10th Anniversary Season
Composition Competition

Winner Announced!

We are pleased to announce The Devil’s Tower by Sarah Rimkus as the winner of our SeasonX composition competition. This piece rose to the top of the nearly 80 qualifying compositions from a diverse and talented group of women-identifying composers. We will premiere The Devil’s Tower and present Dr. Rimkus her award at our upcoming concerts on March 22nd and 23rd.

Sarah Rimkus is an American composer who recently received her PhD in composition at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. She has received numerous awards for her compositions including the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, the ASCAP Foundation Leonard Bernstein Ward, and the Cantus Ensemble’s composition award. Her works have been performed and commissioned by musicians and ensembles on both sides of the Atlantic including The Gesualdo Six and the Ligeti Quartet, and featured on Classic FM and BBC Radio 3. Recent projects include commissions for Red Note Ensemble, organist Roger Williams, and a new work for virtuosic Seattle-based choir The Esoterics as the national winner of their annual ‘Polyphonos’ competition. Dr. Rimkus has works published by MusicSpoke, GIA and Walton publishers. For more information about her and her music you can visit her website: http://www.sarahrimkus.com/

Runner Up


Zuzanna Koziej, a Polish composer and arranger, was selected as Runner Up for Trahe me post te and Deus meus, which tied for second place. She is a student of composition at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Poland and at the State Conservatory of Music "Giuseppe Verdi" in Turin, Italy.

An award-winning participant of international composition contests. She has written about 100 works for various ensembles: chamber, orchestral and choral. The scope of her compositions and arrangements covers movie soundtracks, electronic music, ethnic music interpretations and many more.

In 2015, her piece Arion was presented as the Final Piece of the 12th International Festival of University Choirs Universitas Cantat in Poznań, Poland. Arion was performed by about 350 musicians from different parts of the world. Since then, the piece has been performed in various countries, reaching Ecuador in South America. For more info: www.zuzannakoziej.com

For tickets and information about the upcoming Gender: X performances visit our concert page

Composition Competition and Gender: X concert sponsored in part by Sandra New and Tori and Aaron Haberman.