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  1. I was wondering if you would be willing to submit a review about Music Jotter on its Facebook product page?

    Facebook Product Page

    If you have Windows, you can install directly if you wish by downloading the demo:

    Music Jotter Demo

    If you do not wish to install the software, you can review the fully activated product on a remote desktop instance.  If you are on a Mac, you can download Microsoft Remote Desktop and connect to a virtual machine.  Or if you are on Windows, you can  Download the Music Jotter Instance here.

    Here is the information on how to connect to the remote desktop:

    • Computer: ec2-52-23-208-189.compute-1.amazonaws.com
    • Username: Administrator
    • Password: nR&8C4TSHz)vAZDjRUjZ3hlfo=ywlPtk

    Now, why am I asking for Facebook reviews?  I've been offered opportunities to speak with several investors about funding for Music Jotter.  However, I will need more proof that this product had been tried and tested.  While I have received so much feedback in the form of PM's and emails, proper validated reviews on Facebook are going to help me with the mission.  The short term mission will be to create a software product that will better unite composers to help them publish music into a single repository.  This means, creating music with Music Jotter will encourage a collaborative effort, and automatically submit pieces for publication.  The long term mission is more ambitious and can only be achieved if we get funding.  But it would be to select works for publication to be performed at various concerts.  But one step at a time...

    Music Jotter short term will be a product that I would rewrite from scratch for iOS and MacOS, ideally with a lean engineering team (1 to 2 people, plus me).  The product has to be platform independent.  A monthly subscription would in theory allow you to compose from your iPhone, but also at your Windows PC if you have one.  Or perhaps, you own a Mac.  I believe a platform like this can enable smarter reviews, but also a much better way to publish music naturally.  This is what can happen, because if I do get an investment for Music Jotter, part of this investment will go towards Young Composers.

    And that is why for the short term, I am looking for honest reviews.  I need everything, the good things, the bad things, what you wish it had, what you love about it, what you hate about it.  Thank you for your time, and if you have any questions, please PM me directly and I will be glad to speak with you about this effort.



  2. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Allianz Musical Insurance launch search for Young Composer-in-Association

    UK based composers aged 18 to 30 are invited to apply for BSO Resound’s Young Composer-in-Association, supported by Allianz Musical Insurance. This position will offer one young composer the opportunity to develop their compositional technique and experience in a year long association with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s world-renowned disabled-led ensemble, BSO Resound.

    To Apply
    Please provide the following to Alison Holmes at composers at bsorchestra.co.uk
    • A CV and cover letter detailing why you are interested in this position (approx. 300 words)
    • Example of pieces of compositional work – Digital Scores / Recordings / Audio Exports

    You can read more about Lucy’s experience as BSO Resound’s Young Conductor-in-Association.

  3. The Grammy-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus is seeking submissions for our 2018-19 Men’s Ensemble Composer Competition, and thanks to a generous donation from an anonymous funder, there is a cash prize of $500, which will be awarded to the composer of the winning composition. There is no entry fee for submissions.

    Please review the complete competition guidelines below: 


    Entries should be:

    • suitable for young men ages 12-18
    • written for 3-part or 2-part Men’s Choir (TBB, TTB, or TB); click here for detailed notes for composers
    • a capella, or with piano accompaniment
    • three to eight minutes in length
    • original and with no prior public performance (public performance is defined in the U.S. copyright law to include any music played outside a normal circle of friends and family)

    Competition Website

    Info: Brooklyn NY Youth Chorus

    Register: Submission Form

  4. Hi All,

    I am looking for a few testers who will help me find issues with Music Jotter.  For those of you who don't know, Music Jotter is a music notation software created by Young Composers.  Testing is easy.  Just use the software like you would any software!  And as issues arise, just let me know so I can address them right away.  Issues may include bugs, or user interface problems (in case something doesn't make sense or is not clear)

    Please note that this product is for Windows only.  If anyone here is interested, I am eagerly awaiting your responses!


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  5. Please see the below competition:


    I am commissioning committee chair of the MetWinds/Metropolitan Wind Symphony, a by-audition concert band based in Boston, MA, and we are once again running a student composer competition which will culminate in a commission being granted to the winner, a commission fee paid to the winner, and our premiering the piece the composer will write.  The rules for the competition, for which there is no entry fee, are at:

    2018 North American Student Composer Competition


  6. I decided that I should publish this portion of our magazine right here in the Composer's Headquarters for easy access.  This article was written by @luderart and he and @Maarten Bauer went through 236 pieces to choose the best in Orchestral and Large Ensemble Pieces.  It is important to note that these choices are indeed very subjective and the authors state that as well in this excerpt:


    What is a “great piece” of music? How do we evaluate music or even art in general as great? Is it the tradition? Or is it the defying of tradition? Is it the originality? Or is it conformity? Is it novelty? Is it the following of rules or the breaking of them? Is it imitation of past masters? Or is it charting new virgin territory? Is it the innate talent on display? Is it the skill demonstrated? Or is it the presence of a compelling musical message that is being conveyed? Or is it something innate that is simply recognized as great and that cannot admit of any process of identifying or measuring? Maybe it is all of the above in some measure.

    It is the best pieces in the Young Composers Forum, or examples of some of the best pieces, that we will be introducing in this column of Young Composers’ Magazine. We will post 2-4 pieces per issue and in different categories.

    The category of this first issue is “Orchestral and Large Ensemble Pieces”.

    There were 236 pieces when Maarten Bauer and I set out to attempt the difficult task of choosing the best among them. Of course, our subjective judgement was used in these choices. After M. Bauer chose the ten finalists, we each chose two as the ones we judged to be the best. Here are our four choices in no particular order, with the links of the pieces as well as the words of the composers describing them:

    Visions of a Renaissance: Tone Poem for Full Orchestra, by Chad E. Hughes (maestrowick)

    This piece is about my love for the city of Detroit.  The opening section is the fast past traffic on 1-75 and 1-96.  The slow adagio section is our sun setting upon our riverfront.  The recapitulation of the pizzicato is the masses returning back downtown to the evening festivals, theatre events, sports extravaganzas, and our illustrious Greektown in hopes that the economy of the city shall be revitalized.

    Emma Overture, Op. 31 (After the novel by Jane Austen), by Robert F. Beers (Austenite)

    Stylistically-wise, this “concert overture” remains fairly within the Romantic ballpark, although spiced up by the usage of some harmonic and rhythmic elements from other musical trends. Nevertheless, and despite the fact that Emma is widely considered to fit into the mold of a “romance novel”, I made a conscious decision to avoid a “love theme” altogether, instead choosing to depict the flowing relationships among the characters by layering their themes one above another, or by having one’s theme breaking into another’s.

    Concerto for Euphonium and String Orchestra, by Sojar Voglar

    This is one of rare examples in Slovenian literature for euphonium. It is neoclassical concerto with all neccessary features: sonata form, easy-to-follow motifs, transparent orchestration and, frank, even clear tonal centre G major. I was a bit inspired by Hindemith's "Gebrauchmusik" since there is not enough concertos for euphonium to venture into experimental world of art (which is, frequently, terrible for ears and mind as well).

    Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, by Sojar Voglar

    This is my first large scale concerto. It was created throughout 2001 and 2002. Observing it with my current mind and ear I am still happy with use of cello and its balance with orchestra but I am not so pleased with formal approach.


  7. Oh, and I forgot to mention, you started off with a solid introduction, peaceful, and almost sorrowful.  I believe a solid introduction is incredibly important and something composers miss the mark on at times.  If you can't draw someone in from the very beginning, you lose your audience's interest.

  8. A very simple piece and gets your point across.  As someone who used to be an avid piano composer, who loves romanticism, and loves the winter, I had to comment.  This is such an expressive piece and this expression really draws me in.  How did you get your composition to sound so rubato?

    I can really hear your talent for such expression.  I would personally love to see you expand on your ideas, you know how to portray emotion so well in such a short length, imagine what you could do with a piece of a greater scale.

  9. An app for something like this might be overkill, however I certainly would endorse it if someone took the initiative to create one.  I've tried a forum called "Find a Composer" but the forum never seemed to take off.  As @luderart said, if someone wants to create a thread in one of the forums, such as the Composers' Headquarters, feel free to do so.  And if that thread really takes off and is something popular, we can consider opening a new forum then.

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  10. There doesn't appear to be a way to search for attachments, interesting.  Although not ideal, an alternative is to use the advanced search to browse through posts by author in specific forums.  Here is a good link for you:


    Just replace the keywords in bold with your search phrase and member name and this should be equivalent to searching for user's attachments.  Just note that if you use the search form, there are more options.

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