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 PRYO Composition Contest
Summary:String Orchestra Competition
Deadline: 31 July 2018
Date Posted: 12 April 2018
Details: The Phinney Ridge Youth Orchestra is excited to announce the 2018 composition contest!

The purpose of the contest is to expand the literature for the high school level string orchestra and to encourage the creation of new music. The parts must be playable by good high school age musicians. One winner will be selected for a world-premiere concert during the 2018-2019 season.

The Phinney Ridge Youth Orchestra is a string orchestra for young artists in high school in the greater Seattle Area.

Requirements:

The composition contest is open to all composers regardless of age or nationality.
The composition must not have been performed publicly.

We are a small chamber orchestra so please do not write divisi parts.
3-3-2-1-1

Duration: 3-5 Minutes.
Important Dates:

July 31st, 2018 at 11:59pm PST: Deadline
August 2018: Winner announced
September 1st, 2018: Winner must provide all parts
December: Performance of the winning composition at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.
Evaluation Criteria:

Scores will be evaluated based on the quality of the score, the playability of the parts, and on artistic merit. Any score that is illegible or too difficult will not be considered.

The PRYO reserves the right to change the date of performance due to programming consideration. By submitting a work competitors agree to these conditions of entry.
Submission Process:

Applicants should submit:
Pdf of the Score (Clearly Legible)
Mp3 (Midi Mockups are acceptable)
Program Notes
Brief Bio (200 words or less)

Submissions via email only to todd@seattleschoolofstrings.com
Links to download are acceptable.

Submission Fee: $20
Web Site:phinneyorch.com/contest

 BASEL COMPOSITION COMPETITION
Summary:String Orchestra Competition
Deadline: 31 May 2018
Date Posted: 25 January 2018
Details: No person is more representative of the Basel musical scene than Paul Sacher (1906-1999). He devoted himself tirelessly to the music of his century in his various roles as conductor, as commissioner of new works and as sponsor and member of numerous guilds and institutions. Amongst the works commissioned by Paul Sacher are Béla Bartók’s “Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta”, Bohuslav Martinů’s “Toccata e due Canzoni”, Igor Stravinsky’s “Concerto en ré” as well as Arthur Honegger’s Fourth Symphony.

In 1973, Sacher founded the Paul Sacher Foundation which gained international reputation as a leading research institution after acquiring the estate of Igor Stravinsky and collections from Anton Webern and Bruno Maderna.

In 2017–18 years after his death – Paul Sacher’s spirit will be revived once again as the most compelling works of the 21st century are brought to Basel for the first edition of “Basel Composition Competition” (BCC), an international event open to the public, conceived and organised by Artistic Management GmbH in cooperation with the Paul Sacher Foundation and directed by the Head Juror, Wolfang Rihm.

During the selection process, the jury will shortlist ten pieces to be performed at the competition by the Basel Symphony and the Basel Chamber orchestras. The three winning works shall be awarded monetary prizes totalling CHF 100,000.

FOLLOWING THE SUCCESS OF THE INAUGURAL “BASEL COMPOSITION COMPETITION” IN FEBRUARY 2017, A SECOND COMPETITION WILL TAKE PLACE ON 20-24 FEBRUARY 2019.

The three winning compositions shall receive the following prizes at the closing ceremony:
First Prize: CHF 60,000
Second Prize: CHF 25,000
Third Prize: CHF 15,000

The finalists shortlisted to participate in the Competition shall be awarded an acknowledgement of CHF 1,000 each.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
The competition is open to participants of any age or nationality.

MAY I SUBMIT A PREVIOUSLY COMPOSED WORK?
The competition is open to new, non-premiered works. Previously unfinished compositions finished in time for the competition may be submitted, as long as they have not yet been premiered in whole or in part.

MAY I REDUCE THE SIZE OF THE STRING SECTION?
The string section must be at least 4-3-2-2-1 strong.

CAN THE WORK BE LONGER AS INDICATED?
Works exceeding the maximal duration (20 minutes) may not be accepted for the Competition.

WHEN ARE THE DEADLINES?
31 May 2018, 23:59 (CET): Registration, including payment of registration fee.
31 August 2018, 23:59 (CET): Submission of the full orchestral score.
30 November 2018, 23:59 (CET): Submission of the orchestral parts.

MUST ALL SPECIFIED INSTRUMENTS BE FEATURED?
The exact instrumentation for the Basel Chamber Orchestra and Basel Symphony Orchestra is specified in the regulations. Exceptions are not allowed. Works for solo instruments will not qualify.

CAN I SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE WORK?
Unfortunately, the competition establishes a limit of one work per composer.

IS IMPARTIALITY GUARANTEED BY ANONYMITY?
In order to evaluate the submitted compositions regardless of the composer’s personality, the Jury shall review them anonymously. The composers’ name shall only be revealed upon announcement of the nominated works. The applicants are very welcome to apply under a pseudonym. Said pseudonym, however, may only be used until the start of the competition performances, where the composer’s presence is requested. All applicants are requested to submit their scores without featuring their name. The composer’s full name and address should be included in the envelope or a separate sheet of paper enclosed with the application, so the Competition Bureau may process the application correctly.

MAY I SUBMIT THE FULL SCORE ELECTRONICALLY?
The full score must be submitted in print or in manuscript. Please send it to the specified address within the deadline. Furthermore, the score or manuscript must also be submitted in electronic form.

WHERE CAN I PAY THE REGISTRATION FEE?
Please transfer CHF 50 into the following account:
IBAN: CH63 0483 5006 2741 1100 2
BIC: CRESCHZZ80A
Name: Artistic Management GmbH, Basel.
Reference: surname, first name, date of birth


Web Site:www.baselcompetition.com/eng/B...