John W. DeLodder Music Composition Competition

Competition will be in the amount of $1000.

Submissions Due December 2 at 5:00 pm.

Qualifications for the John W. DeLodder Competition

  1. Three minutes minimum duration of an original composition/song composed for voice with accompaniment, instrumental combos for jazz, blues and other genres or a through composed work for two or more instruments.
  2. Scores must be submitted in electronic form, with an accompanying audio file. Lead sheets comprised of the melody, lyrics and chord symbols will be accepted for voice with accompaniment or combo pieces. Please send an audio or mp3 file with a PDF of the score or lead sheet directly to: Brian Post at with DeLodder Competition in the heading of the email.
  3. Enrollment in or intent to pursue the Composition Option is preferred but not required.
  4. Three faculty members will evaluate scores for concepts of composition, creativity and the interaction of the instruments.
  5. The application form given below must be filled out and submitted with the composition.
  6. Two compositions maximum may be submitted.
  7. All entrants must be a registered student of Humboldt State University.
  8. The winner of the previous semester must wait a semester before applying to the competition again.
  9. Fall Semester submissions will be accepted by email until December 2, 2019 - 5:00PM. The winner will be announced and a check will be issued to the winning composer at the Composers Read Through Recital Monday, December 9 at 8:00 pm. in Fulkerson Recital Hall.
  10. Send any questions you have regarding the competition to Brian Post at

The application can be found here.