The 3rd Asia Pacific Saxophone Composition Competition: Adolphe Sax Prize

The Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy (APSA) has launched its Asia Pacific Saxophone Composition Competition since 2016 to provide a platform for composers to create quality works for the world of the saxophone. We are delighted to announce that the 3rd Asia Pacific Saxophone Composition Competition which will be held in 2019 with a particular focus on writing for solo saxophone with piano. In this third edition, we are proudly to present the first place of the competition as the Adolphe Sax Prize.

Five finalist works will be selected for the final round composition by our international panel in which they will be performed by the member(s) of the Amigo Saxophone Quartet during the Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy in July 2019. The winning work(s) may receive a score publication opportunity by a contemporary music publisher and may be programmed as one of the set pieces of theAsia Pacific Saxophone Competition in 2021 (subject to the decision of the organisation).

There is only one category for the competition: ALTO SAXOPHONE

-The composition has to be written foralto saxophone and piano
-The submitted composition should be written in a suitable challenging level for an emergent saxophonist (i.e. Bachelor degree level)
-Inside piano playing is NOT allowed
-Electronics and/or tape is NOT permitted in this submission
-Duration of the work: 6-8 minutes

Two rounds of the composition will include the below events:

-First round and Final round of the competition
-Five finalists will be chosen by the international jury panel
-The deadline for submission is at 5 pm (Thailand Time GMT+7) on15thApril 2019 (Friday).
-The result of the finalists will be announced by 30th May 2019.
-The works of the finalists will be performed by Mr. Joshua Hyde of Amigo Saxophone Quartet during the Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy (24th to 28th July 2019)
-More information about Mr. Joshua Hyde can be accessed in his website
-The result of the final round will be announced and awarded on 28th July 2019 at the closing gala concert of APSA.

1)The competition is open to composers of all nationalities and ages.
2)The submitted composition may have been performed, but have not been awarded a prize from other competitions.
3)The composition must NOT be published.
4)The full score must be submitted in the form of PDF via the online application system with an audio recording or midi realisation.
5)The material for the jury such as fixed media and audio materials in stereo (in mp3 format) must be submitted.
6)Anonymous submission is required.
7)Please include the TITLE of the composition ONLY on the score.
8)The score must NOT show the name of the composer anywhere.
9)The part score(s) should be provided to the organisation for the final round use with no cost.
10)The jury panel will refer to the works by title only.
11)Incomplete submission will be disqualified.
12)Each composer can only submit ONE composition. Multiple submissions will be disqualified.
13)Finalists are required to attend the performance of the final round of the competition, rehearsal session(s) and award presentation at the Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy in Bangkok, Thailand.
14)Shared room accommodation will be provided to the finalists. A single room can be arranged upon request with the extra cost paid by the composer.
15)The list of the finalist will be announced on the website of Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy on by 30th May 2019.
16)The judges reserve the right to award citations and honorable mentions as warranted, and to combine categories when necessary. The decision of the judges is final.
17)Please send all application to and indicate in the subject “Composition Competition Submission”
18)Attach PayPal invoice with the application mail. To pay:

15 Apr 2019
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