Texas Young Composers Competition winners announced

The Austin Symphony announced the winners of its Sarah & Ernest Butler Texas Young Composers Competition.

Some 31 young composers — age 18 and younger — entered this year, the competition’s sixth. A total of 12 won in the multi-tiered competition.

Each of the winning compositions will be played by the Austin Symphony Orchestra June 18 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.


  • Matthew Thomas (Coppell), Andromeda, First Prize – $3,000
  • Alan Mackwell (Houston), A Belgian and his Friend, Second Prize – $2,500
  • Austin Ali (Dallas), Larger Than Life, Third Prize – $2,000
  • Maximilien Hein (Cedar Park), The Sorcerer’s Garden, Fourth Prize – $1500
  • Sophie Mathieu (Austin), The Odyssey, Fifth Prize – $1000
  • Zachary Berry (Kennedale), Ode to Peace, $500
  • Collin Cartwright (College Station), A Joyous Time, $500
  • Isabel Goodwin (Coppell), Internal Armageddon, $500
  • Quentin Johnston (San Antonio), Prime Movement, $500
  • Dara Li (Plano) , Shangri-La, $500
  • Daniel Miller (The Woodlands), Going Home, $500
  • Aaron Samadzada (Richardson), The Damsel in Distress, $500

More about the concert here: http://www.austinsymphony.org/events/6th-annual-austin-symphony-sarah-and-ernest-butler-texas-young-composers-concert/



Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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