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 2nd WBAS Wind Band Composition Contest 2019
Summary:Wind band competition
Deadline: 15 October 2019
Date Posted: 17 July 2019
Details: Introduction
The main objective of this contest is to encourage composers to write original wind band compositions of high artistic and educational merits. The WBAS Composition Contest has four categories. Each category differs in music difficulty level, performance duration and instrumentation.

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The winning entries may be selected as one of the test pieces at the 7th Singapore International Band Festival 2020.

Discover more about the winning works for 2018!

-To promote wind band as a serious and distinctive medium of musical expression and cultural heritage in Singapore and the region;

-To encourage composers to write new compositions of high artistic value with consideration of education merits;

-To connect and enhance the communications and exchanges among composers, performers, band directors and audience;

-To increase the diversity and quality of compositions available for our learning and professional musicians.

Rules & Regulations
• For grading references, please refer to the American Band College Music Grading Chart (Revised) by Dr. Cynthia Hutton.

• Qualifying compositions should be unpublished and original.

• Compositions may be written in multiple movements but it must not exceed the stipulated duration - refer to 'Categories'.

• All submitted compositions must include a synopsis of his/her composition and description that explains his/her work and musical materials used. The word limit of the synopsis is 500 words.

• Compositions for solo instruments will be not be accepted. (For example, concertos, concertinos, etc.)

• The Organiser reserves the right to screen, reallocate the composition to a different category or reject any application. The Organiser reserves the rights not to disclose any reasons for such applications.

• There will be no tie on the finals.

• The Organiser is not responsible for any misprint or mistakes on the score and parts of the selected compositions.

• Participation in this contest means that each participant agrees and accepts to all rules and regulations.

• All decisions made by the Organiser are final. No appeals will be accepted.

1st Prize:$25

 Alumni Composition Competition 2019
Summary:Competition for Cardiff Alumni
Deadline: 14 October 2019
Date Posted: 26 June 2019
Details: The School of Music are delighted to once again invite alumni and graduates of the School to enter our alumni composition competition.

The winning composition will be performed by Cardiff University Symphony Winds at a concert in the Hoddinott Hall at the Wales Millennium Centre on 27 March 2020.

The competition was launched last year to great success, with entries from alumni of the School spanning over 30 years. The winning piece by Cardiff-born composer Gareth Olubunmi Hughes (PhD Music 2016) was performed by Cardiff University Symphony Orchestra in St David’s Hall.

All alumni of the School of Music are invited to enter. Works that have been performed previously, along with previously unperformed works, are both welcome.

Cardiff University School of Music has a distinguished roster of composer alumni from past and present, including Morfydd Owen, Grace Williams, Alun Hoddinott, Hilary Tann and Philip Cashian.

We also have a strong community of current and recent undergraduate and postgraduate composers.

Technical information

Duration: Submissions should be between 7’ and 15’ minutes.

Instrumentation: Works should be scored for standard Symphonic Winds set up:
3(inc. picc).2.3(inc. bc and E flat clarinet)2/ x alto sax, tenor sax, bari sax/Hp.String Bass.Timp.3Perc

Scores will be anonymised and submitted for consideration by a panel which will include the conductor of the University’s Symphonic Winds, as well as members of staff from the School of Music.

The composer of the winning work must be available to attend the final rehearsals and the performance, and may be asked to make minor changes to the score as needed for rehearsals and final performance.

Please submit a PDF of a full score, along with a 100-word biography and composer’s year of graduation to by 4pm on Monday 14th October 2019.

 Hillcrest Wind Ensemble
Summary:Wind Ensemble Competition
Deadline: 04 November 2019
Date Posted: 29 May 2019
Details: Composition Requirements
Hillcrest Wind Ensemble’s Call for Scores Rules

1. All styles of music will be considered. All compositions must be original works for wind ensemble (composer’s transcriptions are okay) and have NOT been previously published or performed. The Hillcrest Wind Ensemble’s (HWE) performance of the piece will be the “World Premiere Performance”. (No self-published works will be accepted - publish your work after our performance of the piece in April of 2020).

2. Entrants: The Call for Scores contest is open to any age, nationality, or experience level. NO members or family members of the HWE may enter.

3. Scoring is to be for the Hillcrest Wind Ensemble. We have the following instrumentation:

- 6 Flutes (up to 3 piccolos) - 2 Oboes - 2 Bassoons - 1 Eb clarinet - 6 Bb clarinets
- 1 Eb Alto or Eb Contralto Clarinet - 1 Bass Clarinet - 2 Alto Sax - 1 Tenor Sax
- 1 Bari Sax - 5 Cornets/Trumpets - 4 French Horns - 3 Trombones - 2 Euphoniums/Baritones
- 2 Tubas - 1 String Bass - 1 Timpani - 1 Mallet percussionist - 3 percussionists

Do NOT include English Horn, Soprano Sax, Harp, etc. They are NOT available. We have limited technology for electronics. If you include electronics, it should be easily accessible. Vocals are permissible from solo voice and up to 4 part SATB. Entries not meeting the instrumentation detailed above will NOT be considered.

4. Duration: Preference is given to works between 4-10 minutes (shorter and longer pieces have won in the past; this is just a preference).

5. Entry Fee(s): The entry fee to the Call for Scores is $20 USD per submission. All entry fees will be submitted through The San Diego LGBT Community Center’s (The Center) donation portal. Click here to pay your fee electronically < > (IMPORTANT: On The Center’s donation page, please select “Hillcrest Wind Ensemble” in the “Program” pull down menu in the “Donor Information” section to ensure that your entry fee is credited to the ensemble.) Your entry fee is tax deductible. Submit the “Tracking Code” from The Center’s Emailed receipt with your score and composer information sheet (detailed below).

6. Difficulty: Pieces should be for medium to advanced players - Grade 3 to 5.

7. Suitability: If, in the opinion of the judges, no entry is deemed worthy of a prize, none shall be awarded.

8. Deadline for submissions: End of day, November 4th, 2019

9. Judges: The judges evaluating your work are music professionals including performance majors, music educators, composers, and arrangers.

10. Notification: The winning pieces will be announced in December of 2019. Winning entrants are expected to be available for questions and cooperative with the HWE artistic director through the rehearsal season up to the performance of the piece in our spring 2020 concert (late April or May).

11. Parts for the winning entries will be needed by January 4th, 2020.

12. Performance Rights: By entering the contest, the winners acknowledge and grant a non-exclusive perpetual license to HWE to perform and record all or a portion of their work created for the HWE Composition Contest. Winning compositions will remain in the HWE music library for future performance beyond the premiere concert date. Recordings, either audio or video, may be placed on YouTube and other social media accounts. The winners retain their copyright of the piece and may publish the piece any time after the HWE world premiere performance date.

13. Awards: There will be two cash awards: 1st place of $500.00 and 2nd place of $250.00. Winning pieces will be performed at the HWE Spring Concert in 2020. A recording of the piece will be available for download.

What to Submit: (Only electronic submissions will be accepted)

A. Score: A PDF of the score formatted for 8.5” x 14” or 8.5” by 11” printing. No handwritten scores or parts will be accepted. Judging will be anonymous. Do NOT put your name on the score.

B. Composer Information: We require all of the following information:
1) Composer Name
2) Complete Mailing Address
3) Telephone Number
4) Email address
5) Gender identity

C. Recording: Live (non-concert performance) or MIDI sound file is okay. Recordings must be MP3 format, up to 6MB only.

D. Entry Fee: The entry fee is $20 USD per submission. All entry fees will be submitted through The San Diego LGBT Community Center’s (The Center) donation portal. Submit the “Tracking Code” in Email with composer information, score, and recording. Click here to pay your fee electronically. (IMPORTANT: On The Center’s donation page, please select “Hillcrest Wind Ensemble” in the “Program” pull down menu in the “Donor Information” section to ensure that your entry fee is credited to the ensemble.) . Click here to pay your fee electronically.

All Submissions and Communications regarding the contest will be sent to the Composition Contest Coordinator here:
Entry Fee:$20