FREE! Hear music from the next generation of composers performed by professional musicians!

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

What is a composium? It’s like a concert, plus a master class, plus a competition. It’s informative, dramatic and entirely thrilling. The composium is an amazing afternoon of excitement and music conducted by Maestro Christopher Wilkins and performed by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

After attending a composium, you will never listen to an orchestra performance quite the same way again. The day has two parts: chamber music and full orchestra. In the first session, the winning chamber ensemble compositions are performed by musicians from the UCF School of Performing Arts. Each composer is interviewed by Maestro Wilkins and comments are given by the judges and musicians. During the second half of the day, the orchestral compositions are reviewed. The audience hears an audio excerpt from the young composer’s computer-generated MIDI score, then the composition is rehearsed by the orchestra, giving the composer an opportunity to interact with Maestro Wilkins, the orchestra musicians and the judges. Each session ends with a full recorded performance of the composition.

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.
Generously supported by the Goldman Charitable Foundation.




National Young Composers Challenge Composium


12:00–12:10 p.m.

Ensemble Performances and Recordings
12:10–2:20 p.m.

Snowfall in Spring – Gabriel Fynsk, Brooklyn, NY, Age 18
Rainfall Through Windshields – Joey Baroco, Pensacola, FL, Age 16
Needles to the Ground – Jane Meenaghan, Los Angeles, CA, Age 18
Altitude – Luca Pasquini, Denver, CO, Age 17
Migraine for String Quartet – Jack Kaiser, Interlochen, MI, Age 16
Mosquito Stars – Yuri Lee, Tuckahoe, NY, Age 17

Ensemble Awards Presentations

2:20–2:30 p.m.


2:30–2:40 p.m.

Orchestra Performances
2:40–4:10 p.m.
Wonder of the World – Jacob Evarts, Locust Grove, GA, Age 18
Vis Viva – Jonah Cohen, Farmington Hills, MI, Age 17
Like a Single Star in the Night Sky – Charlie Zhong, Brookline, MA, Age 14

4:10–4:30 p.m.


Orchestra Performances
4:30–6:00 p.m. (3 pieces – 30 minutes each)

Rescue Mission for Two – Jayden Tiemann, Princeton, IL, Age 17
Battle of the Orchestra – Brendan Weinbaum, Atlanta, GA, Age 17
Assembly for Summer Voices – Ian Barnett, Key Biscayne, FL, Age 15

Orchestra Awards Presentation

6:15–7:00 p.m.
Refreshments and meet the composers