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South Bay Music Symposium’s Composition Competition

 South Bay Music Symposium’s Composition Competition
Summary:Concert Band Competition
Deadline: 15 December 2017
Date Posted: 15 November 2017
Details: The purpose of the South Bay Music Symposium’s Composition Competition is to find and promote the next generation of instrumental band composers. Through this program SMBA and ESCB will reach a new level of musician and connect them with the greater Southern California area.


The 2017-18 submission period will be from November 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017. Please submit the following materials via ONE email with attachments to The subject line of the email should read “SBMA Composition Competition” followed by your full name.

• 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 (do not include your name on the score).
• An anonymous recording in mp3 format. Recordings must be complete (no excerpts) and must be labeled with the title of the work only and sent as an email attachment. When submitting MIDI please take the time to create an audio file which sounds as realistic as is possible. An audio file is not mandatory to apply.
• A curriculum vitae with full name, date of birth, name of composition and complete contact information (this will not be viewed by the jury).
• Please pay application fee via Paypal at (use the Donate button) or by check (make check out to SBMA).
• All steps outlined above must be completed and submitted in their entirety by the deadline. No exceptions can be made whatsoever. If you wait until December 15th, we cannot guarantee any issues that arise during staff review, including missing or incorrect documents, will be resolved by the application deadline.


$20 – Payment will be accepted via credit/debit card through PayPal at (use the Donate button) or by check (make check out to SBMA). PayPal accounts are not required. Application fee is not refundable, please review guidelines carefully.


Composers must be between the ages of 16 and 35 at the time of submission. Composers are not required to live in Southern California. The composition must not have been previously performed in public.


• an original work for concert band.
• between 4 and 8 minutes in duration
• scored for traditional concert band
• works may be written for amplified instruments and piano
• works may include non-interactive electroacoustic elements (e.g., CD playback).
• The El Segundo Concert Band, or other ensembles associated with the South Bay Music Association, reserve the right to perform the winning composition at any time in the future free of charge. (educational performances acceptable).
• The composition must not have been previously performed in public.


One winner will be selected to receive a $500 prize and two live performances of their work:

• Saturday, March 3, 2018 - El Segundo Concert Band - “Epic"

The winning composers will also be invited to El Segundo as “composers in residence” in March 2018 to work with the musicians performing their piece. Lodging and some meals will be provided free of charge. Attendance at the concert is encouraged but not required.

Several finalists will also be announced at the concert.


Submissions to the South Bay Music Association's Composition Competition are reviewed anonymously in two rounds. A preliminary screening to reach the Top 3 will be conducted by:

Steven Allen Fox
El Segundo Concert Band, Music Director & Conductor

Edie Rice
South Bay Music Association, Education Director

Dave Gold
South Bay Music Association, Board President

Anne Mazuk
South Bay Music Association, Board Member

Robert Soto
El Segundo High School, Band Director