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  1. YOUNG COMPOSERS COMPOSITION COMPETITION Summer of 2017 Welcome to the 2nd official summer competition! It’s a time to go outside and see the sun, concerts, murals, dance, and all things relaxing, and we’re hoping to capture the essence of that for this competition. Modest Mussorgsky famous wrote his piece, “Pictures at an Exhibition”, written after Viktor Hartmann’s paintings of travel were shown at an exhibition in his honor. While some are lost, we’ve been treated to many different musical renderings of different art in the past, including literature, art, and even dance, retrospectively. This competition will have composers engage in all kinds of art in new ways, and create new works that cross and defy different mediums and genres! GOAL: Create a suite of 4-9 pieces based on different works of visual art (painting, oil on canvas, sculpture, architecture, etc.), a la “Pictures at an Exhibition”. These works of art should be connected in some way, though this criteria requirement is arbitrary by design to encourage the creativity of composers. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: *Be a member of YC. *Signal your desire to enter by September 10th by commenting on this thread. *Submit your entry by September 13th, provided you signaled your desire to entry correctly. *At the time of submission, submit an audio mockup (MIDIs are acceptable). *We also want members of this site to volunteer their time to judge. If you do volunteer, I ask that you have some working knowledge of art and orchestration. *One piece per composer. SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: At the time of submission submit a PDF with: *all art works used, labeled with the artist and the date. *a short, written description of the criteria linking the art you chose. *a written description of the relevance of each artistic work to each movement. Your piece should include: *4-9 short movements all labeled with the titles of each work at the top of each. *Any ensemble you desire. *A run time of no less than 5 minutes and no more than 45. SCORING: Met the minimum/maximum art piece requirement (disqualification if invalid) Submitted a PDF with all the necessary materials (disqualification if invalid) Sound orchestration /15 Good art -> music relevance, according to the composer and judge, individually /15 Sound quality of recording /10 Score quality /10 Please let me know if you’d like to enter as a participant or judge in the comments. Good luck! For composers who want to compete but aren't totally sure about art, this is a good guide to start: http://www.visual-arts-cork.com Entrants: 1. Noah Brode 2. bkho (potential) 3. Gustav Johnson 4. punintentional 5. mikelee531 6. Austenite 7. Rowan Abrey (potential) 8. Ilyankor 9. Luis Hernández 10. tmarko Judges: 1. Maarten Bauer
  2. Young Composer’s Spring 2017 Competition Spring is in the air! This competition is going to be a little different than most others, and will be a based on the following scenario: A regional chamber orchestra is commissioning composers to orchestrate three spring months, specifically March, April, and May, from Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s piano work, The Seasons Op. 37a. The orchestra has the following instrumentation available: 2 Flutes (both can double piccolo) 2 Oboes (2nd oboe can double English horn) 2 Clarinets (Bb, A, Eb, bass clarinet doublings allowed) 2 Bassoons (2nd Bassoon can double Contrabassoon) 3 French Horns 2 Trumpets 1 Trombone 3 Percussionists (including timpani) 1 Harpist 8 1st Violins 7 2nd Violins 5 Violas 4 Celli 2 Contrabass TOTAL of 44 players The orchestration of all the movements must feature at least 14 players from the orchestra. Entries that exceed the instrumentation listed above (44 players) will be disqualified. Please try to keep the instrumentation as consistent as possible for all three movements. To enter this competition you must meet the following requirements: Be a member of YC Signal your desire to enter by May 15th by commenting on this thread. At the time of submission, submit a score with proving that you meet the instrumentation requirements (NO EXCEPTIONS), and an audio mockup (MIDIs are acceptable). We also want members of this site to volunteer their time to judge. If you do volunteer, I ask that you have some working knowledge of orchestration. Entries will be scored on the following (these guidelines are somewhat general at the moment, but might be expanded upon later): Orchestration - How well does the entrant write for his chosen ensemble? Does the entrant exploit different colors through different instrumental combinations? Does he add any originality to the work? 35 PTS Instrumentation - How well does the entrant write for each specific instrument? 30 PTS Quality of Score 25 PTS Quality of Audio 10 PTS TOTAL 100 PTS Please observe the following deadlines: Signal to enter or volunteer to judge: May 15th, 2017 Entries must be submitted by June 4th, 11:59 PM EST I have attached a PDF of the three movements in question to this thread. Happy orchestrating, and good luck! DO NOT SUBMIT ENTRIES ON THIS THREAD Entrants: 1. Monarcheon Judges:
  3. Disclaimer by Monarcheon: Congratulations and thank you to all competitors who put so much time and effort into their works. While we do prescribe winners for our competitions, it is so important to recognize the communal event’s purpose of having everyone strive to be their very best. There was no work submitted without merit and it was a pleasure to honor all submissions with my humble opinion. Disclaimer by danishali903: Congrats to all who participated! It was very entertaining to read your stories and hear your music. Since I've been busy for the past few months, my reviews are a little less detailed than they usually are for competitions. If you have any questions regarding your scores, or need more clarification about anything, please don't hesitate to PM me. ADRIAN QUINCE: danishali903: 94 Monarcheon: 85 GRAND TOTAL: 179/230 SENI-G: danishali903: 85 Monarcheon: 75 GRAND TOTAL: 160/230 SEBASTIANVIOLA: danishali903: 79 Monarcheon: 71 GRAND TOTAL: 150/230 CONNOR_HELMS: danishali903: 72 Monarcheon: 75.5 GRAND TOTAL: 147.5/230 NOAH BRODE: danishali903: 73 Monarcheon: 70 GRAND TOTAL: 143/230 CONGRATULATIONS ADRIAN QUINCE!
  4. YC Competition: Winter 2017 “…tell me a story…” Hello all, and welcome to the next YC competition! What better way to start off the new year than with some healthy competition? I’m looking forward to great new works from all of you and hopefully, more of you, too! To celebrate the new year, I thought we should all write some stories! We’re going to be writing very programmatic music for this season and I can’t wait to be taken on so many journeys! I’ve kept the theme very general this time so we can see all sorts of takes on so many different life experiences, biographies, fables, adventures, and more! More than anything, this should be a pretty calm and fun competition amongst a community. Eligibility to compete will remain the same: ELIGIBILITY: *You must be a member of the Young Composers forum in order to enter. Sign ups will be in the comments below. *There will again be no limits to instrumentation. *The minimum length for this competition will be the same as last time: 6 minutes. The maximum will also stay the same at 20 minutes. *You must have some sort of audio rendition accompanying your work, otherwise your entry will be disqualified. *If you volunteer to be a judge, you may not enter as a contest participant. *Entrants should have an intermediate understanding of engraving and orchestration… this is another major focus of the competition. The rules, however, are not: RULES AND SCORING: Submit a score that represents a story of your choosing. This can be about your own life, someone else's life, a well known story, or anything in between. It simply needs an arc, as does your music. This can be loosely interpreted; one can have many movements with a portion of the story in each, or one long movement or overture that tells the whole thing. You will be judged on orchestration (/25), the ability to tell the composer’s intent through clear programmatic writing (/30), and the clear development of thematic material (/25). Score quality is also taken into account (/15). Submit a written version of the story with words. This is not optional. This written piece should explain each portion of the music and what is intended on being told. This needn’t be so incredibly detailed, but should offer unique insight on the composer’s vision. Even well-known stories require explanation (/10). Submit an audio recording of your work for the judges to follow the score with. You’ll be graded on audio quality (/10). TOTAL: /115 DATES: Entry Intent: March 10th Entry Deadline: March 19th Judge’s Scores: March 23nd Results: March 24rd Signal your intent to have an entry ready by leaving a comment to this thread. Good luck to all; I look forward to reading and hearing your stories! JUDGES: 1. danishali903 2. Monarcheon ENTRANTS: 1. Noah Brode 2. Austenite 3. Seni-G 4. Ken320 5. Jotaa45 6. RefinedRedneck 7. Connor_Helms 8. Adrian Quince 9. SebastianViola
  5. Please post LINKS to your submission for the Winter 2017 Story Competition here. Your deadline to post is March 18th. 1. Post your piece in the appropriate forum. 2. Place the link into this thread. Here are the guidelines, as a checklist for you. RULES AND SCORING: Submit a score that represents a story of your choosing. This can be about your own life, someone else's life, a well known story, or anything in between. It simply needs an arc, as does your music. This can be loosely interpreted; one can have many movements with a portion of the story in each, or one long movement or overture that tells the whole thing. You will be judged on orchestration (/25), the ability to tell the composer’s intent through clear programmatic writing (/30), and the clear development of thematic material (/25). Score quality is also taken into account (/15). Submit a written version of the story with words. This is not optional. This written piece should explain each portion of the music and what is intended on being told. This needn’t be so incredibly detailed, but should offer unique insight on the composer’s vision. Even well-known stories require explanation (/10). Submit an audio recording of your work for the judges to follow the score with. You’ll be graded on audio quality (/10).
  6. There is a cool Classical Guitar Competition going on on Youtube until April 30th 2017. It is free to enter. All you need to do is record at least one of the "3 Short Pieces" and upload it to your YouTube Channel. You can download the Scores (free!) and the rules (to see how to enter and how to earn points) here: Scores (free) and Rules If you enter, let us know. We would love to see your videos. Have fun! =)
  7. Here is my entry for the November, 2016 competition. Hopefully this uploads right....
  8. Variações sobre o Siriá

    This is my modest entry for the 2016 Fall Competition. It's a set of variations for solo alto recorder, recorded in my not-even-close-to-a-studio bedroom. It's me playing it. More information can be read in the Notes pdf file. A link to an actual presentation of the original theme (an anonymous folk music) can be watched here (there's a short lively intro before the music starts): Variações sobre o Siriá.mp3
  9. Here is the official topic for entrants to the fall competition to post their submissions. Please post your submission by posting it FIRST to the appropriate regular forum saying something like "this is my entry to the Fall competition", then posting a LINK to that topic here. Judges are not allowed to comment on these submission links, but other entrants are encouraged to leave some feedback. Remember your deadline is the 25th of November. You all have quite some time left to polish up. Good luck to you all! I'll repost the scoring guides: SCORING: How clear was it that the entrant followed the basis of theme in each variation? /20 How unique was each variation in comparison to both the theme and the preceding variation? /20 danishali903 wanted there to be a larger emphasis on orchestration this season. How well did the entrant write for the instruments he/she/they chose? /20 How quality is the score? Are all the markings necessary for a successful performance there? Are all the variations and/or coda labeled?/20 Is the length practical (or does the piece start sounding monotonous?)? /15 How is the quality of the audio? /5
  10. YC: Fall, 2016 Composition Competition - Please Read Carefully! Hello to all! I’ve been given the honor of leading this year’s fall competition for this site by @danishali903. Perhaps some of you saw this on the chat already, but it’s time to make it official! As some of you might have guessed from my entry in last season’s competition, I’m a huge fan of Theme and Variations pieces. Hearing and experiencing multiple ways of expressing one theme is always a refreshing and fun way to look at music. Some of the best Variations pieces include Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, Brahms’s “Variations on a Theme by Haydn”, and who could forget all the composers who wrote famous variations on Paganini’s Caprice No. 24 in A minor? All of these pieces take the essence of the original and provide quick and innovative renditions of them in the form of variations (sometimes a lot of them!). You guessed it, this season’s topic is Variations on Other Composer’s Themes! Below are all the instructions and guidelines concerning scoring, the topic, and deadlines: TOPIC: Compose a “Theme and Variations” piece using a theme from another composer’s piece. RULES TO CHOOSING A THEME: Picking a theme: Entrants are encouraged, but not required, to pick a relatively well-known theme to write their piece with. This is just for the judge’s convenience, so that they are more familiar with the piece and thus can judge the variations more fairly. The theme must be of a length where making variations on it is plausible. Please be a good sport and don’t pick too short a theme. Stating the theme: Entrants should clearly label in their post AND their score what theme they will be utilizing, by which composer, in which piece, and provide a link to that piece with a timestamp for the judges’ convenience. Failure to do so will result in disqualification. Utilizing the theme: Entrants should open their piece directly quoting the theme they will be using throughout, although the harmony they use with it can vary. This opening should be simplistic and easy to latch onto. The subsequent variations should clearly utilize some part of the theme, be it through the chord progression or thematic motifs. ELIGIBILITY: *You must be a member of the Young Composers forum in order to enter. Sign ups will be in the comments below. *There will again be no limits to instrumentation. *The minimum length for this competition will be raised to 6 minutes. The maximum will stay the same at 20 minutes. *You must have a minimum of 5 variations in your piece. *Same as last competition: You must have some sort of audio rendition accompanying your work, otherwise your entry will be disqualified. *If you volunteer to be a judge, you may not enter as a contest participant. *Entrants should have an intermediate understanding of engraving and orchestration… this is another major focus of the competition; the point value has been raised significantly. SCORING: How clear was it that the entrant followed the basis of theme in each variation? /20 How unique was each variation in comparison to both the theme and the preceding variation? /20 danishali903 wanted there to be a larger emphasis on orchestration this season. How well did the entrant write for the instruments he/she/they chose? /20 How quality is the score? Are all the markings necessary for a successful performance there? Are all the variations and/or coda labeled? /20 Is the length practical (or does the piece start sounding monotonous?)? /15 How is the quality of the audio? /5 Please keep in mind that the point values for everything have been raised, especially for the score quality. TOTAL: /100 An extra 5 points can be added to the discretion of the judges if the entrant provides an explanation as to why they chose that theme and why they chose that instrumentation. A penalty of 10% will be factored in to your total score (per judge) for every variation less than 5 an entrant provides. THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE THE THEME. NOTE: Having a Coda present in your piece, clearly labeled, will not count as a separate variation, but will not be reduced from you score for sounding similar. DEADLINE: I’m hoping for everything to be done by the holidays, so to give the judges ample time to properly judge these, on average, longer pieces, the deadline for submission will be November the 25th. The deadline to signal intent for entry into the competition will be November the 1st. ENTRY: Please list your interest to compete by replying to this thread below in the comments. Please note if you are applying as a PARTICIPANT or a JUDGE. I will be updating this list for participants as we go. I will be serving as one of the 4 judges for this competition, so open spots for adjudicating will be limited to 3. JUDGE REQUIREMENT: Must be willing to properly defend all the scores for each category with a few sentences minimum… we want all of our entrants to grow with us! GOOD LUCK TO ALL AND HAVE FUN! GOOD QUESTIONS THAT MAY COME UP: Should I have variations that transition into each other, or can I stop between variations? Entries do not need to have a transition per se, but the piece should still flow, even if stops are present. Listen to Rozsa’s “Variations for Piano, Op. 9” for reference. Why is the minimum time raised for this competition? The minimum time has been raised in order to challenge composers to think about how they can uniquely portray a melody line, over and over again. Why is there a minimum number of variations and why am I getting penalized for not meeting the requirement? There is a minimum number in order to discourage entrants from writing very few, but long variations. How long should each variation be? The point of a classical variation is to adapt a melody or chord progression into a different style, then change it again, to keep interest high. There is no prescribed length per, but it needs to be long enough to get the idea of a variation across. Some are 30 seconds, some can be a minute. What if two of my variations sound similar? The judges will still count it as a separate variation, but will acknowledge its lack of perceptual difference from the prior variation. However, if the score writing is clearly different, that will be taken into account. What if I have a Coda? Having a Coda present in your piece, clearly labeled, will not count as a separate variation, and will not be reduced from you score for sounding similar. A Coda is generally a callback to the theme, found at the end or near the end of a variations piece. Can I submit more than one piece? No, please only submit one piece for this competition. ENTRANTS: 1. danishali903 2. Austenite 3. bkho 4. ChristianPerrotta 5. KJthesleepdeprived 6. orchdork02 7. Noah Brode 8. luderart 9. Emiliano Manna 10. JohnKiunke 11. SebastianViola 12. TJS Judges: 1. Monarcheon 2. Sonataform 3. Ken320 EDIT: Judge Gylfi has had to resign the position due to health complications. Please do not post submissions to the competition here.
  11. SUMMER COMPETITION - 2016 Hello! As part of the website's recent "makeover", we have decided to bring back the seasonal competitions after a hiatus. As of now, these competitions will be held on a seasonal quarterly basis, each based on a specific theme/topic. If anyone has suggestions for future competitions, please send me a private message on this site. As some of you know, this year marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. For those of you unfamiliar with Shakespeare, he was a renowned poet and playwright who wrote many of the English language's greatest works, including 38 stage plays (which include the famous plays Macbeth, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, etc.) and 154 sonnets. Many composers have been inspired by Shakespeare's works and adapted his works into musical forms. Some examples include: Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, Verdi's operas Macbeth and Othello, Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet, and many more. As you probably guessed by now, the competition's theme is Shakespeare! Please read the specific instructions below regarding topic, scoring, etc. Topic: Compose a piece based on something Shakespeare wrote. This could include incidental music to his stage plays, music inspired by any of his works, set his poems/sonnets/etc. to music. Guidelines: Anyone who is a member of this site is allowed to enter. (Though we'll have an unofficial sign up at the bottom) No restrictions on instrumentation - it can be for a solo piano, full orchestra with chorus, or anything in between The minimum length of the piece is 5 minutes, maximum up to 20 minutes Piece can be in multiple movements, but overall maximum time must not exceed 20 minutes You have to submit audio (midi, live, whatever) AND a score to be eligible for scoring by the deadline- NO EXCUSES If you decide to volunteer as a judge, you may NOT enter as a participant! Scoring Criteria - The point system is arbitrary at the moment and might be amended later on Piece's relation to chosen Shakespeare work - pretty self explanatory: /15 points Structure and coherence - also pretty self explanatory: /15 points Instrumentation/Orchestration - how well did you write for your instrument(s), etc.: /10 points Quality of the Score: /8 points Audio Quality: /2 points (Points above [in total out of 50 pts] are given at the judges' discretion: for instance, with "Structure and coherence", an entrant can be given anywhere between 0-15pts.) 5 BONUS points will be given (at the discretion of the judges) if entrant provides a PDF program of their work. DEADLINE: While I don't have a specific deadline at the moment, I WOULD like everything (including getting judges' scores and awarding winners) by September 1st. SO, I will set an arbitrary deadline of AUGUST 15, 2016. We will have an unofficial signup just to gauge interest. If you are interested in entering as a participant, please state your interest by replying to this thread. If you don't feel like competing, you can also sign up to be a judge for this competition. Since there will only 3-4 open positions for being a judge, we'll have a first-come-first-serve rule. SO, if you have any questions and/or concerns, please don't hesitate to voice them below in this thread, or contact me. Have fun composing and good luck to those who participate! PLEASE DO NOT POST MUSIC ON THIS THREAD. I will make another thread where we'll gather all the entries. ENTRIES ARE POSTED HERE: http://www.youngcomposers.com/t34086/summer-competition-2016-entries/ Confirmed Entrants (this list will be updated...please let me know if your name doesn't show up): Austenite AmaraAppogiature KJ mk390 J.S. Destro Fishyfry ChristianP (who has already completed his piece, you slowpokes!) Marc O'C. NoahB. Ken320 Casper Belier Alexander Mika gesisignature Monarcheon Gylfi Confirmed Judges (ALL SLOTS FILLED) Bkho JohnBucket Sojar danishali903
  12. My submission for the Shakespeare summer competition. Looking forward to hearing from the judges. Hope anyone else who listens enjoys, and comments of any sort are always welcome.
  13. King Lear Overture in C minor

    Hello all! This is my entry for the summer competition based on a work by Shakespeare. I connected the most with his tragedy King Lear, and so I wrote a large orchestral piece about it, with various moments from the play annotated (corresponding to the music). Enjoy!
  14. OnTime 2016 Sunrise gives composers a chance to have their music included in a new app! Composition – Contest Deadline: Wednesday, July 20th – 8 pm ET Genre: Classical or Jazz Instrumentation: Any Max Length: 3 minutes Theme: Sunrise Required: MP3 + Full Score (no parts) Prizes: Your Music on new App There are three ways to win in this contest: * Your music may be selected as one of the pieces to be included on a new app. The app selection committee may choose as many or as few as they think would match the high quality of the app, which will showcase classical and jazz music and great composers. * Your music may win first, second or third place in the online Public Voting segment. Today’s composers are learning to promote and share their music by posting invitations to listen and vote on their Facebook or other Social Media. We applaud your efforts to make high-quality classical music and jazz accessible to everyone! * Your music may win the coveted Staff Pick. After all the Public Votes are in, the Staff picks their favorite piece from among those that did not win a prize in Public Voting. All MP3 files must be "app-ready". Examples: live performances or high-quality sampled performances You can enter this contest or visit previous contests and competitions here: http://musicwiz.club/competitions/
  15. I submit music to competitions and calls for scores a lot; at least 10 times a year. I mainly submit works that I have already written and often have already been performed or is ready to be performed. I look for competitions and call for scores that fits what I have already written. However, there are competitions and call for scores that are very specific and very niche. Some call for music for unusual; like trombone and piccolo, three percussionist and a tuba, or alto flute and guitar. Many of these calls come from new music ensembles that are just starting out or performers looking to fill their next season with new works but have limited and unusual available performing forces. And unless you are working with these instruments regularly one will most likely not have music written already for these calls for scores. It isn't just limited to small ensembles, however. There are often calls for scores or competitions that have very specific instrumentation, like orchestras that have a infinite number of wind instruments or specific percussion available. I have seen competitions that require composers to submit works that follow a very specific theme or (if it calls for vocal music) use a very specific text. There are also competitions that have very specific timelines for when a piece should have been written--some requiring a work to have been written prior two years of the competition deadline. So this brings me to the conundrum that is the topic of this thread; should one write music specifically for these calls for scores or competitions? Is the stress of producing music to fit the criteria of a competition, that you might not win, knowing that it might never be performed by anyone else? Or should one stick with competitions that fit music that you already have written or have usefulness outside of said competition? What are your thoughts on this topic and have you come upon this situation yourself?
  16. Competition details - see www.stjohnswaterloo.org/waterloo-festival/fsc2015 Eligibility: Anyone between 18-35 years of age can enter. Brief: A score to accompany the short film “Fare thee Well” (the film is around 6 minutes duration). You can download a copy of the film by visiting https://vimeo.com/121271838, or email waterloofestivalfsc@gmail.com to request one. Please note that, this year, the film has an audio design. Forces: Two categories: (1) piano quintet (piano, 2 violins, viola, cello); (2) electronic (where at least one of the instruments must be synthesised). Performance: Monday 15 June 2015, 4.30pm, BFI Southbank, London. Judging panel: Walter Fabeck (Harmonie Band); Colin Maxwell (Royal Opera House) – see below for details Deadline: For entry forms and fee: Friday 10 April, 2015. For completed entries: Friday 1 May, 2015. Entry fee: £8, to cover administration and consulting fees. To download an entry form, click here. The prizesThe overall winner from each category will receive £350, with the runners-up (also one from each category) receiving £150 each. Shortlisted scores from each category will be performed at a screening of the film at BFI Southbank in London on Monday 15 June, 2015, 4.30pm. Members of Southbank Sinfonia will perform the selected scores from category (1) live alongside the film. The overall winner from each category will also be announced at this event.
  17. Hey guys, Anyone would like to organize an online music competition and invite musicians to perform your music piece? Please have a look at the introduction video here to see how it works. Main features: 1. You decide how much to award the prize winner and you will be the judge for the competition as you know who perform your song the best. 2. You can get hundreds of people performing your music piece and sharing the music performance for you (thru social sharing). I got this idea from online design competition platform. 3. You can ask your friends to support you by donating a few dollars to your competition in our platform (So this competition is their birthday gift for you this year) 4. Different from traditional competition, competitors can submit their performance on the site early and composers can give feedback to them and the competitors can improve their performance and resubmit many times before the deadline so that their performance will match the composers' taste the best. 5. Apart from the champion, you can give out 'Honorable Mention' award to those who perform well as well. 6. After the competition and the prize money is awarded to the winner, you have the right to use their winning competition performance for your own promotional purpose. We will be sponsoring a few competitions when we are launching our site some time in April. If you would like your song to be considered, please fill in the form here. If you have more ideas and suggestions about the competition, please feel free to discuss here. If you are interested in launching a competition, please also reply to this post as well so I can see how many of you are interested in it. Thanks. If you are interested in becoming part of our team, please feel free to send me a message as well. Best, Patrick Chu Founder of 99Composers
  18. Partner Composers Competition

    Hello, composers! The site has been kind of weak lately without the exciting competitions, so I plan to make this new one. In this competition, each composer will be paired with another composer, and each will submit a composition(pdf and audio) to the other privately. I recommend something easy and small! Your partner will review the piece(do so nicely, please!) and give feedback. After editing your piece, submit here, and I will decide which composition "team" had the best works, in my opinion. If it is for piano, I might try recording, but likely not. Guidelines: Work must be between 1-5 minutes. Keeping it short! Send partner PDF of score and audio. Does not have to be live recording DUE: Pending, likely in April Be nice in your feedback. Have fun! Partners: 1) Christian Perrotta--_______ 2) _______--_______ 3) _______--_______ 4) _______--_______ 5) _______--_______ I really hope this might be exciting and easy for all. Just wanted something exciting on the forums.
  19. Hey everyone! I'm new to this forum. I just discovered a new composing forum, and they're currently hosting a classical composition contest. At this point, the forum is very new and there's only a few members, so they could use some publicity. It's not going to be extremely competitive, and there are 100$ prizes which are nice. Here's the link if you want to check it out: http://composers.boards.net/thread/2/site-launch-100-composition-contest Check it out!
  20. Dear YoungComposers members, I am posting on behalf of the Chelsea Symphony, a young non-profit orchestra located in NYC (http://www.chelseasymphony.org) composed of professional musicians and highly-trained amateur players. Our organization is currently holding its Inaugural Composition Competition and still taking submissions. The winning entry will be performed on the orchestra’s season finale concerts on May 15 and 16, 2015. The winning composer will also receive a professional recording of the performances and an honorarium of $250. The winning selection will be chosen by acclaimed conductor and composer Gerard Schwarz, Conductor Laureate of the Seattle Symphony and Music Director of the All-Star Orchestra, in conjunction with a panel of musicians from The Chelsea Symphony. Participants must be early-career composers under the age of 40 at the time of submission and reside in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut. A complete listing of eligibility requirements and submission guidelines is available on our website at http://www.chelseasymphony.org/competition. Note that the submission deadline is January 2nd, 2015 (this Friday) - which likely doesn't leave enough time for a new composition, but if anyone happens to have a composition that fits the requirements I encourage you to submit your work! Thank you for your time, and blessed holiday wishes to everyone!
  21. I thought you guys might be interested in this opportunity:
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  23. Compose a score (classical or electronic) for our short silent film and win £500, and have your score performed live at the British Film Institute, Southbank, London by Southbank Sinfonia. Visit http://stjohnswaterloo.org/waterloo-festival/fsc2014/ for full details. Competition details Eligibility: Anyone between 18-35 years of age can enter. Brief: A score to accompany the short film “A Journey’s End” (the film is around 5 minutes duration). You can download a copy of the film by visiting http://vimeo.com/87933524, or call 020 7633 9819 or email waterloofestivalfsc@gmail.com to request one. Forces: Two categories: (1) oboe quintet (oboe + string quartet); (2) electronic (where at least one of the instruments must be synthesised). Performance: Tuesday 1 July 2014, 3.30pm, BFI Southbank, London. Judging panel: Walter Fabeck (Harmonie Band); Colin Maxwell (Royal Opera House) Deadline: For entry forms and fee: Friday 11 April, 2014. For completed entries: Friday 9 May, 2014. Entry fee: £8, to cover administration and consulting fees. The prizes The overall winner from each category will receive £500. Shortlisted scores from each category will be performed at a screening of the film at BFI Southbank in London on Tuesday 1 July, 2014, 3.30pm. Members of Southbank Sinfonia will perform the selected scores from category (1) live alongside the film. The overall winner from each category will also be announced at this event.
  24. The New Music Conflagration, Inc. seeks original works of three to six minutes with the themes of solidarity and community in efforts to build a stronger bond, between all, through the universal language of music. A public concert will be presented in December 2014 at a venue in the Saint Petersburg area. Selected compositions will also be professionally recorded and presented on The New Music Conflagration, Inc.’s website. Composers may submit one work per category: Solo Voice, A-cappella Choir, Choir with Accompaniment. Instrumentation by category is as follows: Solo Voice: Mezzo-Soprano, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Piano, Drum Set A-cappella Choir: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass Choir with Accompaniment: Male Solo, Female Solo, Chorus: (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass), Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Piano, Drum Set, Cello, Viola, Flute Composers are not required to use all the instruments/voices in a given category. Composers of any age or nationality may participate in the open call by submitting to the the appropriate division either: Student, Amateur or Professional. See application website for more details.https://thenewmusicconflagration.submittable.com/submit/ http://thenewmusicconflagration.org/ Deadline: 16 Apr 2014 Entry Fee: 7.00 Currency: U.S. Dollar (USD) Web site: https://thenewmusicconflagration.submittable.com/submit
  25. SACRA/PROFANA introduces the first annual SOUND/PROJECT Summer Choral Intensive, a week-long program open to recommended high school vocalists in San Diego County. The 2014 Call for Scores aims to provide students involved with the opportunity to premiere a new composition in tandem with the 20-voice professional choir SACRA/PROFANA. (For more information, please visit sacraprofana.org.) Deadline: May 1, 2014 - winners will be announced June 1, 2014. Fee: There is no fee to enter. Our Mission: To provide the high school students involved in the Sound/Project Summer Choral Intensive with the opportunity to premiere a new work. Eligibility: Compositions should use one of the following texts; (see attached page for full texts) “The Singers” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow “Refuge” by Sara Teasdale “I Dream a World” by Langston Hughes American composers of any age or institutional affiliation are eligible to submit scores. Compositions should not exceed ten minutes. Compositions should be scored for SATB Chorus (divisi optional) with or without piano accompaniment. Submission: Please e-mail kirsten@sacraprofana.org to receive and complete the application form. All required application materials (score/parts, application form) must be submitted via email to kirsten@sacraprofana.org. Multiple submissions must be submitted separately. Scores should be submitted in PDF file format. A composer bio or resume (attached to the application form) is encouraged, but not required. The selection committee will not see the bio until after the judging process is complete. Only complete applications/compositions will be considered for performance. On the score, please eliminate all identifying information, except for the title of work. Compositions will remain anonymous throughout the judging process. Submissions will be judged by SACRA/PROFANA artistic staff members for the Sound/Project Summer Choral Intensive 2014. Questions can be sent to kirsten@sacraprofana.org. Please refrain from including work titles in inquiries to preserve anonymity in the judging process. Prize: Winner (1): $250 cash prize and a featured premiere performance on Saturday, July 19th at the University of San Diego. The performing choir will consist of 50 (or more) of San Diego County’s most talented high school vocalists, as well as the 20-voice professional choir SACRA/PROFANA. Additional submissions may be considered for future SACRA/PROFANA performances. Winners will be notified via e-mail, and announced via SACRA/PROFANA’s webpage, Facebook page, and Twitter page. SACRA/PROFANA reserves the right to not select winners, but in doing so will forfeit the rights to perform submissions The Singers Henry Wadsworth Longfellow God sent his Singers upon earth With songs of sadness and of mirth, That they might touch the hearts of men, And bring them back to heaven again. The first, a youth, with soul of fire, Held in his hand a golden lyre; Through groves he wandered, and by streams, Playing the music of our dreams. The second, with a bearded face, Stood singing in the market-place, And stirred with accents deep and loud The hearts of all the listening crowd. A gray old man, the third and last, Sang in cathedrals dim and vast, While the majestic organ rolled Contrition from its mouths of gold. And those who heard the Singers three Disputed which the best might be; For still their music seemed to start Discordant echoes in each heart, But the great Master said, "I see No best in kind, but in degree; I gave a various gift to each, To charm, to strengthen, and to teach. "These are the three great chords of might, And he whose ear is tuned aright Will hear no discord in the three, But the most perfect harmony. Refuge Sara Teasdale From my spirit's gray defeat, From my pulse's flagging beat, From my hopes that turned to sand Sifting through my close-clenched hand, From my own fault's slavery, If I can sing, I still am free. For with my singing I can make A refuge for my spirit's sake, A house of shining words, to be My fragile immortality. I Dream a World Langston Hughes I dream a world where man No other man will scorn, Where love will bless the earth And peace its paths adorn I dream a world where all Will know sweet freedom's way, Where greed no longer saps the soul Nor avarice blights our day. A world I dream where black or white, Whatever race you be, Will share the bounties of the earth And every man is free, Where wretchedness will hang its head And joy, like a pearl, Attends the needs of all mankind- Of such I dream, my world!
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