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 RED NOTE New Music Festival Composition Competition
Summary:Chamber ensemble competition
Deadline: 15 October 2012
Date Posted: 02 September 2012
Details: The 2013 RED NOTE New Music Festival Composition Competition


The competition is open to all composers, regardless of age or nationality. The composer of the winning work will receive a $1000 prize, and the work will be performed by faculty members of the Illinois State University School of Music at the RED NOTE New Music Festival in Normal, Illinois, on March 6, 2013. The final round of the Competition will be judged by established composers from around the United States.

Submitted works should be scored for any number of players/vocalists drawn from the ensemble listed below. In addition, ONE more instrument or vocalist may be added (e.g., a second violin, an oboe, etc.).

Flute (1)
(doubling piccolo or alto flute)
Clarinet in B-flat (1)
(doubling A, E-flat, bass)
Trumpet (1)
Trombone (1)
Tuba/Euphonium (1)
Violin (1)
Viola (1)
Violoncello (1)
Pianos (2)
Percussion (2 players)
Mezzo-soprano (1)
Tenor (1)
Baritone (1)
Acoustic Guitar (1)
Saxophones (2)

• If the winning work is scored for string quartet, it may be considered by Spektral Quartet for their performance at RED NOTE on March 4, 2013 (see
• Works may also include non-interactive electroacoustic elements (e.g., CD playback).
• Works must not exceed 15 minutes in duration.
• Works may have been performed before, but should not have been composed before 1997.
• An entry fee of $20 must be included with the first score submitted. There is an entry fee of $10 for each additional score submitted. Composers may submit as many works as they like.
• Students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Illinois State University may not enter.
• Previous winners of the RED NOTE New Music Festival Composition Competition may not enter.
• DEADLINE: October 15, 2012. Results will be announced by December 15, 2012.


Entrants are required to email an ANONYMOUS pdf and audio file (mp3 or MIDI) of each score to: Exceptions to the mp3/MIDI requirement may be made in the case of works which use unconventional notation. The submitted pdf’s and audio files must be free of names and identifying marks. Entry fees are to be paid by credit card via a link on the Composition Competition website:

Composers should make every effort to enter and submit payment electronically, but hard copies and payments by check are also acceptable if necessary; contact Professor Carl Schimmel at (309) 438-3477 or for details. In the event that no entry is worthy of the award, the University reserves the right to award no prizes or prize money. The winning composer must agree to provide parts by January 15, 2013, in order to guarantee a performance of the winning work at the RED NOTE New Music Festival. Attendance at the Festival is encouraged but not required. Questions may be addressed to Carl Schimmel at For details on past competitions, visit
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