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 Sousa/ABA/Ostwald Contest
Summary:Concert Band Composition Competition
Deadline: 01 October 2018
Date Posted: 08 August 2018
Details: Cash Prize of $5,000

The American Bandmasters Association (ABA) and John Philip Sousa Foundation are proud to announce the 59th Sousa/ABA/Ostwald Award. Since 1956, this composition contest has stimulated the creation of many important new compositions for concert band and is responsible for more new band music than any other competition of its kind.

The 2018 Award Committee will consider concert band compositions with a completion date no earlier than October 1, 2015 and with a difficulty rating of grade 5 or 6.

The Sousa/Ostwald Committee (Committee) consists of ABA members who screen and judge the entries according to the rules listed below.

The winning composition will be performed during the 2019 American Bandmasters Association Convention, which will be held in Loveland, CO, March 6-9, 2019.


Rules
1. Entries must be emailed to the Committee Chair (address below) no later than 11:59 pm EDT on October 1, 2018.

2. Submissions must be original compositions for band with a completion date no earlier than October 1, 2015 and that have not previously been submitted. No transcriptions or arrangements are allowed, with the exception of works transcribed for band by the composer. (For these entries, the completion date of the transcription will serve as the date of eligibility.)

3. There is no prescribed instrumentation for this award, but entries should be scored for an ensemble that consists primarily of winds, brass, and percussion. The conventional symphonic band instrumentation is approximately as follows: Piccolo, Flutes, Oboes/English Horn, Bassoons/Contra Bassoon, E-flat Clarinet, B-flat Clarinets (3 parts), Bass Clarinet, Contra Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophones (2 parts), Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Cornets/Trumpets (at least 3 parts), French Horns (4 parts), Trombones (3 or 4 parts), Euphoniums, Tubas, String Bass, Percussion. The score may also include Piano and/or other keyboard instruments, and may also include electronic elements produced by a synthesizer or computer. Works for solo instruments with wind accompaniment are also eligible for consideration.

4. There is not a maximum/minimum length for entries, nor is there a limit on the number of movements. The number of works submitted by a composer is limited to three per year, and each entry must be sent separately. ABA members are not allowed to submit a work for consideration.

5. Candidates should submit their entries via email to the address below. Submissions should include a PDF of the full score and an MP3 recording utilizing the instrumentation indicated on the score. Please do not send paper scores and/or parts, and note that MIDI-type realizations will NOT be accepted; recordings MUST be produced from a live performance or recording session. There is no requirement to remove the composers name or other identifying marks from the score or recording.

6. If the score does not already include the following information, please include it in the entry email:
Date of Completion
Grade Level
Commissioning Ensemble(s)
Recording Conductor and Ensemble
Composer Biography (This should include private teachers and schools attended)

7. Receipt of entries will be verified by an email reply from the Committee Chair. Candidates who have not received a confirmation within one week are encouraged to resubmit or contact the Committee Chair.

8. After the final round of judging is complete in December, the winner will be notified by a member of ABA and an announcement will be posted on the ABA website. The winning work will be performed at the 2019 American Bandmasters Association Convention. Depending on the length of the work, the ABA may decide to use an abbreviated version of the winning composition at this performance.

9. The winning composer will receive a cash prize of $5,000. The prize entitles the ABA to performance rights at future ABA conventions. The composer must furnish a score and a set of parts at no charge to ABA. Some travel expenses will be paid by the ABA in order to help facilitate the composer’s attendance at the convention.

10. The Committee reserves the option of withholding the award, a decision that would be reached by no less than a 75% majority.

11. All rights to the work, including copyright and publisher negotiation, remain with the composer, except for performance rights at ABA conventions (see #9 above).

12. PDF and MP3 files should be emailed to the Chair of the Committee, Michael Colburn (colburnmj@gmail.com) no later than 11:59pm EDT on Oct. 1, 2018.
Web Site:www.americanbandmasters.org/so...

 Hillcrest Wind Ensemble
Summary:International Composition Contest with Two Divisions
Deadline: 05 November 2018
Date Posted: 15 March 2018
Details: 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 2019).
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. Judges: The judges evaluating your work are music professionals including performance majors, music educators, composers, and arrangers.
4. Scoring is to be for our Wind Ensemble:
- 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 Saxophones
- 1 Tenor Saxophone
- 1 Baritone Saxophone
- 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 up to 4 part SATB.
Entries not meeting the instrumentation detailed above will NOT be considered.
5. Duration: Preference is given to works between 4-10 minutes (shorter and longer pieces have won in the past; this is just a preference).
6. 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).
7. Difficulty: Pieces should be for medium to advanced players - Grade 3 to 5.
8. Suitability: If, in the opinion of the judges, no entry is deemed worthy of a prize, none shall be awarded.
9. Deadline for submissions: End of day, November 5th, 2018
10. Notification: The winning entries will be announced in December of 2018. Winning entrants are expected to be available for questions and cooperative with the Ensemble’s artistic director through the rehearsal season up to the performance of the piece in our Spring 2019 concert (late March or April).
11. Parts for the winning entries will be needed by January 4th, 2019.
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.


Awards: There will be two cash awards: 1st place of $500 and 2nd place of$250. Winning pieces will be performed at the HWE Spring Concert in 2019.


What to Submit: (Only electronic submissions will be accepted)
A. Score: A PDF of the score formatted for 8.5” x 14” 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
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.)

All Submissions and Communications regarding the contest will be sent to the Composition Contest Coordinator here: HWE.Contest@gmail.com

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Prospectus- 2018 Composition Contest - Youth Division
Hillcrest Wind Ensemble’s
Quest for Fresh Music Rules
(Ages 12-18, Middle/Junior and High School)

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 2019).
2. Entrants: The Quest for Fresh Music will be residents of the United States, aged 12-18, and in Middle/Junior or High School in 2018. NO members or family members of the HWE may enter.
3. All entrants MUST submit a short “Letter of Recommendation” from their music teacher or private instructor.
4. Judges: The judges evaluating your work are music professionals including performance majors, music educators, composers, and arrangers.
5. Scoring is to be for our Wind Ensemble:
- 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 Saxophones
- 1 Tenor Saxophone
- 1 Baritone Saxophone
- 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.
No vocals or narration are allowed.
Entries not meeting the instrumentation detailed above will NOT be considered.
6. Duration: Preference is given to works between 3-5 minutes.
7. Entry Fee: There is NO entry fee for submission to the Quest for Fresh Music contest. Only 1 entry is permitted per contestant.
8. Difficulty: Pieces should be for medium easy to advanced players - Grade 2 or higher.
9. Suitability: If, in the opinion of the judges, no entry is deemed worthy of a prize, none shall be awarded.
10. Deadline for submissions: By end of day November 5th, 2018
11. Notification: The winning entries will be announced in December of 2018. Winning entrants are expected to be available for questions and cooperative with the Ensemble’s artistic director through the rehearsal season up to the performance of the piece in our Spring 2019 concert (late March or April).
12. Parts for the winning entries will be needed by January 4th, 2019.
13. 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.


Awards: Up to three selected winners will receive a letter of congratulations and certificate of achievement. No monetary award is offered.


What to Submit: (Only electronic submissions will be accepted)
A. Score: A PDF of the score formatted for 8.5” x 14” 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 the following:
1) Composer Name and Parent/Guardian Name
2) Complete Mailing Address
3) Telephone Number - Composer and Parent/Guardian
4) Email address - Composer and Parent/Guardian
C. Recording: Live (non-concert performance) or MIDI sound file is okay. Recordings must be MP3 format, up to 6MB only.
D. Signed Letter of Recommendation: scan and submit in PDF format.


All Submissions and Communications regarding the contest will be sent to the Composition Contest Coordinator here: HWE.Contest@gmail.com
Web Site:www.hillcrestwindensemble.com/...

 2018 North American Student Composer Competition
Summary:Wind Band Competition
Deadline: 15 December 2018
Date Posted: 08 March 2018
Details: 1. Overview
The Metropolitan Wind Symphony, also known as MetWinds, is announcing its third North American Student Composer Competition. The goals of this Competition are to stimulate student composers to write new, high-quality music for the wind band, and motivate highly talented student composers to persist in building a career in composition by rewarding them with recognition, commission, and performance.

1.1. Rules for Entries
To be eligible to compete, the entrant must be a music school, high school or college student in North America at the time of the submission. "College" will be interpreted to mean junior college, four year college, conservatory, or graduate school.

Students must submit a short biography/resume, and a score and recording of a single work, written for any combination of instruments and/or voices, up to fifteen minutes in length, on compact disk or in a computer file which can be emailed to us at rap@alum.mit.edu. If longer pieces are submitted, only the first fifteen minutes will be evaluated. Recordings may be either live performances or computer-generated. If they are playable on a Windows personal computer, they are acceptable. Submissions will be returned at the end of their evaluation if accompanied by a stamped self-addressed envelope.

1.2. Submission Information
The deadline for submission will be Dec. 15, 2018. Receipt of the submission will be acknowledged by email if an email address is provided. Submissions will be evaluated by the MetWinds commissioning committee, with final determination of the winner to be made by the Artistic Director. Announcement of the winner will be made by April 1, 2019. The winner of the competition will be awarded a $1,000 commission, to write a new four to eight minute work for full concert band, with instrumentation and approximate grade level to be specified by MetWinds.

1.3. Premiere, Award, and Publication Details
The work is expected to be premiered by the MetWinds in November 2020 or thereafter, hopefully with the composer in attendance at the dress rehearsal and premiere. The intention is for this commissioned piece and its premiere to help celebrate the 50th season of MetWinds, September 2020- July 2021. Transportation, meals, and lodging will be provided for the composer. The winning composer will provide three scores and one set of parts to MetWinds. $300 of the commissioning fee will be due the composer at the time of the award being made and the remaining $700 will be paid upon delivery of the score and parts to MetWinds. The composer will grant MetWinds the right to premiere the work but will retain ownership of the work.

1.4. EntrySubmission

Email entries to Bobby Piankian, rap@alum.mit.edu or Mail entries to:

MetWinds Student Composer Competition c/o Bob Piankian
9 Surrey Road
Newton, MA 02458

Questions? Email Bobby Piankian at rap@alum.mit.edu
Web Site:www.mws-boston.org