2021 Composition Competition

Thank you to all who participated in the 2021 AFS Composition Competition! We are pleased to announce this year's Winner, Sami Seif, and Finalist, Alex Ford!

About the Composers


Winner: Sami Seif

Miniatures from Phoenicia





Sami Seif is a Lebanese composer, music theorist, and pianist. His music is inspired by the aesthetics, philosophies, and paradigms of his Middle-Eastern heritage, and has been described as “very tasteful and flavorful” with “beautiful, sensitive writing!” (Webster University Young Composers Competition).  

Seif’s music has been performed by renowned artists including Mary Kay Fink and Stanley Konopka of The Cleveland Orchestra. He has also won a number of awards and prizes from such prestigious organizations as ASCAP, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs, the Cleveland Composers Guild, and the Warren County Summer Music Schools.  

Originally from the small town of Ashkout in Mount Lebanon, he was born to a non-musical family in Abu Dhabi and he is fluent in Arabic, French and English. Seif completed his BM in composition and music theory at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he earned the Donald Erb prize in composition and the Beth Pearce Nelson award in music theory. His music theory thesis is titled How Time Passes: Some Thoughts on Musical Time and is an inquiry on the manipulation of time perception brought about by music. Upcoming projects include a premiere by Mary Kay Fink and Dylan Moffitt. 


Finalist: Alex Ford

Together for solo flute





Alex is a London-based composer for the concert hall. Alex has music published by ALRY Publications and Flute Colors and he has had performances by top performers from around the world. Alex studied his Master’s degree in composition under Francis Pott at the London College of Music in Ealing. He was named the winner of the FNMC new music competition 2019 and his work ‘Pan’ was listed as a finalist in the 2019 National Flute Association new music competition. He has had his music performed across Europe and the US.

About the Competition

Due April 11, 2021

Application fee: $10

The intention of this competition is to support and promote emerging composers of flute music, as well as to provide our members with a piece that can be easily used for at-home and virtual performances.


All submitted works must be for solo flute (no accompaniment) or flute with fixed media. There are no length requirements.


The 1st Place Winner will receive $250 and will be featured on the AFS website, newsletter, and social media platforms. Finalists will also be announced on our website, newsletter, and social media.


By entering the competition, the winning composer agrees to allow AFS members to receive a free electronic copy of the winning piece (pdf and fixed media track if applicable will be available for download by AFS members for 1 year following the winner announcement), as well as 1 year of performance and recording rights for AFS members. The composer will retain all other rights to their composition, and all performance and recording rights will revert back to the composer 1 year after the date of the winner's announcement. 

Submission Details

The application must include a short bio (200 words or less), an uploaded copy of the score that is free from identifying markings, and a recording of the piece (may be live or midi). Composers may submit multiple applications for consideration. The fee per application is $10 (the number of "tickets" purchased during registration must match the number of applications that you intend to submit). 


Upon completion of competition registration, you will receive a confirmation email that includes a link to the competition application. Applications must be complete by April 11, 2021, at 11:59 pm in order to be considered.


Applicants will be notified as to whether or not they have been selected as a finalist by May 2, 2021, and finalists will be notified about their application status by June 1.