Rapido Composition Contest

Cycle Five!! 2018-2019 Contest Information

Rapido!® A 14-Day Composition Contest was founded by the Atlanta Chamber Players & The Antinori Foundation in 2009 to promote new chamber music compositions. The Rapido Contest challenges composers of all ages to submit an original chamber work of 4-6 minutes composed in just 14 days: musical form and instrumentation are specified. 15 Semi-Finalist works compete at regional concerts, followed by a National Finals Concert with 5 Finalists competing. First prize includes a $5,000 Commission - to expand the winning work for premiere performance by partner ensembles in five US cities the following season and - capping the Rapido contest! - to compose a work for symphony orchestra to be premiered by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra!

Registration for the Rapido! Cycle Five!! will begin in Spring 2018 and the composition period will be 14 days in June 2018.


PRIZES: (totaling more than $15,000)

  • $250 Semi-Finalist Prize to each of 15 Semi-Finalists (3 per region)
  • $500 Finalist Prize to each of 5 Finalists (1 per region)
  • $500 Audience Favorite Prize to be awarded to one Finalist
and to one National Winner:
  • Premiere performances of completed Chamber Work -- in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, & Detroit during the 2019-2020 season.
  • Premiere performance with radio broadcast of orchestral work by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Spring 2020.
  • $5,000 First Prize Commission.
  • Two week residency (expenses paid) at the Hambidge Center for the Arts in Georgia mountains.

Regional Breakdown by States:

  • Atlanta Chamber Players - Southeast Region:
    AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV, MD, DE, Wash DC
  • Boston Musica Viva - Northeast Region:
    CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT
  • Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings - Midwest Region:
    IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, MT, ND, OH, SD, WI, WY
  • Voices of Change – Southwest Region:
    AR, AZ, CO, KS, LA, MO, NE, NM, OK, TX, UT
  • Ensemble TBD – West Coast Region:
    AK, CA, HI, ID, NV, OR, WA

The four Rapido chamber ensembles will perform Semi-Finalist works in concerts in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Detroit, & San Francisco in Fall 2018 when Finalists will be announced and prizes awarded. The National Finals Concert will be presented in Atlanta in January 2019 when the National Winner will be chosen. The Audience Favorite Prize will be decided by national internet voting and awarded at the Finals Concert. The First Prize Commission chamber ensemble work of 14-18 minutes is to be delivered to the Atlanta Chamber Players by August 15, 2019 for premiere performance by the Atlanta Chamber Players, Boston Musica Viva, Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings, Voices of Change, and other ensemble partners during the 2019-2020 concert season. The First Prize Commission symphony orchestra work is to be delivered to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra by February 15, 2020 for premiere performance by the ASO in Spring 2020.

Contact Information:

You may contact the Rapido! Composition Contest staff at info@rapidocompositioncontest.com with any questions not answered here or on the rules page.

Ensembles Atlanta Symphony Left Coast Chamber Ensemble Voices of Change Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings Boston Musica Viva Atlanta Chamber Players