Songwriting Competition 


The Colorado High School Music Competitions returns for 2022! The competition accepted video submissions through February 1, 2022. Seven finalists were selected from the video submissions and have been invited to the final live competition on Friday March 11th at 3:30pm at the King Center Recital Hall on the Auraria Campus. Family, friends, and visitors are welcome to attend this event for free. Please see additional competition details below.


The final competition will take place on March 11th from 3:30-5:00pm in the King Center Recital Hall on the Auraria Campus. This event is free and open to the public.


2022 Finalists

  • Soraya Manuele from Cherokee Trail High School

Performing “Unbroken (Inspired by the story of Louis Zamperini)”

  • Juan Pablo from Regis Jesuit High School

Performing “Beautiful Soul”

  • Elise Kuhn from Regis Jesuit High School

Performing “You Lied”

  • Samantha Tay from Vail Christian High School

Performing “Better Place”

  • Levi Randolph from D'Evelyn Junior/Senior High School

Performing “OST Omicron Standard Time”

  • Autumn Brassell, Noah Sedarwall (piano/vocals), Anna Ruter (guitar) from Faith Christian Academy 

Performing “Flurries”

  • Robot Tennis Club (Laura Steadman (guitar/vocals), Eli Schulz (bass), Nina Dorighi (drums), Laura Steadman (guitar/vocals))

Performing “305”



Alana Margolis(performing under Alana Mars) - CU Denver MEIS alum. Alana has performed in the band Sister Neapolitan (at SXSW, the NAMM Showcase, and multiple SoFar Sounds concerts). Her debut single “Hold My Tongue” was recently released in January.


Katie Yeager - Current CU Denver Singer/Songwriter student. Katie is a pop/folk singer-songwriter and describes her music as “if George Harrison and Harry Styles met in a coffee shop on a road trip”. The first two singles from her debut EP, Adeline, are out now!


Finn O'Sullivan - Current CU Denver Singer/Songwriter student. Finn is "committed to creating things that other people can relate to". She released her first EP in 2020. Finn's song “When the Power Comes Back On” won the 2020 John Lennon Songwriting Contest "Song of the Year.". This was an international competition with thousands of entries and judged by music industry stars.

Edwina Maben - CU Denver MEIS alum. Selected by Grammy-winning producer RedOne as a top 5 finalist songwriters in Guitar Center’s 2017 national songwriting contest (of 9,000+ entries). Edwina has performed at The Troubadour, Colorado & Company (9NEWS), The Kennedy Center’s “Arts Across America'' Series, Levitt Pavilion (opened for DeVotchKa), and TEDxMileHigh.


Evan Reeves - CU Denver Singer/Songwriter faculty member. Evan is a songwriter, session musician, and record producer. Evan runs a recording/production/songwriting studio under the umbrella of What Are Records? (An indie record label) and United Interests (artist management).


  • 1st Place: Five hours of studio time at Youth on Record,  $500 LYNX Camp Scholarship, CU Denver t-shirt and other items.
  • 2nd Place: One free creativity coaching lesson from MEIS Singer/Songwriter Faculty Member Owen Kortz, $400 LYNX Camp Scholarship, CU Denver t-shirt and other items.
  • 3rd Place: Two concert tickets to a concert at Swallow Hill Music, $300 LYNX Camp Scholarship, CU Denver t-shirt and other items.
  • Honorable Mention: $200 LYNX Camp Scholarship, CU Denver t-shirt and other items.





Who is eligible?

All Colorado high school students

Why does CU Denver host the high school songwriting competition?

To celebrate the musical talent of all the high school musicians in Colorado and to provide a platform for these young artists to demonstrate their music. We hope that this competition will provide inspiration to young, contemporary musicians! The event will also help the CU Denver Music & Entertainment Industry Studies (MEIS) Department to identify and connect with potential future students.

How to apply?

Just create a music video of yourself or your band playing a song that you wrote. We do require a video and not just an audio file. It is important to our judges to actually see you playing the music. Please note that you don't need a nice video camera to record your video. Even a phone camera should work. We do encourage you to do your best to maximize sound quality but, again, we emphasize that expensive sound equipment isn't needed. The 2022 submission form went live on November 1st.


Once we receive all of the video submissions after February 1st, our judges will review the applicants and choose the finalists. All of the finalists will be invited to perform live at the King Center Recital Hall on the CU Denver campus on March 11th at 3:30pm. Seven finalists were selected.


Just reach out to Dave Walter at or 303-315-7487.

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Congratulations to the 2020-21 Colorado High School Music Competition Winners!


2020-21 Colorado High School Rap/Hip Hop Competition

  • 1st Place - Zach Kiekhaefer (Denver School of the Arts) & Nic LaBeaux (Lakewood HS)

2020-21 Colorado High School Rock Band Competition

  • 1st Place - Next One Up
    • Band Members - Peter Wogoman (The Academy of Charter Schools), Julia Grote (Stanley Lake High School), Brad Willard (Legacy High School), Benjamin Paulin (Legacy High School), Gavin Varner (Brightmont HS)

2020-21 Colorado High School Singer/Songwriter Competition

  • 1st Place - Sophie Scholl (North HS)
  • 2nd Place (Tie) - Gwen Draut (Denver School of the Arts) and Bella Galbo (Telluride HS)
  • 3rd Place (Tie)- Maddie Cody (Denver School of the Arts) and Aden Timson (The Classical Academy)

The musicians competed through Zoom on November 13, 2020. Prized included Studio Time at Youth On Record8-week programs at Swallow Hill Musiccreative coaching from Owen Kortz, and scholarships to the 2021 LYNX Camp Music Industry Program.

A huge thank you to our judges who are some of the top names in the Denver music industry: