The Theory and Composition Area is inviting all undergraduate and graduate music majors and music minors to participate in this composition competition. There are three categories of students that will be judged separately: (1) undergraduate composition majors, (2) undergraduate non-composition majors, and (3) graduate students. All undergraduate music students who have taken composition lessons as part of their studies are considered “composition majors” for this competition, whether or not this is indeed their current major. Undergraduate students who have never taken composition lessons as part of their studies fall into the second category. The third category includes all graduate students whether or not composition is their current major or whether or not they have taken com-position lessons.
Only NEW compositions will be considered, i.e., compositions that are newly composed and that have never been performed. Any submitted composition may be selected for its world premiere performance at the “Student Composition Competition Concert” on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at 4:00pm in the Recital Hall.
Compositions may be for a solo instrument or voice(s) or a chamber ensemble. However, pieces for large ensembles cannot be accommodated.
Pieces for tape or computer and any instrument(s) or voice(s) may also be submitted.
Every effort will be made to provide performers if necessary, but students who provide their own performers will ensure their piece can be programmed. Any style and any compositional technique are acceptable. Compositions may be between 3 and 13 minutes in length. Each student may submit only one composition.
During the semester, all students working on a composition for this competition are encouraged to contact Dr. Ditto (firstname.lastname@example.org) to set up rehearsal times with an ensemble, so student composers can get immediate feedback from the musicians.
Students should submit:
- five (5) copies of the score; all copies of the score should contain the title of the compo-sition, but should NOT contain the name of the student composer. Scores must be printed double-sided and bound.
- one (1) set of parts if you are not providing your own performers
- OPTIONAL: one (1) copy of a CD with an audio file (mp3) of the composition (cre-ated, for instance, via notation software). Be sure your name and the name of the piece are on the CD.
- one (1) CD with program notes and a brief bio (MSWord) (can be on the same CD as the mp3)
- a signed composition competition Submission Cover Sheet (attached)
Drop all materials off at Dr. Ditto’s office, Room 114, Music Building. Materials will not be returned. Students will be notified if their submissions are selected. All compositions will be judged by a panel of external judges.
Submission Deadline: Friday, January 17, 2014
First Prize in each Category: $100 and a certificate