The Doug and Ray Magnon Composition Competition

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California composition students have a chance to have their chamber orchestral composition performed by the Riverside Philharmonic in our 2020 Magnon Composition Competition Concert.  A Composition Masterclass, co-host by Composer’s Collective at UCR, is provided in May 2018 for students who are interested in composing.


About the Competition​

The Doug and Ray Magnon Composition Competition provides California student composers an opportunity to express their talents through the chamber orchestral media.  It is an event that seeks to embody and honor the memory of Doug and Ray Magnon and their involvement in the Riverside's education and its community.



  • First Prize for California Student Composers outside of Riverside County: $1000 & Composition Performance.

  • First Prize for Riverside County Student Composers: $1000 & Composition Performance

  • Second Prize Open to all California Student Composers under age of 40: $500, no performance

  • Third prize for Honorable mention



Any composer studying at a university or college in California.



  • Dr. Paulo C. Chagas, Composition Faculty, UCR

  • Prof. Steven Schmidt, Composition Faculty, Riverside City College

  • Prof. Giovanni Santos, Wind Ensemble Conductor /Composer, La Sierra University

  • Joshua Rodriguez, Ph.D. Composition Faculty, California Baptist University

  • Tomasz Golka, Riverside Philharmonic Music Director



  • The submitted composition must be unreleased for chamber orchestra without soloists, unpublished and never performed before in public concerts, radio or television nor commissioned, nor awarded in any other composition competitions.The submitted composition should not have previously received a professional premiere. Readings by university orchestras do not count as a professional premiere and are OK to submit

  • The submitted composition must be scored for chamber orchestra [1(=picc).1.1.1 - - timp -perc(2) - harp - strings (4,4,2,2,1)]. You may submit works that are subsets of the ensemble, but pieces featuring soloists, electronic media, and or visuals are not permitted. 

  • The duration of the composition must under 10 minutes

  • A file link of the submitted work, downloadable, in a single PDF containing the full score and individual instrumental parts (realization of midi recording).

  • A link to a MP3 audio file containing a simulation performed in MIDI instruments.


Submission Process

Please fill out the application form below.  

Deadline for Masterclass ConsiderationSeptember 1st, 2019, 11:59 PM

Composition Masterclass in Riverside, CA: September 21. 2019, 2:00 - 5:00 PM (final time and location TBD)

Deadline for Competition Consideration: October 15th, 2019, 11:59 PM

Competition Interest Application

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