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 2018-2019 Association of Concert Bands Young Composers Composition Contest
Summary:Concert Band Competition
Deadline: 15 June 2018
Date Posted: 23 August 2017
Details: This composition contest is intended for young composers who are writing music for concert band. There are over a thousand community bands in the United States and more across the globe who are performing concert band music. These ensembles play music from across the spectrum - show tunes, patriotic selections, marches, transcriptions, new works for band. These bands are looking for new music that fits a more traditional style of concert band literature that audiences will enjoy. Composers should keep this audience in mind for their submission to this contest.

• Composers under 30 years of age on submission deadline date.
• Composers must not be contractually obligated as an employee or under contract to any publisher or publishers.
ineligible: Current Members of the ACB Board and their family members

• A 3 - 5 minute duration piece of original composition for concert band at a grade level of roughly 4.
• Submissions must not have been previously published.
• Submissions must have been written within the past 18 months.
• Submissions must not have been previously performed in a public venue.
• Only one submission per composer will be accepted.
• Suggested Instrumentation:
o C Piccolo; 1st & 2nd Flute; Oboe; Bassoon;1st, 2nd, & 3rd Clarinet; Bass Clarinet; 1st & 2nd Alto Saxophone; Tenor Saxophone; Baritone Saxophone; 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Trumpet; 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Horn; 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Trombone; Euphonium (BC/TC); Tuba; Mallet Percussion; Timpani & Percussion (expanded) Optional: Eb Clarinet, 2nd Oboe, 2nd Bassoon, Contrabass Clarinet, Piano
o Special Considerations: Extensive cross-cueing (always on solos for Horn, Bassoon, Oboe, Bass Clarinet); composers are encouraged to use expanded percussion, particularly mallet and accessory instruments. Plan for maximum of five percussionists.

Submit via email to

• Cover Sheet with Composer's name, mailing address, email address, school affiliation (if current student), birth date, names of all files submitted (as a word document or PDF file).
• One PDF of the score labeled with the Title. Other identifying information must be removed.
• An .mp3 recording if available, MIDI files from the composing software are acceptable.
• Program notes. (separate from the score as a word document or PDF file)
• Naming conventions for files: TITLE_Initials_score.pdf TITLE_Initials_recording.mp3 (or .mid) TITLE_Initials_prognote.pdf (or .doc) For lengthy titles, truncate to the first 10 characters.
• If the composition is selected as the winner, a complete set of parts in PDF form is to be provided.
• Application fee of $25 by credit card ("buy now" below) or by check made out to the Association of Concert Bands with a copy of the cover sheet mailed to:

Association of Concert Bands
c/o Sarah McElfresh
905 4th Avenue Extension
Farmville, VA 23901

 2018 Female Band Composition Competition Information
Summary:Wind Band Competition
Deadline: 01 November 2017
Date Posted: 31 May 2017
Details: Call for Compositions
We are excited to announce the call for scores for the 2018 Female Band Composition Competition. We are looking for band works that are approximately Grade Three level. The aim is to support works that appeal to a wide array of abilities and tastes. Please see below for all of the details.

The Composition
1) Submissions must:
· be composed by someone who self-identifies as a female composer
· be an original, unpublished composition for band.
· be no more than 10 minutes in duration.
· be approximately a difficulty level of Grade 3 (based on the 1-6 grade level system).
· have been written within 5 years of the deadline.

2) Submissions will only be accepted electronically and must include a .pdf score, a recording (mp3, AAC, .wav, .aiff, etc.) and a completed entry form. While applicants are encouraged to send actual recordings, MIDI realizations will be accepted. PLEASE COMPRESS ALL AUDIO FILES SENT SO AS TO MINIMIZE FILE SIZE.
3) Scores must not include the composer’s name, in order to facilitate blind judging.

4) Composers may re-submit non-winning compositions from this or other competitions. However, once a work has been awarded a prize in any competition, it may not be submitted again.

5) Concertos or solos/ensembles with band accompaniments are not acceptable.

6) The maximum instrumentation is as follows:
· Flute (div. in a maximum of 2) + Piccolo*
· Clarinet (div. in a maximum of 3) + bass clarinet*
· Oboe* (2 parts)
· Saxophone: Alto (div. in a maximum of 2), Tenor, Baritone*
· Bassoon* (1 part)
· Trumpet (div. in a maximum of 3)
· Horn* (div. in a maximum of 2)
· Trombone (div. in a maximum of 3)
· Euphonium (1 part B.C. & transposed for T.C.)
· Tuba
· Double Bass
· Percussion in 4 parts (maximum 2 mallet instruments) + Timpani

* N.B.: Solos written for instruments marked (*) should be cross-cued in other instruments.

The Competition Rules
1) Shannon Shaker (ASU) will oversee the competition.
2) Submissions will be accepted from individuals who self-identify as female.
3) The deadline to submit is 5:00 pm MST on November 1st, 2017
4) The composer of the winning composition will receive a travel stipend of up to $1,000 to attend a rehearsal and the premiere of the piece.
5) All copyright, mechanical rights, and royalty rights remain with the composer.
6) The winner will be announced by email; notification will be sent to all applicants and panel membership, and results will be posted on the Kappa Kappa Psi - Beta Omicron website:
7) The decision of the jury will be final.
8) Members of the jury will receive a score and set of parts of the winning composition.
9) The piece will be premiered by Arizona State University's Concert Band, conducted by Shannon Shaker on Monday, April 23, 2018 at Gammage Auditorium in Tempe, AZ. It is the hope of the competition that the winning composer will be able to attend a rehearsal and this performance.

To ask questions about the competition, contact Shannon Shaker at:

The Sponsor
Kappa Kappa Psi, Beta Omicron is sponsoring this project. For information on how to be involved, including donating to the project, contact Aliyah Qualls at:
For all additional questions, please contact Shannon Shaker at:
Submission Guidelines
Complete the following google form to submit your entry
2) Email a .pdf of your score (name omitted) and audio file to Shannon Shaker at:
*The deadline to submit is 5:00 pm MST on November 1st, 2017

 7th Harerubeke International Composition Competition (International Composition Competition Harelbeke)
Summary:Wind Orchestra Competition
Deadline: 01 April 2018
Date Posted: 10 May 2017
Details: For the seventh time, the International Composition Competition Harelbeke will be organized in Harelbeke (Belgium). The aim of this competition is to encourage talented composers to integrate the achievements of contemporary music and current composition techniques into wind orchestra compositions.

Contemporary music, more specifically in the sector of music for wind and percussion instruments, deserves permanent backing. As town council, our aim is to motivate composers and performers and to provide a window onto the world. Building a musical bridge between international communities is essential for the future of mankind. This competition contributes to this goal.

A unique feature of this competition is that the works of the three finalists will be performed live by the wind orchestra Koninklijk Harmonieorkest Vooruit Harelbeke.

General provisions

1. The competition is open to composers of all ages and from all countries.

2. Each composer can enter only two works.

3. The duration of the work must be between 15 and 25 minutes (to be stated on the score).

4. The submitted works must be original in every respect: only unpublished works that have never been performed in public nor broadcast on radio or television and that have never won a prize at any national or international competition will be accepted. Adaptations of existing compositions or rearrangements or re-orchestrations of known tunes or folk songs will be rejected.

5. Only music compositions for wind orchestra will be accepted. Works for brass band or chamber music groups will not be accepted.

6. Compositions using electronics will not be accepted.

7. As the three shortlisted compositions will be performed live during the final, the orchestration of the work must not exceed the following instrumentation:

Piccolo; Flute 1&2; Oboe 1&2; English horn; Clarinet Eb; Clarinet Bb 1,2&3; Bass Clarinet Bb; Contra-Alto Clarinet Eb; Contrabass Clarinet Bb;

Soprano Saxophone; Alto Saxophone 1&2; Tenor Saxophone; Baritone Saxophone; Bassoon 1&2; Contrabassoon;

Cornet Bb 1&2; Trumpet Bb 1,2&3; French Horn F 1&2, 3&4; Tenor Trombone 1&2; Bass Trombone; Euphonium Bb; Tuba C;

Double bass;

Timpani; Percussion (max. 6 parts);

Piano; Harp

The works will be performed by an orchestra from Harelbeke with this instrumentation.

8. The score must bear a title and a pseudonym instead of the composer’s name. The submitted score must be accompanied by a scanned application form and a signed declaration of authenticity. The application form can be downloaded from the competition’s website:

9. The name of the composer must not appear anywhere on the score. Nor may the score contain any details that might lead to the identification of the composer.

10. The score should meet the following requirements: (1) realized in digital format (music notation software) and (2) submitted in PDF-format by uploading it onto the website

11. The composer must also include a short written preface to explain the work. If the composer has used an alternative music notation system, it must also be explained.

12. The jury reserves the right not to award all three prizes if the desired level is not reached.

13. The organization will preserve two copies of the score: (1) to be kept in the archive of the competition in Harelbeke, (2) to be kept in the music library of MATRIX in Leuven (

14. The jury will announce the finalists on Monday 16 April 2018.

15. The finalists will be asked to attend a rehearsal with the orchestra on the day before the final. This rehearsal will take place in the presence of the jury members. Each finalist will have one hour to work with the orchestra. Travel expenses will be reimbursed by the organization. Hotel and subsistence expenses however must be borne by the composer.

16. If a prize-winning composer decides to have his work published by a music score publisher, the score must carry the words: with this work the composer was a finalist at the 6th International Composition Competition Harelbeke (Belgium).

17. If one of the finalists is disqualified, another candidate will be selected to take his or her place.

18. The jury’s decisions are final.

19. Entries submitted after the deadline will not be accepted

20. By entering the competition the candidate accepts the competition rules.

Entry to the competition
1. The competition is open to composers of all ages and from all countries. Each composer can enter only two works.

2. All inscriptions are done using the website

3. The submitted score must be accompanied by a scanned application form and a signed declaration of authenticity. The application form can be downloaded from the competition’s website:


 Hillcrest Wind Ensemble 2017/18 Call for Scores
Summary:Wind Ensemble Call
Deadline: 06 November 2017
Date Posted: 22 February 2017
Details: Eligibility
This composition competition is open to all North American composers. Members of the HWE and their families are not eligible. All entries must meet the guidelines below to be considered.

What we’re looking for:
1) Style/Subject Matter: All styles of music will be considered. All compositions must be original works for wind ensemble (composer’s transcriptions are okay) and NOT have been previously published or performed in order to be performed as a World Premiere Performance. (No self-published works will be accepted – publish your work after the contest.)

2) Wind Ensemble: score for standard wind ensemble. We have the following instruments:
6 Flutes (up to 3 piccs), 2 Oboes, 2 Bassoons, 1 Eb Clar, 6 Bb Clar, 1 Bass Clar, 1 Alto Clar or Contra Alto Clar, 2 Alto Sax, 1 Tenor Sax, 1 Bari Sax, 5 Cornets/Trumpets, 4 Horns, 3 Trombones, 2 Euph/Baritones, 2 Tubas, 1 String Bass, 1 Timpani, 1 Mallet, 2 Percussion
Do NOT include English horn, soprano sax, harp, piano, etc. We don’t have those instruments.
We have limited technology for electronics. If your composition includes electronics it should be easily accessible. Vocals are permissible for up to 4 singers, SATB or solo voice.

3) Duration: Preference is given to works between 4 and 10 minutes in length.

4) Entry Fee(s): The entry fee is $20 for each submission. If submitting pieces via E-mail, then checks should be mailed under separate cover to the address below.

5) Difficulty: Pieces should be for medium to advanced players. Grade 3 to 5.

6) If in the opinion of the judges no entry is deemed worthy of the prize, none shall be awarded.

Deadline for submissions: November 6, 2017 (postmarked or E-mail by 11:59pm).
The winning entries will be notified in December 2017. Parts needed by January 10, 2018.

There will be two cash awards: 1st place of $500.00 and 2nd place of$250.00. Winning pieces will be performed at the HWE Spring Concert in 2018.

What to submit
1) Score: professional quality score which is bound or a PDF file E-mailed.

2) Composer information: Information sheet with your name, address, telephone number and E-mail.

3) Recording: Live or MIDI sound file is okay. Recordings must be WAV or MP3 format. If we can’t listen to it, we won’t consider it. CDs should be labeled. E-mailed files should be MP3, 6MB max.

4) Entry fee(s): a non-refundable application fee of $20.00 in the form of a check must be included with each submission. All checks must be made payable to "The Center - HWE", with “HWE Composition” noted in the memo. US funds only. Entry fees are tax deductible.

Email PDF score and MP3 file (no larger than 6mb) to
Entry fee can be mailed separately, but must be postmarked no later than November 6, 2017.

You may alternatively mail hardcopies and recording (WAV or MP3 file) to:

Hillcrest Wind Ensemble
PO Box 3606
Chula Vista, CA 91909

For questions E-mail: