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The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Composer Award

 The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Composer Award
Summary:Orchestral competition
Deadline: 01 August 2019
Date Posted: 12 June 2019
Details: The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation is pleased to announce a new commissioning program, the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Composer Award. The awardee will be granted $20,000 to write a new orchestral work to be premiered by the Bangor Symphony Orchestra in Maine during the 2020-2021 season. The inaugural jury is comprised of celebrated composers Nico Muhly and Gabriela Lena Frank, and Grammy Award-winning conductor David Alan Miller.

The vision of the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation is to encourage, expand and sustain the courageous and imaginative dialogue that is fundamental to the arts. The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation celebrates the value of art to transcend cultures and engage with diverse communities. Through its programs, the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation supports the exploration of the common ground that art occupies, the way it engages people, and its ability to reveal our shared human experience.


The competition is open to composers who currently live in the United States, ages 18 and over. Composers may be in any stage of their careers. Applicants who are or will be students enrolled in degree granting programs are ineligible.


$20,000 commission to write a new orchestral work, 15 to 20 minutes in length, to be premiered by the Bangor Symphony Orchestra during their ’20-’21 season. The new work must be delivered electronically by September 1, 2020.
Travel and lodging will be provided for the selected composer to attend the new work’s premiere, preceded by a week-long residency in Rockland and Bangor, Maine leading educational activities, attending rehearsals, and participating in public appearances. The composer will receive a recording of the new work.

During the creation of the new work, the composer will have access to the complete archives of artists Joan Beauregard and John David Ellis and the option to visit and stay at the Foundation headquarters in Rockland, ME.


Application Deadline: August 1, 2019. There is no application fee. Visit to apply.
Application must be completed via Submittable and includes:
A musical CV/resume or bio.
Two representative scores (PDF) and corresponding recordings (mp3 files or links). At least one of the two works should show the applicant’s ability to write for orchestra.