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 Lake George Music Festival Competition
Summary:chamber music call
Deadline: 31 January 2013
Date Posted: 11 November 2012
Details: The Lake George Music Festival is a strong supporter of contemporary classical music, and will annually host an international competition to promote its continued development and dissemination. Our mission is to find and recruit the next generation of leading composers and promote their work to the world at large. We will pair the most promising works with our roster of exceptional performers, fostering long-lasting relationships between artists of the highest caliber. Promoting the movement that contemporary music is alive, inspirational, and relevant to every community, we are doing our part to connect Lake George with the evolution of this tradition.


Composers of any nationality will submit one original work composed after January 1st, 2008. Works must be complete, no single movements of multi-movement works will be accepted. Composers must be between the ages of 18 and 35 at the time of submission. Past winners and current students of the jury are not eligible to participate. The composition must be between 8 and 15 minutes in duration. It must be scored for 3 to 8 players from the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, b-flat clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, or piano. Any combination is acceptable, however only two of the same instrument may be included; example: maximum of 2 flutes, 2 oboes, piano four hands, etc. Musicians will not be able to double any other instruments. Works for two or more pianos or electronic/amplified instruments are not acceptable.


One winner will be selected to have their work performed live at the Lake George Music Festival’s forthcoming season. The winning composer will be invited to Lake George to work with the musicians performing their piece (August 14-22, 2013) where lodging and 2 meals per day will be provided free of charge. The winner will also be awarded a modest stipend to assist with travel costs and a professional audio recording of the performance. Attendance at the festival is encouraged but not required. Several finalists will also be announced; these works will be kept in the LGMF music library for future programming considerations. There is no cash prize.


Submissions will be reviewed anonymously in two rounds. A preliminary screening will be conducted by members of the Lake George Music Festival Administration. A final round will be adjudicated by David Ludwig, Composition Faculty and Artistic Chair of Performance, Curtis Institute of Music.


The submission period is from November 1st, 2012 to January 31st, 2013. Please submit the following materials via ONE email with attachments to The subject line of the email should read “LGMF Composition Competition” followed by your full name.

1) 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.

2) An anonymous recording in MP3 format. While pieces need not be previously performed publicly, the recording must be of live instruments (no electronic MIDI realizations will be accepted). Recording must be labeled with the title of the work only. Recording must be sent as an email attachment.

3) A curriculum vitae with full name, date of birth, and complete contact information (this will not be viewed by jury members).

There is no application fee. There is no formal application form.

Scores or recordings submitted with composer identifying marks (e.g. full or partial name, affiliated institution, publisher, etc.) will be immediately disqualified. No third-party submission sites or ZIP files will be accepted. 25 megabytes (MB) is the total combined maximum for attachments. Please do not send any additional materials. Application materials must be submitted electronically; no postal mail submissions will be accepted. Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged by return email.

Results will be announced by March 15th, 2013. Any questions regarding the competition should be directed to Alexander Lombard at
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