illumine 2017-2018 Commissioning Prize

2017-2018 Commissioning Prize

illumine’s Commissioning Prize is an initiative both to feature the works of emerging composers, and to bolster the repertory for the voice-violin-piano trio. Composers of all ages and nationalities are welcome to apply.


•The winning composer will be awarded a commission, equalling the sum of all application fees combined.

-50% of the prize will be awarded immediately and – upon completion of a new work for voice, violin, and piano – the composer will receive the remaining 50%.

-The commissioned piece will be scored exactly for mezzo-soprano (tessitura, A3 to A5), violin, and piano. Use of electronics is permitted, depending on the complexity of setup and availability of the composer in performance. The work must be between 10-20 minutes in duration.

-Text and subject matter will be determined between illumine and the composer, based on concert themes and programming.

•The composer will sign an agreement, granting illumine unlimited but not exclusive performing/recording rights to the new work.

•Up to two runners up may be awarded. Their application submission pieces will be featured on illumine’s 2018 concert series.

THE APPLICATION – Composers must submit the following (scores and recordings) via email attachment or Google Drive link to (subject: Commissioning Prize Submission):

•Two contrasting scores, one of which must be written for voice, violin, and piano OR a subset of two (ie. voice & piano, violin & piano). We expect that the latter is the more likely option. The second score may be for any instrumentation.

•Recordings of the submitted scores. Live recordings are preferred, but MIDI renditions will be accepted.

•The $40 application fee via PayPal, your “contribution” to the prize pool. As competition grows, so does the reward.

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Applications will be processed only upon receipt of the scores, recordings, and payment.

All materials must be received by July 1st, 2017.


Submissions will be judged on a basis of craftsmanship, creativity, and savvy orchestration. The winner will be the composer, determined by illumine, most capable of creating an effective, idiomatic contribution to the voice-violin-piano trio repertory. A decision will be made prior to July 31st, 2017.

1 Jul 2017
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