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 Alabama Orchestra Association
Summary:Orchestral Competition
Deadline: 01 August 2018
Date Posted: 11 July 2018
Details: Since 2000, the AOA has been active in the commissioning of new works of music for the All-State Orchestra Festival. Each year, one or more works has received its World Premiere Performance at the All-State Orchestra Festival. In addition, the composers have spent the weekend in residence at the Festival. Previous composers have included Stella Sung, Alan Moss, David Durant, James Grant, David Ott, James Woodward, Sandra Dackow, James Lee, Lanette Lind, Philip Wharton, Robert J. Bradshaw, Ryan Fraley, Daniel Leo Simpson, Sean Pallatroni, Elizabeth Lim, David Rimelis, Michael Foumai, James Danly, Roger Zare, and Alejandro Basulto-Martínez.

In February of 2006, the membership of the Alabama Orchestra Association resolved to make the annual commissioning program into the Alabama Orchestra Association Composition Competition.

The winning composer will receive a cash award of $1,500. In addition, the winning composition will be performed at the 2019 Alabama All-State Orchestra Festival at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa on February 11, 2018. The winning composer will also be awarded a residency at the 2019 Alabama All-State Orchestra Festival, which will include airfare from any point in the continental US, accommodations, transportation, and meals.


All materials must be RECEIVED by August 1, 2018. Notification of the results of the competition will be made by September 1, 2018.

• Submissions should be original, previously unpublished compositions for orchestra (instrumentation listed below).
• The submitted composition must have been composed between January 1, 2016 and August 1, 2018 and must not be published by a major concert or educational publishing house.
• The submitted composition should not have received a previous public performance. The performance at the Alabama All-State Orchestra Festival should be the World Premiere Performance of the work.
• The composition should be for full orchestra. Orchestration cannot exceed:
o 3 Flutes (3rd doubles piccolo)
o 2 Oboes
o 2 Clarinets
o 2 Bassoons
o 5 Horns
o 3 Trumpets
o 2 Tenor Trombones
o 1 Bass Trombone
o 1 Tuba
o 1 Timpani
o 2 Percussion
o First Violins
o Second Violins
o Violas
o Cellos
o String Basses
• Works that call for additional instruments will not be considered.
• The duration should be no less than five minutes and no greater than ten minutes.

Application Procedure

New for the 2019 competition, all materials will be submitted online. You will need to store your score and audio file on a site such as Dropbox or your personal site and provide us with a link. The score should be in pdf format and the audio should be mp3. Payment of the $35 entry fee will be made via paypal. No account is necessary.