Riemenschneider 50th Commission Contest

Submission deadline: June 1, 2019

The Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music Riemenschneider Bach Institute and Bach Festival are pleased to issue a "Call for Scores" for the Riemenschneider 50th Commission.

The Riemenschneider Bach Institute (RBI) is a renowned research center dedicated to J. S. Bach. The Institute houses rare items related to Bach and his circle, as well as historical reference materials, scores, and a collection of classic recordings. To commemorate its 50th anniversary in 2019–2020, the RBI seeks to commission a talented composer to write a new work for the 2020 Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival, April 24-26. In addition to a $3,000 (three-thousand US dollars) monetary prize, the composer will receive a premiere performance by BWV: Cleveland’s Bach Choir and an optional chamber ensemble of the composer’s choosing, all accommodations covered to attend rehearsals and the performance of their work, press/media coverage, and a platform for lectures about their music at the Conservatory.

1. SATB Chamber Choir (12 professional singers) and an optional ensemble of up to 4 instruments selected from the standard orchestra, piano, chamber organ, or harpsichord.
2. Duration: 8-10 min. in length.
3. The work must be inspired by Bach: the work may include musical quotes and should be linked creatively to Bach in some way.
4. Music must be completed and received by December 5, 2019.

There are no restrictions or preferences regarding style, nationality, age, gender, race, or religion of the composer. Since the award is a commission, anonymous submission is not necessary. The only limitations are:
1. Applicants must be US citizens.
2. Current employees of Baldwin Wallace University are not eligible to apply.

1. Two (2) Scores in PDF format, one of which must demonstrate the composer’s ability to write for choir.
2. Links to recordings of submitted works (YouTube, SoundCloud, etc.). MIDI is acceptable.
3. A brief (200 words max) description of the proposed Bach-inspired work.
4. One (1) current curriculum vitae that includes applicant’s current address, telephone number, email address, and proof of US citizenship.
5. Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2019.

All materials must be submitted via email: bachinst@bw.edu

The selection panel will include BW Bach Festival Music Director, Dirk Garner, and composers Clint Needham and Stephen Hartke.

Applicants will be notified of the results no later than July 1, 2019.

1 Jun 2019