Songwriting Competition 


The Colorado High School Music Competitions will return in early 2022! The competition will begin accepting video submissions on November 1, 2021 and the submission deadline will be February 1, 2022. Finalists will be selected from the video submissions and will be invited to the final live competition on Friday March 11th. Most finalist will perform live at the CU Denver King Center on the CU Denver campus (Auraria Campus). Finalists from outside the Denver area will be allowed to perform by Zoom if they can't make it to Denver. Please see additional competition details below.

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 will go live on this page 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 2:30pm. Those within 50 miles of Denver will be required to perform live at the event while those who live further away will have the option of playing live over Zoom. 


Judges and Prizes

The judges and prizes for the 2022 competition will be announced soon.


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: