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 40th Anniversary Composition Competition
Summary:Organ competition
Deadline: 01 April 2018
Date Posted: 25 January 2018
Details: In celebration of 40 years of bringing excellence in organ performance to the Pittsburgh community, the OAS is soliciting new, unpublished works for organ, to be premiered by Nathan Laube during the 2018-2019 season, and published by Selah Publishing Co., Inc.

An award of $5,000 will be given to the winning composition. Works may be single or multi-movement, and should be suitable for worship and recital.

All compositions must be received by April 1, 2018, and a winner will be announced by June 15, 2018.

Please email a completed application form and submissions to 2018-competition@organseries.com
Web Site:www.organseries.com/40th-anniv...

 USA International Harp Competition
Summary:Harp Music Competition
Deadline: 15 October 2018
Date Posted: 11 January 2018
Details: The USA International Harp Competition was founded in 1989 by world-renowned harpist and teacher Susann McDonald. The triennial Competition is hosted by the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana. It is considered to be one of the most prestigious competitions in the world.

As part of its mission to promote harp and harp music, the USA International Harp Competition sponsors a Composition Contest that occurs every three years, prior to the performance Competition. Composers are invited to submit new works for solo harp. A distinguished panel of harpists plus one composer select the winning composition.

A $2,000 USD prize is awarded to the winner and the new work becomes part of the 3rd Stage required repertoire for the upcoming performance competition. The work is also performed by the Competition’s First Prize winner on their debut concerts. It is published by Lyon & Healy and made available for purchase on their website, www.harp.com.

Solo harp composition contestants have included composers from Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Cyprus, Denmark, England, Estonia, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, USA and Wales.

Check our Rules & Procedures page for information about writing and submitting a composition for the 2018 Contest!

6th Composition Contest - Rules & Procedures
1. The work for solo harp must be unpublished, un-awarded and not have been recorded for commercial distribution.
2. Though the composition is for solo harp, other instruments may be included if played by the harpist.
3. The work must be between six and eight minutes in duration.
4. The contest is open to composers of all nationalities.
5. Previous winners are not eligible.
6. A distinguished panel of harpists including one composer, chaired by Dr. Ruth K. Inglefield, will select the winning composition. The decisions of the jury are final.
7. Important Deadlines:
o October 15, 2018:
• Online application form (to be available on www.usaihc.org in January 2018)
• One PDF of anonymous 8.5” x 11” score sent as an attachment to an email addressed to USAHARPCC@gmail.com. Please include the TITLE ONLY on the attachment; however, include both the title and the composer's name in the body of the email message. The score should not show the name of the composer anywhere. Please note that the jury will refer to scores by title only. Program notes are acceptable, as long as they do not include clues to the identity of the composer and are included in the same PDF as the score, not sent separately. The PDF should be "camera-ready" – meaning publishable quality. Immediately after the announcement of the winning composition, the winner will be asked to send an identical PDF with the composer's name added. This PDF will be used for printing by the publisher.
o November 15, 2018:
• MP3 recording of submitted work played by a harpist sent as an attachment to an email to USAHARPCC@gmail.com Please include the TITLE ONLY on the attachment; however, include the title, the composer's name, and the name of the recorded harpist in the body of the email message. The MP3 file should not show the name of the composer or harpist anywhere. Digital or Midi recordings will NOT be accepted. Scores submitted without a recording will NOT be considered.
o December 15, 2018:
• Winning composition announced on www.usaihc.org.
8. Submissions which are incomplete or do not follow the exact guidelines and parameters described here will be disqualified.
9. Prizes for Winning Composition Include:
o $2,000 USD
o Inclusion in 11th USA International Harp Competition's Stage 3 required repertoire – performances by all semi-finalists in 2019 Competition.
o Performance by 2019 Gold Medalist at debut concerts.
o Score published by Lyon & Healy Publications.
10. Questions? Please check the Frequently Asked Questions section first. Questions not answered there should be addressed to Dr. Ruth K. Inglefield, USAIHC Composition Contest Chair: rkinglefield@gmail.com.
11. Recommended resource for information on notation, effects, etc: Writing for the Pedal Harp by Ruth K. Inglefield and Lou Anne Neill, second edition published by Vanderbilt Music (www.vanderbiltmusic.com).
o Note: Royalties go to the USAIHC to support the competition.


Web Site:usaihc.org/2018-composition-co...

 District of Columbia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
Summary:Organ Solo Composition Competition
Deadline: 30 June 2018
Date Posted: 04 January 2018
Details: Composition Competition

The District of Columbia Chapter of the American Guild of organists is pleased to announce a Competition for a Commissioned Composition for Organ Solo to be premiered at the 2019 Pipes Spectacular Concert

ELEGIBILITY:
Open to all composers. There are no age restrictions.

VISION & MISSION:
Two-fold: To raise awareness of the organ among composers and students of composition; and to sponsor new music.

THEME: It is not mandatory, but you may be inspired by the geography, or historic and cultural legacies of Washington, DC, the nation’s capital.

GUIDELINES & RULES:
One or more movements or sections, for organ solo, with an overall length of no more than 15’.

Score must be legibly handwritten or set with notation software. Submissions may not be previously published and the District of Columbia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists reserves the right to publish any or all submissions individually or collected in a forthcoming compilation.

JUDGING & PRIZES:
First prize: $5,000 and concert performance by a leading artist.
Second prize: $1,000.
Third prize: $750.
The committee retains the option not to award a first prize if no submissions are considered suitable for inclusion on the 2019 Pipes Spectacular concert.

DEADLINE: June 30, 2018

CONTACT: Kathleen Cooper DCAGOCHAPTER@gmail.com with “ATTN: Commissioning Competition” in the subject field.

Visit the Chapter homepage at DCAGO.org for information and submission guidelines.
Web Site:www.dcago.org
Email:DCAGOCHAPTER@gmail.com