The Young Composers Challenge is the brainchild of Stephen Goldman, an Orlando philanthropist who is also a trained composer. The Challenge is simple. Young composers (ages 13-18) take part in an extensive workshop with world-renowned composers. Then they have all summer to work on writing their own score. In September, a panel of judges chooses the top three orchestral and ensemble pieces, and these are performed by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra at the Bob Carr Auditorium. The Young Composers Challenge is totally free. Winners get an invaluable learning experience, exposure for their work, and prize money for themselves and their music teacher.

To watch a video about Steve Goldman and one of the most unusual nights in the history of the Orlando Philharmonic, click here.

To learn more about the Young Composers Challenge, visit their Web site.

About The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
Central Florida’s resident orchestra appears in more than 115 performances each season. As a fully professional ensemble, the Orlando Philharmonic engages the talents of more than 80 professional musicians from around the globe. As an educational resource, the Orlando Philharmonic annually performs 32 Young People’s Concerts for over 60,000 Orange, Seminole, and Volusia County Public School, private, and home school students at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre. Visit their Web site.