International Organ Composition Contest 2020

9th International Organ Composition Contest in Saarlouis-Lisdorf, Germany

After the resounding success of previous years, the Friends’ Association “Klingende Kirche” of the Catholic Parish of Saarlouis-Lisdorf — in association with the City of Saarlouis and the Diocese of Trier — is organizing the International Organ Composition Contest in 2020 for the 9th time.

Eligible for entry in the contest: All compositions for organ + any freely selected solo instrument or organ + any freely selected solo instrument + any freely selected solo singing voice are eligible to participate in the competition.
These compositions must not have been published or premiered until the end of the competition.
The composition should be 8 to 10 minutes in length and be specifically arranged for the 1987-built mechanical Mayer organ in the Catholic Parish Church of Saarlouis-Lisdorf.

A distinguished international jury chaired by Dr. Thomas Daniel Schlee, of Vienna, will decide who will receive the Grand Prize of the Saarlouis Organ Festival. It will consist of prize money of € 2.000, a master recording of the work produced by Saarländischer Rundfunk, the Saarland broadcasting company, and a premiere performance featured in the 2020 Saarlouis Organ Festival.

The jury can also award a second prize of € 1.000 and a third prize of € 500.

The closing date for the submission of entries is March 31, 2020. Works may not have been published or premiered before the conclusion of the contest.

Anyone who has been awarded a first prize in a previous contest held by the organizer is ineligible for participation.

The contest rules are available from the cultural council of Saarlouis (Kulturamt der Kreisstadt Saarlouis); ask for information on the
“Organ Composition Contest”.
(Address: Kaiser-Friedrich-Ring 26, D-66740 Saarlouis, Germany)
The contest rules are also available at: or