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Vincent C. LaGuardia, Jr. Composition Competition

 Vincent C. LaGuardia, Jr. Composition Competition
Summary:Orchestral Competition
Deadline: 30 June 2018
Date Posted: 06 June 2018
Details: The Arapahoe Philharmonic of Littleton, Colorado (a Denver suburb), in support of its ongoing mission to recognize young talent in the classical music field, announces the opening of its Vincent C. LaGuardia, Jr. Composition Competition for 2018–2019.

This competition is for student composers under the age of 35 and enrolled in a US-based educational institution, and who are not yet regularly employed in the composition field (see definition below). The winner will be named Composer-in-Residence with the Arapahoe Philharmonic for two seasons (2018–2019 and 2019–2020). The orchestra will perform the competition-winning composition during the May 11, 2019 concert (date to be confirmed) and will commission a new orchestral work to be performed on a Masterworks concert during the 2019–2020 concert season.

To qualify, the composition must be no longer than 10 minutes in duration and must be written for an orchestra not to exceed: 3-3-3-3 / 4-3-3-1 / strings, percussion (timpani + 3; standard orchestral equipment only), one piano, one harp. The orchestra reserves the right to substitute/omit percussion equipment it does not own or cannot easily obtain. The composition should not feature a soloist. Short solos from within the ensemble are acceptable. If you have questions, please contact Erin Acheson, Executive Director, at

The 90-member Arapahoe Philharmonic has been a valuable cultural asset in the Denver metropolitan area since 1953. In addition to its regular season of six masterworks concerts, the orchestra offers many services to the community, including concerts for elementary school students, coaching students from area high schools, the T. Gordon Parks Concerto Competition and the Vincent C. LaGuardia, Jr. Conducting Competition, which alternates annually with this Composition Competition.

The inaugural Composition Competition was held during the 2014–2015 season. Edgar Girtain, from New Jersey’s Rutgers University, was named as the orchestra’s first Composer-in-Residence. Our second resident composer was Jonathan Bingham from New York University.

Application Process/Entry Submission Requirements
Applicants must submit:
• One PDF of a representative composition. This is a blind application process. No name or identifying marks, other than title, should be marked on the score.
• Optional: An mp3 recording (live or midi) may also be submitted. Include only the title of the work as it appears on the corresponding score.
• Online application form.
• Scan of ID (driver’s license or passport) to confirm eligibility to apply. Applicants must be citizens of the United States or provide written authorization from applicant’s U.S.-based school (Designated School Official) confirming that the applicant can receive award for composition/commission.
• CV, resumé, and/or brief biography of no more than 250 words, including degree(s) and year(s) of completion/anticipated completion. (Degrees do not need to be in music composition.)
• List of compositions and premiere performances with artists/ensembles, where applicable.
• $50.00 non-refundable application fee.

All applications must be submitted online. Completed submissions will be accepted beginning June 1, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. on June 30, 2018, via the link below. No late or mailed entries will be accepted.