FREE! Hear Central Florida’s finest musicians perform music written by the next generation of star composers for stage and screen.

Composers ages 13 to 18 are selected from a national competition to have their original pieces performed and recorded by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

The best young composers in the country converge in Orlando to hear their work performed by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of maestro Christopher Wilkins. The National Young Composers Challenge Composium is part concert, part masterclass, part competition, and guaranteed to be thrilling from start to finish.

Doors will be kept open during the event so that patrons can come to be inspired by your favorite young composer or stay for this entire amazing event. After the performance, everyone is invited to share refreshments and mingle with musicians, judges, the composers and their families, and of course Maestro Wilkins.

For detailed information about the NYCC Composium, including a list of the winners, visit

Presented in partnership with Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and National Young Composers Challenge. Thank you to Rollins College, Stetson University and Full Sail University for their ongoing support of and participation in this event.


National Young Composers Challenge Composium


Winning Chamber Ensemble Compositions


Preservation of Adolescence – Fabian Leung

Julia Gessinger, violin
Jamie Clark, cello
Hannah Sun, piano

Photon – Cyrano Rosentrater

Keith Koons, clarinet
Ayako Yonetani, violin
Anabel Tejada, viola
David Bjella, cello
Michael Hill, bass

Our Last Cascading Hour – Linda Joy Shishan

Ross Winter, violin
Keith Koons, clarinet
Thad Anderson, percussion
Sun-A Park, piano


Winning Orchestral Compositions


Forever in the Wind – Hudson Holland

Scherzo for Orchestra – Dylan Hall

David – Bakhari Nokuri

II. Jauntily


The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
Christopher Wilkins, conductor


Logos for UCF and Dr. Phillips Center
We extend particular gratitude to the staff and administration of Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts for their partnership over the past ten years.

Thank You to Our Supporters

Logos for LIFE at UCF, OUC The Reliable One, Florida Arts and Culture, Downtown Orlando, Rockley Family Foundation, and Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies Inc.

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida through the 
Division of Arts and Culture and the National Endowment for the Arts.

  • The Judith and David Albertson Endowment in the Arts
  • Cartwright Family Humanities & Arts Endowment
  • Phil and Jane Easterling
  • LIFE at UCF
  • Orlando Downtown Development Board
  • OUC – The Reliable One
  • Women’s Club at UCF, Inc.

Thank You to Our Festival Partners

  • Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
  • National Young Composers Challenge
  • Orlando Family Stage
  • Orlando Shakes
  • Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
  • UCF College of Health Professions and Sciences
  • UCF Global Perspectives and International Initiatives
  • UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management
  • Winter Park Institute
  • WUCF