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Graham Sommer Competition for Young Composers

 Graham Sommer Competition for Young Composers
Summary:Competition for Canadian Composers
Deadline: 30 September 2019
Date Posted: 27 August 2019
Details: Established in 2017, the Graham Sommer Competition for Young Composers (GSC) encourages the creation of new Canadian chamber music by up-and-coming composers. This national competition is administered by McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and takes place every two years.

The 2020 edition of the GSC is open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada who are under the age of 35 on the application deadline date. All submitted works must be 100% original.

The competition recognizes works for chamber music formations, including piano, that have the potential to engage a wide audience and become part of the standard repertoire. The jury is made up of international and Canadian composers, Canadian musicians, and seasoned chamber music concert goers. Five finalists will receive cash prizes ranging from $6,000 to $18,000 CAD and their works will be premiered in a concert at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University.

Key Dates:
Applications open: August 23, 2019
Application deadline: September 30, 2019
Finalists announced: December 3, 2019
Finalists submit commissioned works: June 30, 2020
Competition final round & gala concert: September 27, 2020

1st Prize: $18,000 CAD
2nd Prize $12,000 CAD
Honorary Mention (3) $6,000 CAD
Honorary Mention (4) $6,000 CAD
Honorary Mention (5) $6,000 CAD
People's Choice Award of $6,000 CAD

Application procedure
All official competition communications will be by email.
You must fill out the online application form and include:
Proof of age and Canadian citizenship or permanent residency status. The following are acceptable documents: birth certificate, passport, citizenship certificate, or permanent resident card.
An up-to-date curriculum vitae and a biography of 250-300 words.
Scores for three (3) original works (in PDF format), each from 3-15 minutes long, with accompanying program notes (in PDF format). Since the final round of competition will be a commission for piano trio (violin, cello, and piano), we strongly recommended that one of your three preliminary submissions be in chamber music formation for strings or strings with piano.
An audio OR video media file link for a minimum of one of your submitted works. Aim for the most professional standard possible. Before you send it, check that the link is working and can be read with any standard player. Links for Soundcloud (audio) and YouTube (video) are recommended.
The GSC reserves the right to dismiss submissions that do not meet these requirements prior to jury review.

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