Young Women Composers Camp

Next Steps


Commission Opportunities

We are thrilled to offer several commission opportunities to our alumni!

Relâche Ensemble commission competition

Relâche is one of the premier new music ensembles in Philadelphia, and has been providing the community with high-quality performances of contemporary music for over 40 years. One student from the 2019 YWCC will be given the opportunity to write a new piece for members of Relâche and hear their work performed on one of our concerts during the 2019-2020 season. All 2019 students will be automatically considered for this opportunity, and a winner will be chosen by Relâche. The winning composer will receive several lessons from composer and Relâche Executive Director Erica Ball, in addition to a $100 prize. This commission is open to any student of the 2019 camp regardless of age, compositional experience, or location.

UPDATE: The winner of the 2019 Relâche Ensemble Commission Competition is Emily Ta! Her commission will be performed on Relâche’s spring concert on June 6th, 2020 at the Ethical Society in Philadelphia. Click here for concert details.

women in sacred music project commission competition

WSMP has offered a $500 commission to an alumni of the YWCC from any year. The commission is open to an alum who is at least a rising senior in high school and who plans to continue their musical studies in some form at the collegiate level. Any alum fitting this description is invited to apply regardless of compositional experience or location. The winning composer will write a new work for SSAA or SATB choir (with or without piano accompaniment) to be premiered by the WSMP choir during the 2019–2020 season. Composers must apply by September 30th, 2019 to be considered for this opportunity, and a winner will be announced by mid-October.

UPDATE: The winner of the 2019 WSMP commission award is Sarah Kitten!



What’s Next?

There are many ways to continue your compositional and musical education after camp has ended:

composition programs

Luna Composition Lab

Philadelphia Songwriters Project

instrumental programs

Temple University Music Preparatory Division

Settlement Music School

Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY) Artist's Initiative

Symphony in C Youth Orchestra

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO)

Youth Orchestra of Bucks County (YOBC)


Project 440

new music organizations



Network for New Music

Jazz Lives Philadelphia


American Composers Forum - most reliable listings of competitions and grant opportunities; must be a subscribed member

Composers Site - free resource for listings of competitions and other opportunities

notation software

Sibelius First - Student and Teachers ($8.95 per month)

Finale Notepad (free but limited)

Noteflight (online platform - free but limited)

Flat (online platform - free but limited)

music theory

Open Music Theory - online open-source music theory textbook, easy to read and comprehensive - classic resource for music theory and ear-training basics, includes lessons and exercises

Teoria - music theory and ear-training lessons and exercises, more options than

If you know of additional opportunities in the Philadelphia area or online, please email to have them added to the list.