The 48-Hour Composition Competition

The 48-Hour Composition Competition (48CC) brings composers and performers together to create some exciting and (extremely) new music. Composers have 48 hours to compose a piece for their assigned instrumentation and performers have six days to rehearse before they perform the piece in concert. 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 48-Hour Composition Competition is over, but we hope you’ll join us next year! Sign up below to be notified when we announce the next competition.

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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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