’s managers promote each composer’s career and develop opportunities for performances of existing works, new commissions, as well as residency programs with orchestras and new music institutions nationwide.

YCA’s Composers

The talents of YCA’s composers have been recognized with numerous prizes and accomplishments including, The Grawemeyer Award for Music, a Pulitzer Prize, a Heinz Medal in the Humanities, three Rome Prizes, Musical America’s Composer of the Year (2017 & 2018), a Guggenheim Fellowship, the first Benjamin H. Danks Commission from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, five Charles Ives Fellowships, over twenty ASCAP awards, numerous BMI prizes, a Koussevitsky Prize and many prestigious commissions from renowned performers such as Evelyn Glennie, Yo-Yo Ma, Anne Akiko Meyers, and Jeremy Denk, and from orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Amarillo Symphony, the Mobile Symphony, the Winston-Salem Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.


The YCA Composer Program was founded 26 years ago by YCA’s Alumni Association to discover and support exciting young composers and to provide opportunities for collaboration with excellent performers. Since the inception of the program, YCA has brought 11 exceptional composers to public attention: Dan Coleman, Kevin Puts, Kenji Bunch, Mason Bates, Daniel Kellogg, Benjamin C.S. Boyle, Andrew Norman, Chris Rogerson, David Hertzberg, Tonia Ko, and most recently, Katherine Balch.

YCA Contact

Erol Gurol, Auditions Coordinator
Young Concert Artists, Inc., 1776 Broadway, Suite 1500, New York, NY 10019           (212) 307-6656             fax: (212) 581-8894