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Portland Symphony Orchestra Announces Young American Composers Competition

 Portland Symphony Orchestra Announces Young American Composers Competition
Summary:Young Composer Orchestra Competition
Deadline: 15 May 2014
Date Posted: 16 April 2014
Details: The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) will celebrate their 2014-15 “90th anniversary” season with a very special cycle of concerts. Starting with the 14/15 season, the PSO, under the direction of music director Robert Moody, will perform all nine Beethoven Symphonies: three per season over the 14/15, 15/16, and 16/17 seasons.

To accompany this “Beethoven Cycle,” and to further celebrate its 90th anniversary season, the PSO will also invest in the future of composition by holding a Young American Composer Competition. The winning composer will be commissioned to write a new work for the PSO, to be performed in February of 2015. The format of the work shall be of the composer’s choosing, but PSO will require the work to demonstrate some connection to the nine symphonies of Beethoven (this connection may be quite obvious, or much more obscure.)

Competition details are as follows:

PRIZE: $3,500 cash award, as commission to write a new work for PSO. The new work will be premiered by Music Director Robert Moody and the Portland Symphony Orchestra, on February 15 & 17, 2015, in Merrill Auditorium, Portland, Maine.

DEADLINE to apply: May 15, 2014


30 years or under as of February 15, 2015
An American citizen
Applicants should send the following items: (preferably in .pdf or .doc/docx formats):

Cover Letter: In the letter, please address how your approach to a new work for PSO might be inspired by Beethoven, as well as why this opportunity is interesting and exciting to you.
Two of your existing compositions, preferably of varying style. (Compositions for full orchestra preferred; compositions for smaller ensembles accepted).
If possible, audio recordings (from live performance, or mp3) of these compositions.
Two letters of recommendation
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