RED NOTE New Music Festival Composition Competition

The 10th Annual RED NOTE New Music Festival Composition Competition is open to all composers, regardless of age or nationality. This year there are three categories: Category A (Works for Chamber Ensemble), Category B (Works for Wind Ensemble), and Category C (Works for Chorus).

GENERAL GUIDELINES (Applicable to all three categories)

  • Works may include non-interactive electroacoustic elements (e.g., CD playback).
  • Works may have been performed before, but should not have been composed before the year 2000.
  • An entry fee of $25 must be included with the first score submitted, regardless of category. There is an entry fee of $20 for each additional score submitted, regardless of category. For example, a composer who submits one score to Category A and another to Category B must submit a $45 entry fee. Composers may submit as many works as they like in any category.
  • Previous winners in any category of the RED NOTE New Music Festival Composition Competition may not enter.
  • Students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Illinois State University may not enter.
  • Attendance at the Festival is encouraged but not required.
  • In the unlikely event that no entry is worthy of the award in a given category, the University reserves the right to award no prizes or prize money in that category.
  • SUBMISSION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 1, 2019.

Additional Guidelines - CATEGORY A (Chamber Ensemble)

  • Submitted works may be scored for any combination of up to sixteen instrumentalists and/or vocalists.
  • Works must not exceed 15 minutes in duration.
  • The final round of the Competition will be judged by nationally and internationally recognized composers.
  • Results will be announced by December 15, 2019.
  • The composer of the winning work in Category A will receive a $1000 prize, and the winning work will be performed by faculty members of the Illinois State University School of Music at the RED NOTE New Music Festival in Normal, Illinois, on February 13, 2020.
  • The winning composer must agree to provide parts by January 1, 2020, in order to guarantee performance.
  • If the instrumentation of the winning work is for some subset of the guest ensembles' instrumentations, it may instead be considered by NOW Ensemble or Transient Canvas for performance at the RED NOTE New Music Festival.

Additional Guidelines - CATEGORY B (Wind Ensemble)

  • Submitted works should be scored for wind ensemble, with the following maximum instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 Flutes (divisi possible, 1 dbl. piccolo or alto flute), 2 Oboes (1 dbl. English Horn), 3 B-flat Clarinets (divisi possible), 1 Bass Clarinet, 2 Bassoons, 4 Saxophones (AATB or SATB), 4 Horns, 4 Trumpets, 3 Tenor Trombones, 1 Bass Trombone, Euphonium (divisi possible), Tuba (divisi possible), String Bass, Piano, Timpani + 4 Percussionists
  • The composer of the winning work in Category B will receive a $750 prize, and the work will be performed by the Illinois State University Wind Symphony, conducted by Tony Marinello, at the RED NOTE New Music Festival in Normal, Illinois, on February 13, 2020.
  • Doublings, or additional instrumentation, not listed above may be permissible at the discretion of Tony Marinello, conductor of the ISU Wind Symphony.
  • The ISU Wind Symphony is an advanced ensemble which features the School of Music's top performers. However, judges reserve the right to consider playability in their deliberations.
  • Works must not exceed 12 minutes in duration.
  • Works featuring soloists (e.g., concertos) may be submitted with the understanding that the soloist must be supplied at no expense to the ISU Wind Symphony, and that the soloist must be able to attend at least one full rehearsal with the orchestra in advance of the concert date, as well as the dress rehearsal before the concert.
  • The final round of the Competition will be judged by Tony Marinello.
  • Results will be announced by November 10, 2019.
  • The winning composer must agree to provide parts by November 22, 2019, in order to guarantee performance.

Additional Guidelines - CATEGORY C (Chorus)

  • Submitted works must be scored for mixed choir in 4-6 parts, with moderate divisi.
  • Works may be with or without accompaniment.
  • Works may be untexted, or set to text of any language.
  • Works must not exceed 15 minutes in duration.
  • The final round of the Competition will be judged by Karyl Carlson, Director of Choral Activities at Illinois State University.
  • The composer of the winning work in Category C will receive a $750 prize, and the work will be performed by the ISU Concert Choir at the RED NOTE New Music Festival in Normal, Illinois, on February 13, 2020.
  • Results will be announced by December 1, 2019.

HOW TO ENTER

1 Nov 2019
25.00
U.S. Dollar (USD)