The Edmonton Pops Orchestra and the Johann Strauss Foundation are calling for the entry of scores the Edmonton Composers Competition.

$500 Prize

The winning selection will be premiered at the 45th annual Johann Strauss Ball on February 8, 2020.

The Johann Strauss Ball draws over 200 patrons and donors to their annual ball to support the Johann Strauss scholarships to encourage and support young musicians from Alberta, who wish to continue and further their advanced studies of music in the cultural environment of Austria.

An entry must be a piece of ballroom dance music written for orchestral music ensemble. The work must be between 3:30 and 4 minutes in length and be in the spirit of the ball. There is no entry fee.

The winning piece will be decided on quality of melody and harmony, integrity and thoughtfulness of orchestration, and appropriateness of style for dance in a ballroom.

Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Keyboard (Hp, Pno, Cel, Mallet Perc, Strgs), Percussion (BD, Sn, Cymb, Timp, Aux), Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Cello, Double Bass

Please submit a PDF of your score and an mp3 (if available) of your composition to before January 17, 2020.


2019 Winner

LUCAS BURROWS - Waltz for Kyra

2018 Winner

DANIEL BELLAND - Precipice Waltz


At the Theatre, in the Classroom, and in Concert.