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 2018 Grand Valley Wind Band Commission
Summary:Wind Band Commission
Deadline: 01 February 2018
Date Posted: 23 November 2017
Details: Grand Valley State University announces the Grand Valley Wind Band Commission. One composer will be commissioned to compose a work for the Grand Valley State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

The world premiere will be given by the ensemble during the 2018-2019 concert season, during a residency of the winning composer. The performance will be broadcast live on the web, will be included on promotional videos by GVSU ensembles, and may be included in a future album. The current wind band repertoire reflects a discrepancy between the diversity of the contemporary composer community and the catalog of regularly performed and newly commissioned works. We believe that diverse experiences are an intellectual asset and that a range of thoughtful perspectives and a commitment to open inquiry strengthens our liberal education tradition. Therefore, all composers are invited to apply, but we would like to especially encourage women and/or composers who are from underrepresented populations at GVSU.

EXPIRATION OF OPPORTUNITY
February 1, 2018, 12:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

ENTRY FEE
$0

ELIGIBILITY
All composers are invited to apply, but we would like to especially encourage women and/or composers who are from underrepresented populations at GVSU. Current Grand Valley State University students, faculty, and staff may not participate.

ENTRY PROCESS
We are interested in commissioning the strongest composer, regardless of having written for wind band previously. You may submit works of any instrumentation that demonstrate your highest level of accomplishment.
1. Applications not adhering to these guidelines will not be considered.
2. Applications must be sent as attachments to gvwindbandcommission@gmail.com. If you must link to a cloud service, place ALL files in ONE folder and submit the folder link.
3. Composers must submit 2 representative compositions.
4. Compositions may be of any length or instrumentation, with or without electronics.
Applicants should prepare the following for each submission:
1. Information sheet with composer's name, pseudonym, email address, phone, title of works submitted, instrumentation, duration, name of performers/ensemble on recording.
2. One PDF of each score submitted labeled with the title and pseudonym.
3. A recording from a live performance or studio recording for each submitted score. No MIDI or other computer realizations. No exceptions.
4. Program notes (separate from the score as a PDF file).
5. Naming conventions for files:
a. TITLE_Pseudonym_score.pdf
b. TITLE_ Pseudonym _recording.mp3, recording.wav, recording.aif
c. TITLE_ Pseudonym _prognote.pdf. For lengthy titles, truncate to the first 10 characters.
d. Composer_LastName_First_Name_Information Sheet
Submission deadline: February 1, 2018, midnight EST.

PRIZE
$5000 (U.S.) Commission
Web Site:www.gvsu.edu/mtd/2018-grand-va...

 South Bay Music Symposium’s Composition Competition
Summary:Concert Band Competition
Deadline: 15 December 2017
Date Posted: 15 November 2017
Details: The purpose of the South Bay Music Symposium’s Composition Competition is to find and promote the next generation of instrumental band composers. Through this program SMBA and ESCB will reach a new level of musician and connect them with the greater Southern California area.

HOW TO APPLY

The 2017-18 submission period will be from November 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017. Please submit the following materials via ONE email with attachments to inquiries@sbmusic.org. The subject line of the email should read “SBMA Composition Competition” followed by your full name.

• An anonymous .pdf file of the composition score. The score should be labeled with the title of the work and printed date of composition only (do not include your name on the score).
• An anonymous recording in mp3 format. Recordings must be complete (no excerpts) and must be labeled with the title of the work only and sent as an email attachment. When submitting MIDI please take the time to create an audio file which sounds as realistic as is possible. An audio file is not mandatory to apply.
• A curriculum vitae with full name, date of birth, name of composition and complete contact information (this will not be viewed by the jury).
• Please pay application fee via Paypal at www.sbmusic.org (use the Donate button) or by check (make check out to SBMA).
• All steps outlined above must be completed and submitted in their entirety by the deadline. No exceptions can be made whatsoever. If you wait until December 15th, we cannot guarantee any issues that arise during staff review, including missing or incorrect documents, will be resolved by the application deadline.

APPLICATION FEE

$20 – Payment will be accepted via credit/debit card through PayPal at www.sbmusic.org (use the Donate button) or by check (make check out to SBMA). PayPal accounts are not required. Application fee is not refundable, please review guidelines carefully.

ELIGIBILITY

Composers must be between the ages of 16 and 35 at the time of submission. Composers are not required to live in Southern California. The composition must not have been previously performed in public.

GUIDELINES

• an original work for concert band.
• between 4 and 8 minutes in duration
• scored for traditional concert band
• works may be written for amplified instruments and piano
• works may include non-interactive electroacoustic elements (e.g., CD playback).
• The El Segundo Concert Band, or other ensembles associated with the South Bay Music Association, reserve the right to perform the winning composition at any time in the future free of charge. (educational performances acceptable).
• The composition must not have been previously performed in public.


PRIZE

One winner will be selected to receive a $500 prize and two live performances of their work:

• Saturday, March 3, 2018 - El Segundo Concert Band - “Epic"


The winning composers will also be invited to El Segundo as “composers in residence” in March 2018 to work with the musicians performing their piece. Lodging and some meals will be provided free of charge. Attendance at the concert is encouraged but not required.

Several finalists will also be announced at the concert.

JURY

Submissions to the South Bay Music Association's Composition Competition are reviewed anonymously in two rounds. A preliminary screening to reach the Top 3 will be conducted by:

Steven Allen Fox
El Segundo Concert Band, Music Director & Conductor

Edie Rice
South Bay Music Association, Education Director

Dave Gold
South Bay Music Association, Board President

Anne Mazuk
South Bay Music Association, Board Member

Robert Soto
El Segundo High School, Band Director

Web Site:www.esconcertband.org/composit...

 2018-2019 Association of Concert Bands Young Composers Composition Contest
Summary:Concert Band Competition
Deadline: 15 June 2018
Date Posted: 23 August 2017
Details: This composition contest is intended for young composers who are writing music for concert band. There are over a thousand community bands in the United States and more across the globe who are performing concert band music. These ensembles play music from across the spectrum - show tunes, patriotic selections, marches, transcriptions, new works for band. These bands are looking for new music that fits a more traditional style of concert band literature that audiences will enjoy. Composers should keep this audience in mind for their submission to this contest.

Eligibility:
• Composers under 30 years of age on submission deadline date.
• Composers must not be contractually obligated as an employee or under contract to any publisher or publishers.
ineligible: Current Members of the ACB Board and their family members

Guidelines
• A 3 - 5 minute duration piece of original composition for concert band at a grade level of roughly 4.
• Submissions must not have been previously published.
• Submissions must have been written within the past 18 months.
• Submissions must not have been previously performed in a public venue.
• Only one submission per composer will be accepted.
• Suggested Instrumentation:
o C Piccolo; 1st & 2nd Flute; Oboe; Bassoon;1st, 2nd, & 3rd Clarinet; Bass Clarinet; 1st & 2nd Alto Saxophone; Tenor Saxophone; Baritone Saxophone; 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Trumpet; 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Horn; 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Trombone; Euphonium (BC/TC); Tuba; Mallet Percussion; Timpani & Percussion (expanded) Optional: Eb Clarinet, 2nd Oboe, 2nd Bassoon, Contrabass Clarinet, Piano
o Special Considerations: Extensive cross-cueing (always on solos for Horn, Bassoon, Oboe, Bass Clarinet); composers are encouraged to use expanded percussion, particularly mallet and accessory instruments. Plan for maximum of five percussionists.

Submit via email to acbcontest@gmail.com

• Cover Sheet with Composer's name, mailing address, email address, school affiliation (if current student), birth date, names of all files submitted (as a word document or PDF file).
• One PDF of the score labeled with the Title. Other identifying information must be removed.
• An .mp3 recording if available, MIDI files from the composing software are acceptable.
• Program notes. (separate from the score as a word document or PDF file)
• Naming conventions for files: TITLE_Initials_score.pdf TITLE_Initials_recording.mp3 (or .mid) TITLE_Initials_prognote.pdf (or .doc) For lengthy titles, truncate to the first 10 characters.
• If the composition is selected as the winner, a complete set of parts in PDF form is to be provided.
• Application fee of $25 by credit card ("buy now" below) or by check made out to the Association of Concert Bands with a copy of the cover sheet mailed to:

Association of Concert Bands
c/o Sarah McElfresh
905 4th Avenue Extension
Farmville, VA 23901
Web Site:www.acbands.org/compositioncon...

 7th Harerubeke International Composition Competition (International Composition Competition Harelbeke)
Summary:Wind Orchestra Competition
Deadline: 01 April 2018
Date Posted: 10 May 2017
Details: For the seventh time, the International Composition Competition Harelbeke will be organized in Harelbeke (Belgium). The aim of this competition is to encourage talented composers to integrate the achievements of contemporary music and current composition techniques into wind orchestra compositions.

Contemporary music, more specifically in the sector of music for wind and percussion instruments, deserves permanent backing. As town council, our aim is to motivate composers and performers and to provide a window onto the world. Building a musical bridge between international communities is essential for the future of mankind. This competition contributes to this goal.

A unique feature of this competition is that the works of the three finalists will be performed live by the wind orchestra Koninklijk Harmonieorkest Vooruit Harelbeke.

General provisions

1. The competition is open to composers of all ages and from all countries.

2. Each composer can enter only two works.

3. The duration of the work must be between 15 and 25 minutes (to be stated on the score).

4. The submitted works must be original in every respect: only unpublished works that have never been performed in public nor broadcast on radio or television and that have never won a prize at any national or international competition will be accepted. Adaptations of existing compositions or rearrangements or re-orchestrations of known tunes or folk songs will be rejected.

5. Only music compositions for wind orchestra will be accepted. Works for brass band or chamber music groups will not be accepted.

6. Compositions using electronics will not be accepted.

7. As the three shortlisted compositions will be performed live during the final, the orchestration of the work must not exceed the following instrumentation:

Piccolo; Flute 1&2; Oboe 1&2; English horn; Clarinet Eb; Clarinet Bb 1,2&3; Bass Clarinet Bb; Contra-Alto Clarinet Eb; Contrabass Clarinet Bb;

Soprano Saxophone; Alto Saxophone 1&2; Tenor Saxophone; Baritone Saxophone; Bassoon 1&2; Contrabassoon;

Cornet Bb 1&2; Trumpet Bb 1,2&3; French Horn F 1&2, 3&4; Tenor Trombone 1&2; Bass Trombone; Euphonium Bb; Tuba C;

Double bass;

Timpani; Percussion (max. 6 parts);

Piano; Harp

The works will be performed by an orchestra from Harelbeke with this instrumentation.

8. The score must bear a title and a pseudonym instead of the composer’s name. The submitted score must be accompanied by a scanned application form and a signed declaration of authenticity. The application form can be downloaded from the competition’s website: www.icch.be

9. The name of the composer must not appear anywhere on the score. Nor may the score contain any details that might lead to the identification of the composer.

10. The score should meet the following requirements: (1) realized in digital format (music notation software) and (2) submitted in PDF-format by uploading it onto the website www.icch.be

11. The composer must also include a short written preface to explain the work. If the composer has used an alternative music notation system, it must also be explained.

12. The jury reserves the right not to award all three prizes if the desired level is not reached.

13. The organization will preserve two copies of the score: (1) to be kept in the archive of the competition in Harelbeke, (2) to be kept in the music library of MATRIX in Leuven (http://www.matrix-new-music.be/).

14. The jury will announce the finalists on Monday 16 April 2018.

15. The finalists will be asked to attend a rehearsal with the orchestra on the day before the final. This rehearsal will take place in the presence of the jury members. Each finalist will have one hour to work with the orchestra. Travel expenses will be reimbursed by the organization. Hotel and subsistence expenses however must be borne by the composer.

16. If a prize-winning composer decides to have his work published by a music score publisher, the score must carry the words: with this work the composer was a finalist at the 6th International Composition Competition Harelbeke (Belgium).

17. If one of the finalists is disqualified, another candidate will be selected to take his or her place.

18. The jury’s decisions are final.

19. Entries submitted after the deadline will not be accepted

20. By entering the competition the candidate accepts the competition rules.

Entry to the competition
1. The competition is open to composers of all ages and from all countries. Each composer can enter only two works.

2. All inscriptions are done using the website www.icch.be

3. The submitted score must be accompanied by a scanned application form and a signed declaration of authenticity. The application form can be downloaded from the competition’s website: www.icch.be

Web Site:www.icch.be