Video Game Composition Competition


The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band is pleased to announce its 2017 Video Game Composition Competition. We seek a composer to create an original video game score for symphonic wind band. The winning entry will be premiered at the Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band’s Level Up: The Iconic Music of Video Games and Anime concert on October 21, 2017 at Baruch College’s Mason Hall in New York City. Submissions will be accepted from composers under the age of 35.


  1. Compose one minute of loop, entry-level play music to underscore new game play footage.
    Click here for the full footage.
  2. Compose one minute of loop music that builds on top of the entry-level play music for advanced/level-up play.
  3. The entry-level play music should still be recognizable in the advanced play section.
  4. Entries should be composed for symphonic wind band:

Piccolo, Flute 1 and 2, Oboe 1 and 2, Bassoon 1 and 2, Eb Clarinet, Bb Clarinet 1, 2, and 3, Eb Alto Clarinet (optional), Bb Bass Clarinet, Bb Contrabass Clarinet (optional), Bb Soprano Saxophone (optional), Eb Alto Saxophone 1 and 2, Bb Tenor Saxophone, Eb Baritone Saxophone, Bb Trumpet 1, 2, and 3, F Horn 1, 2, 3 and 4, Trombone 1, 2, and 3 (or bass trombone), Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (10 players, including piano and mallets)

Preference will be given to compositions that utilize the full instrumentation.

Selection Process

  1. Completed entries will consist of 4 files:
    • Full score in PDF format for entry level composition;
    • Full score in PDF format for advanced level composition; submit this score with the first thirty seconds of the entry-level play music which then cuts abruptly to the one minute of advanced play music;
    • Recording* (MIDI renditions accepted) in MP3 format of entry-level composition;
    • Recording* (MIDI renditions accepted) in MP3 format of advanced level composition

    *Recordings need not be submitted as a synced movie file

  2. Please use a pseudonym. Scores and recordings should be anonymous with no identifying information other than “pseudonym”_1 for the entry level composition and “pseudonym”_2 for the advanced level composition. Please use the same naming system as the file name for all files.
  3. In addition to the 4 files above, please submit a Resume/CV and put [Video Game Composition Competition “YOUR FULL NAME”] in the subject line. Submissions should be sent to: Please do not send hard copies. Only e-mail submissions will be accepted.
  4. A panel made up of the Music Director, Assistant Conductor, Artistic Production Committee and Video Game Creators will judge the submissions.
  5. The winner will subsequently compose 3-4 additional short game-play music sections including Game Over and Bonus. The composer will also be consulted on creating the most effective “Pickpocket Successful” or Pickpocket Unsuccessful” sound effects using live instruments.
  6. The winning selection will be premiered at the Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band’s Level Up: The Iconic Music of Video Games and Anime concert at 7:00 PM on October 21st, 2017 at Baruch College’s Mason Hall in New York City.
  7. The winner will also receive a $1,000 cash prize and will be considered to continue as composer for the full game development. The game creators will decide this separate from the LGBAC composition competition.
  8. Deadline for receipt of submissions is July 10, 2017. There is no fee to enter. The winner will be notified by July 21, 2017.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Henco Espag, Music Director of the Symphonic Band at

LGBAC Mission

Our mission is to provide the LGBTQ community with a supportive and friendly environment for musical and artistic expression and, through performance, to promote social acceptance, equality, and harmony for all. We welcome interested individuals of all orientations to come see for themselves how artistic dedication within a social environment can create quality entertainment that pleases, educates, and challenges us to grow.

About the LGBAC

The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps was founded in 1979 as a community band and continued to develop and grow over the past 37 years into a 90-piece marching band and 120-member symphonic ensemble. Symphonic Band members represent a broad range of musical abilities from seasoned musicians and music educators to individuals picking up an instrument for the first time in years. Our community is made up of people from all parts of the LGBTQ community, as well as straight allies.