The 48-Hour Composition Competition

The 48-Hour Composition Competition (48CC) brings composers and performers together to create some exciting and (extremely) new music. The 48CC gives composers 48 hours to compose a piece for their assigned instrumentation and gives performers six days to prepare before they perform the piece in concert. The greatest composition will claim the grand prize and bragging rights forever — at least until the next one. This is a chance for you to show off your skills, exercise your musical muscles, meet new collaborators or just hang out and enjoy the show!

This year’s 48CC will be held in both Portland and Seattle, with local composers writing for local performers. All participants will attend the performance and get the chance to bring home the Gold!

Seattle Schedule

Friday, April 6, 2018 | 7 p.m.

  • Ensembles assigned.
  • Composing begins.

Sunday, April 8 | 7 p.m.

  • Composition deadline.
  • Rehearsals begin.

Saturday, April 14 | 8 p.m.
@ Gallery 1412, 1412 18th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

  • Concert downbeat. Participants arrive early.

Portland Schedule

Friday, April 20, 2018 | 7 p.m.

  • Ensembles assigned.
  • Composing begins.

Sunday, April 22 | 7 p.m.

  • Composition deadline.
  • Rehearsals begin.

Saturday, April 28 | 8 p.m.
@ The Waypost, 3120 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227

  • Concert downbeat. Participants arrive early.

The composing and rehearsing are all done on the participants’ own time before the concert. There is no commitment to be anywhere in particular until the concert, which will be, for Seattle, held at 8pm on April 14 at Gallery 1412, and for Portland, held at 8pm on April 28 at the Waypost. It’s open to the public, so bring your friends!

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m not really a musician, can I still participate?

Yes! You can come and watch the festivities and meet a bunch of really cool people!

Do I have to be in Portland/Seattle to participate?

For this particular 48CC, if you are a participant, you must be able to attend the concert, and if you are a performer, you must have time to practice before the concert. If you’re a famous composer, we may be able to work something out. Except John Williams, we don’t need you.

I can’t make it to the concert, can I still listen to the music?

Recordings will be posted online after the concert for your own listening pleasure! You can find the first event’s videos here.

I can’t do this 48CC, but I want to participate next time!

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