The Heartland Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce the 2017/2018 Composer's Competition.

HSO invites composers from Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota, and Illinois to submit original orchestral compositions. Winners will receive a $1,000 monetary prize, an opportunity to work with HSO and its conductor, and a performance CD and DVD. Application instructions are found on the HSO website: Email or call 1-800-826-1997for additional information.

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The winning score will be premiered by the HSO at its Spring 2018 concert series to be presented in three central Minnesota communities: Crosslake (April 6), Little Falls (April 7) and Brainerd (April 8). The winner will also accompany conductor, Alexander Corbett in educational outreach to local schools in each concert area.

Applications must be mailed out no later than Feb. 2. Participants will be notified of the winners by Feb. 16, and the first prize winner must supply parts for the orchestra via PDF file by Feb. 28. Scores and parts must be legible and ready to play. The Heartland Symphony reserves the right to refuse to read any work that does not adhere to these guidelines.

Questions? Please call Alexander Corbett, the Music Director of Heartland Symphony at 317-473-7996, email or contact the HSO office at or 1-800-826-1997.

The Heartland Symphony Orchestr is a 50-piece volunteer, nonprofit, community orchestra located in and serving the central Minnesota area of Brainerd, Little Falls, and the surrounding rural communities. Musicians, from amateurs to professionals, come together once a week from all over the region to rehearse and perform three full-length orchestral music concerts each season in both Little Falls and Brainerd.

Special guest artists and conductors, local soloists and ensembles, area youth concerto winners, and charming repertoire commentary all help to make each concert unique and entertaining. The HSO also contributes its service to communities through music education programs, special events, and ticket giveaways. For more information about upcoming concerts or to get involved either as a player or HSO sponsor, please email or call the HSO at 1-800-826-1997.