Rapido Composition Contest

Take Four!! 2015-2016 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 $7500 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! Take Four!! ended on June 1, 2015 and the composition period ran from June 8-22.


PRIZES: (totaling more than $20,000)

  • $500 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 & San Francisco in Fall 2016.
  • Premiere performance with radio broadcast of orchestral work by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Spring 2017.
  • $7500 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, ND, OH, SD, WI
  • Voices of Change – Southwest Region:
    AR, AZ, CO, KS, LA, MO, MT, NE, NM, OK, TX, UT, WY
  • Left Coast Chamber Ensemble – West Coast Region:
    CA, ID, NV, OR, WA, AK, HI

The five Rapido chamber ensembles will perform Semi-Finalist works in concerts in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Detroit & San Francisco in Fall 2015 when Finalists will be announced and prizes awarded. The National Finals Concert will be presented in Atlanta January 17, 2016 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, 2016 for premiere performance by the Atlanta Chamber Players, Boston Musica Viva, Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings, Voices of Change and Left Coast Chamber Ensemble during Fall 2016. The First Prize Commission symphony orchestra work is to be delivered to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra by February 15, 2017 for premiere performance by the ASO in Spring 2017.

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