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Toronto Chinese Orchestra 2018 Composition Competition

 Toronto Chinese Orchestra 2018 Composition Competition
Summary:Opportunity for Canadian Composers
Deadline: 15 July 2017
Date Posted: 04 April 2017
Details: Background
The Toronto Chinese Orchestra (TCO) is proud to announce a composition competition. This competition seeks to connect emerging Canadian composers with Chinese orchestral music in order to produce a new composition. Winning composer(s) will have their work premiered during the TCO’s 2017|2018 concert season, at their 25th Anniversary Gala Concert in June 2018.

Eligibility
The competition is open to emerging Canadian composers (citizens or permanent residents). There are no age restrictions. Jurists, TCO artistic leadership, and TCO board of directors are ineligible to apply.

Application Process
Applicants to submit, by July 15, 2017:

A completed application form (PDF)
A curriculum vitae detailing compositional background and, if applicable, compositions that have been performed, recorded, or published;
PDF of a compositional excerpt, between 2 to 3 minutes long, demonstrating proposed compositional ideas. The excerpt should be written for an ensemble of 7 musicians consisting of all the following instruments: dizi (笛子), pipa (琵琶), zhongruan (中阮), gaohu, (高胡), erhu (二胡), cello, and bass. Please make sure that there are no personally identifying features on the score (e.g., name). Composers seeking information regarding score layout, ranges, notation, and techniques for these instruments can consult the Resources section of this page.

An accompanying recording of the excerpt as MP3, if applicable. MIDI is acceptable.

A jury comprised of TCO artistic leadership and international guests will judge the applicants based on their excerpt. The adjudication will be done blind: a number will be assigned to each application package, and jurists will not have access to applicants’ identifying features until after decisions have been made. Jury decisions are final.

Winner(s) will be announced by September 15, 2017, and will be commissioned to write a work of approximately 10 minutes for the TCO. The final composition will likely be based on the excerpt, although this is not absolute. The TCO will also work with winner(s) to write a commissioning grant, and will provide coaching from the jury throughout the compositional process. Scores and parts should be ready by March 1, 2018.

Commissioned pieces will be premiered at the TCO’s annual concert in June 2018.

Winner(s) will receive:

An archival recording of the performance
An honorarium of $200 (more depending on outcome of commissioning grant)
Submission
Completed application packages should be sent electronically to rng@TorontoChineseOrchestra.com. Please include any audio/video as links to streaming sites (e.g., YouTube).
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