New composition contest from J.W. Pepper and Azusa Pacific University


Exton, PA – J.W. Pepper & Son, in conjunction with Azusa Pacific University, announces the 2016 composition contest for high school juniors and seniors. Entrants will have the chance to have their work reviewed by professors and guest judges from APU.

There are five categories for submissions: orchestra, wind ensemble, choral, jazz ensemble, and chamber.  Winners in each category will receive a $1,000 prize and be invited to a public performance of their piece by an APU ensemble.  They will also receive consideration for publication by Wingert-Jones Publications and a one-year membership in J.W. Pepper’s MyScore program.

“The new composition contest sponsored by Azusa Pacific University and J. W. Pepper is a great way for talented young composers to gain recognition for their music,” says Todd Parrish, Orchestra Editor at J.W. Pepper. “Besides the obvious benefit of the generous cash prize, students will be considered for national publication. At the very least, they will have the opportunity to promote and sell their music through the MyScore program offered by J. W. Pepper.”

The competition runs until 11:59 pm PST on January 4, 2016.  All entries must include copies of the scores and a demo recording of the piece.

For more information about this press release, contact Mary Rogelstad at 610-648-0500 x2267 or


About Pepper:

Founded in 1876, J.W. Pepper & Son, Inc. is the largest sheet music retailer in the world. It offers choral, band, orchestra, church, classroom, instrumental, piano, and vocal music to directors, teachers, and other professional musicians. Pepper also provides music for state contests and music festivals, as well as music accessories and various music software products. In addition, it offers music library services via new music subscriptions. Pepper also provides products and services through its stores and online.



Brendan Lyons
Brendan started at Pepper in 2012 and currently works in the Marketing department as a copywriter. A graduate of Villanova University, Brendan has been a musician for over twenty years. He is also an author, using his talents at Pepper to bring the knowledge of our experienced staff to our customers.

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