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Maurice Gardner Competition for Composers

 Maurice Gardner Competition for Composers
Summary:Viola Compeition
Deadline: 01 December 2019
Date Posted: 24 October 2019
Details: Submission Deadline: December 1, 2019
In honor of prolific composer, Maurice Gardner (1909–2002), the mission of the Gardner Competition is to identify and promote important new works for the viola and to honor Mr. Gardner’s legacy.
First Prize – $1,000 and a performance at the American Viola Society Festival, June 3-6, 2020, in Knoxville, Tennessee, at the University of Tennessee. First Prize also includes a $500 travel and lodging stipend to attend the performance in Knoxville.

Second Prize – $500
Competition Rules:
o Entries must not have been commercially recorded or previously performed;
o Entries will be a maximum of 15 minutes in length;
o Entries must be for solo viola, or viola and one other instrument. Any interactive media required for the performance of the winning composition will be the responsibility of the composer.
o The competition is open to composers of all ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds, gender expressions and identities, sexual orientations, nationalities, or religious beliefs.

Submission Guidelines: All application materials should be submitted online at

Guidelines for Anonymous Submission:
o All application materials, including entry form, will be found and submitted online at The composer’s real name must be removed from scores and recordings and from file names submitted. Entrants will be invited to create a pseudonym on the entry form.
o Composers must submit a highly legible score in PDF format. The AVS reserves the right to reject illegible scores.
o A live or MIDI recording of the composition.
o A non-refundable application fee of US $40, payable by credit card, check or via Paypal, limited to one composition per entry.
o The winning composer will be notified via email by March 1, 2020

The winning composer will be notified via email by March 1, 2020
All questions and inquiries should be directed to:
Martha Carapetyan, Competition Chair,