The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Robert Avalon International Competition for Composers: Concert and Awards Program

Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 – Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017

04:00 PM – 05:30 PM


The annual Robert Avalon International Competition for Composers celebrates exciting, new, and highly original contemporary music rooted in the classical tradition by both young and more-established composers. Now celebrating its 11th year, this signature event organized by the Foundation for Modern Music has grown dramatically, from a local competition for a handful of young composers to an international competition. Judges evaluate entries from around the world, and participants have traveled from as far away as South Korea in order to be present.

The competition concert showcases the stellar quality of Houston performing artists and ensembles who relish the challenge of learning and presenting works of great difficulty.

Through the competition, the Foundation for Modern Music honors its late artistic director, Robert Avalon, who helped develop and initiate several important new projects for the foundation—including this competition for young, college, and mid-career composers. Concert pianist, composer, and brother of former Houston Mayor Bill White, Avalon died in 2004 at the age of 47.

This program is free! Drop in to participate. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 


  • Tuesday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Sunday, 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
    Monday: Closed (Except Monday Holidays). Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • General Admission

    • MFAH Members FREE
    • Adults $15
    • Seniors (65+ with ID) $10
    • Military (with ID) $10
    • College Students (19+ with ID) $7.50
    • Youth (13–18) $7.50
    • Children (12 & younger) FREE
    • Certain special exhibitions are ticketed, with an additional charge.
    On Thursday, general admission is free for everyone.

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Make visiting a snap! Visit mfah.org/parking for complete parking info, including a map you can download.

    Two Parking Garages        

    Parking Garage Hours

    Open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Parking Garage Fees

    • Parking payments may be made only with major credit cards, or with MasterCard and Visa debit cards.
    • The first 30 minutes are always free. On Thursday, parking is free for visitors who enter the Museum between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
    • For hourly rates, go to mfah.org/parking
    Recommendation for guests with limited mobility: Use the covered drop-off lane at the Main Street entrance to the Beck Building, or use wheelchair-accessible parking in the garage at 1144 Binz Street.

Special Offers / Dining

Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.

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