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.
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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