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 Hillcrest Wind Ensemble
Summary:International Composition Contest with Two Divisions
Deadline: 05 November 2018
Date Posted: 15 March 2018
Details: Hillcrest Wind Ensemble’s
Call for Scores Rules

1. All styles of music will be considered. All compositions must be original works for wind ensemble (composer’s transcriptions are okay) and have NOT been previously published or performed. The Hillcrest Wind Ensemble’s (HWE) performance of the piece will be the “World Premiere Performance”. (No self-published works will be accepted - publish your work after our performance of the piece in April of 2019).
2. Entrants: The Call for Scores contest is open to any age, nationality, or experience level. NO members or family members of the HWE may enter.
3. Judges: The judges evaluating your work are music professionals including performance majors, music educators, composers, and arrangers.
4. Scoring is to be for our Wind Ensemble:
- 6 Flutes (up to 3 piccolos)
- 2 Oboes
- 2 Bassoons
- 1 Eb clarinet
- 6 Bb clarinets
- 1 Eb Alto or Eb Contralto Clarinet
- 1 Bass Clarinet
- 2 Alto Saxophones
- 1 Tenor Saxophone
- 1 Baritone Saxophone
- 5 Cornets/Trumpets
- 4 French Horns
- 3 Trombones
- 2 Euphoniums/Baritones
- 2 Tubas
- 1 String Bass
- 1 Timpani
- 1 Mallet percussionist
- 3 percussionists
Do NOT include English Horn, Soprano Sax, Harp, etc. They are NOT available.
We have limited technology for electronics. If you include electronics, it should be easily accessible.
Vocals are permissible from solo voice up to 4 part SATB.
Entries not meeting the instrumentation detailed above will NOT be considered.
5. Duration: Preference is given to works between 4-10 minutes (shorter and longer pieces have won in the past; this is just a preference).
6. Entry Fee(s): The entry fee to the Call for Scores is $20 USD per submission. All entry fees will be submitted through The San Diego LGBT Community Center’s (The Center) donation portal. Click here to pay your fee electronically. (IMPORTANT: On The Center’s donation page, please select “Hillcrest Wind Ensemble” in the “Program” pull down menu in the “Donor Information” section to ensure that your entry fee is credited to the ensemble.) Your entry fee is tax deductible. Submit the “Tracking Code” from The Center’s Emailed receipt with your score and composer information sheet (detailed below).
7. Difficulty: Pieces should be for medium to advanced players - Grade 3 to 5.
8. Suitability: If, in the opinion of the judges, no entry is deemed worthy of a prize, none shall be awarded.
9. Deadline for submissions: End of day, November 5th, 2018
10. Notification: The winning entries will be announced in December of 2018. Winning entrants are expected to be available for questions and cooperative with the Ensemble’s artistic director through the rehearsal season up to the performance of the piece in our Spring 2019 concert (late March or April).
11. Parts for the winning entries will be needed by January 4th, 2019.
12. Performance Rights: By entering the contest, the winners acknowledge and grant a non-exclusive perpetual license to HWE to perform and record all or a portion of their work created for the HWE Composition Contest. Winning compositions will remain in the HWE music library for future performance beyond the premiere concert date. Recordings, either audio or video, may be placed on YouTube and other social media accounts. The winners retain their copyright of the piece and may publish the piece any time after the HWE world premiere performance date.


Awards: There will be two cash awards: 1st place of $500 and 2nd place of$250. Winning pieces will be performed at the HWE Spring Concert in 2019.


What to Submit: (Only electronic submissions will be accepted)
A. Score: A PDF of the score formatted for 8.5” x 14” printing. No handwritten scores or parts will be accepted. Judging will be anonymous. Do NOT put your name on the score.
B. Composer Information: We require all of the following information:
1) Composer Name
2) Complete Mailing Address
3) Telephone Number
4) Email address
C. Recording: Live (non-concert performance) or MIDI sound file is okay. Recordings must be MP3 format, up to 6MB only.
D. Entry Fee: The entry fee is $20 USD per submission. All entry fees will be submitted through The San Diego LGBT Community Center’s (The Center) donation portal. Submit the “Tracking Code” in Email with composer information, score, and recording. Click here to pay your fee electronically. (IMPORTANT: On The Center’s donation page, please select “Hillcrest Wind Ensemble” in the “Program” pull down menu in the “Donor Information” section to ensure that your entry fee is credited to the ensemble.)

All Submissions and Communications regarding the contest will be sent to the Composition Contest Coordinator here: HWE.Contest@gmail.com

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Prospectus- 2018 Composition Contest - Youth Division
Hillcrest Wind Ensemble’s
Quest for Fresh Music Rules
(Ages 12-18, Middle/Junior and High School)

1. All styles of music will be considered. All compositions must be original works for wind ensemble (composer’s transcriptions are okay) and have NOT been previously published or performed. The Hillcrest Wind Ensemble’s (HWE) performance of the piece will be the “World Premiere Performance”. (No self-published works will be accepted - publish your work after our performance of the piece, in April of 2019).
2. Entrants: The Quest for Fresh Music will be residents of the United States, aged 12-18, and in Middle/Junior or High School in 2018. NO members or family members of the HWE may enter.
3. All entrants MUST submit a short “Letter of Recommendation” from their music teacher or private instructor.
4. Judges: The judges evaluating your work are music professionals including performance majors, music educators, composers, and arrangers.
5. Scoring is to be for our Wind Ensemble:
- 6 Flutes (up to 3 piccolos)
- 2 Oboes
- 2 Bassoons
- 1 Eb clarinet
- 6 Bb clarinets
- 1 Eb Alto or Eb Contralto Clarinet
- 1 Bass Clarinet
- 2 Alto Saxophones
- 1 Tenor Saxophone
- 1 Baritone Saxophone
- 5 Cornets/Trumpets
- 4 French Horns
- 3 Trombones
- 2 Euphoniums/Baritones
- 2 Tubas
- 1 String Bass
- 1 Timpani
- 1 Mallet percussionist
- 3 percussionists
Do NOT include English Horn, Soprano Sax, Harp, etc. They are NOT available.
We have limited technology for electronics. If you include electronics, it should be easily accessible.
No vocals or narration are allowed.
Entries not meeting the instrumentation detailed above will NOT be considered.
6. Duration: Preference is given to works between 3-5 minutes.
7. Entry Fee: There is NO entry fee for submission to the Quest for Fresh Music contest. Only 1 entry is permitted per contestant.
8. Difficulty: Pieces should be for medium easy to advanced players - Grade 2 or higher.
9. Suitability: If, in the opinion of the judges, no entry is deemed worthy of a prize, none shall be awarded.
10. Deadline for submissions: By end of day November 5th, 2018
11. Notification: The winning entries will be announced in December of 2018. Winning entrants are expected to be available for questions and cooperative with the Ensemble’s artistic director through the rehearsal season up to the performance of the piece in our Spring 2019 concert (late March or April).
12. Parts for the winning entries will be needed by January 4th, 2019.
13. Performance Rights: By entering the contest, the winners acknowledge and grant a non-exclusive perpetual license to HWE to perform and record all or a portion of their work created for the HWE Composition Contest. Winning compositions will remain in the HWE music library for future performance beyond the premiere concert date. Recordings, either audio or video, may be placed on YouTube and other social media accounts. The winners retain their copyright of the piece and may publish the piece any time after the HWE world premiere performance date.


Awards: Up to three selected winners will receive a letter of congratulations and certificate of achievement. No monetary award is offered.


What to Submit: (Only electronic submissions will be accepted)
A. Score: A PDF of the score formatted for 8.5” x 14” printing. No handwritten scores or parts will be accepted. Judging will be anonymous. Do NOT put your name on the score.
B. Composer Information, we require the following:
1) Composer Name and Parent/Guardian Name
2) Complete Mailing Address
3) Telephone Number - Composer and Parent/Guardian
4) Email address - Composer and Parent/Guardian
C. Recording: Live (non-concert performance) or MIDI sound file is okay. Recordings must be MP3 format, up to 6MB only.
D. Signed Letter of Recommendation: scan and submit in PDF format.


All Submissions and Communications regarding the contest will be sent to the Composition Contest Coordinator here: HWE.Contest@gmail.com
Web Site:www.hillcrestwindensemble.com/...

 2018 North American Student Composer Competition
Summary:Wind Band Competition
Deadline: 15 December 2018
Date Posted: 08 March 2018
Details: 1. Overview
The Metropolitan Wind Symphony, also known as MetWinds, is announcing its third North American Student Composer Competition. The goals of this Competition are to stimulate student composers to write new, high-quality music for the wind band, and motivate highly talented student composers to persist in building a career in composition by rewarding them with recognition, commission, and performance.

1.1. Rules for Entries
To be eligible to compete, the entrant must be a music school, high school or college student in North America at the time of the submission. "College" will be interpreted to mean junior college, four year college, conservatory, or graduate school.

Students must submit a short biography/resume, and a score and recording of a single work, written for any combination of instruments and/or voices, up to fifteen minutes in length, on compact disk or in a computer file which can be emailed to us at rap@alum.mit.edu. If longer pieces are submitted, only the first fifteen minutes will be evaluated. Recordings may be either live performances or computer-generated. If they are playable on a Windows personal computer, they are acceptable. Submissions will be returned at the end of their evaluation if accompanied by a stamped self-addressed envelope.

1.2. Submission Information
The deadline for submission will be Dec. 15, 2018. Receipt of the submission will be acknowledged by email if an email address is provided. Submissions will be evaluated by the MetWinds commissioning committee, with final determination of the winner to be made by the Artistic Director. Announcement of the winner will be made by April 1, 2019. The winner of the competition will be awarded a $1,000 commission, to write a new four to eight minute work for full concert band, with instrumentation and approximate grade level to be specified by MetWinds.

1.3. Premiere, Award, and Publication Details
The work is expected to be premiered by the MetWinds in November 2020 or thereafter, hopefully with the composer in attendance at the dress rehearsal and premiere. The intention is for this commissioned piece and its premiere to help celebrate the 50th season of MetWinds, September 2020- July 2021. Transportation, meals, and lodging will be provided for the composer. The winning composer will provide three scores and one set of parts to MetWinds. $300 of the commissioning fee will be due the composer at the time of the award being made and the remaining $700 will be paid upon delivery of the score and parts to MetWinds. The composer will grant MetWinds the right to premiere the work but will retain ownership of the work.

1.4. EntrySubmission

Email entries to Bobby Piankian, rap@alum.mit.edu or Mail entries to:

MetWinds Student Composer Competition c/o Bob Piankian
9 Surrey Road
Newton, MA 02458

Questions? Email Bobby Piankian at rap@alum.mit.edu
Web Site:www.mws-boston.org