National Saxophone Quartet Composition Competition

Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet Composition Competition 2019

In furtherance of developing the repertoire for the modern saxophone quartet and showcasing the great work of today’s young composers, we are pleased to announce the 6th DSQ Quartet Composition Competition!


1st Prize - Two first prize winners will receive $500 each, have their piece premiered by DSQ, and receive audio and video recordings of the work.

Runner-Up - Up to 7 runners-up will have their pieces premiered by DSQ and receive audio and video recordings of their piece.

Eligibility/Further Information:
- All composers must be currently registered students, of any degree level from Bachelors through Doctorate,
in a music program in the United States as of January 2019.
- Previous first-prize winners of this competition are not eligible, all other composers are welcome.
- There is no application fee.
- Previously premiered pieces are welcome, provided that if selected, the composer allows DSQ to be
listed as a co-premiering ensemble with the work’s previous performers.
- New arrangements/transcriptions of your own previous works are welcome provided they have not been
performed in a premiere performance setting in that version before.
- Pieces must be at least 3 minutes in length. The suggested maximum length is 8 minutes, works that are
longer than this will be considered equally, though if selected, may not be performed in their entirety due
to program length restrictions. Individual movement(s) of a larger work are welcome provided that they
meet the criteria listed above.
- Instrumentation for the submitted work should be SATB saxophone quartet.
- All composers are encouraged to view our recordings to become acquainted with various technical
possibilities for the ensemble. Any composer with specific questions regarding technique, extended
techniques, or instrument specific notation used in composing for saxophone quartet is encouraged to
contact Dan Graser -
- Pieces must be submitted, score and parts, in PDF format to by March 1st,
2019. Included with your piece please include a brief bio and resume detailing your current enrollment in a
collegiate music program in the United States.
- MIDI audio files of submissions are encouraged but not required.

2 Mar 2019