Washington and Lee University Wind Ensemble Composition Contest

Dear Colleague,

I am pleased to be writing to announce the 1st Annual Washington and Lee University Wind Ensemble Composition Contest. This contest is for composers of all ages and ability levels. Please share this information with your students and colleagues!

There are two categories in which one can enter:

• Undergraduate Composers
-For composers currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in music
-Composers should not be over the age of 26
• Post-Graduate and Professional Composers
-This category is geared towards students working toward advanced degrees in music and professional musicians
-All composers over the age of 26 can apply for this category regardless of student or professional status

Guidelines for the compositions are:
• Entries should be original works, not arrangements.
• Entries should be composed for small wind ensemble. Suggested instrumentation is: Piccolo, Flute 1 and 2, Oboe, Bassoon,
Bb Clarinet 1, 2, and 3, Bb Bass Clarinet, Eb Alto Saxophone 1 and 2, Bb Tenor Saxophone, Eb Baritone Saxophone, Bb
Trumpet 1, 2, and 3, F Horn 1 and 2, Trombone 1, 2, and 3, Baritone, Tuba, and Percussion parts needing no more than 4
players to perform. (Deviations from this instrumentation may be accommodated. Please contact contest coordinator Chris
Dobbins at dobbinsc@wlu.edu with specific questions)
• Entries should have a music grade level between 3 and 5.
• Works should be no longer than 10 minutes.
• Entries should be new pieces composed within the last five years.
• Pieces entered should be World Premiere performances if selected as a winner.

Entries will be judged as follows:

1. Completed entries will consist of a completed entry form (link below), a score in PDF format, and a recording in MP3 format. Scores and recordings should be anonymous with no identifying information other than the name of the piece. Please use the name of the piece as the file name for both files.

2. A panel of Washington and Lee University music faculty members may choose up to one winner in each of the above categories. All entrants in the Undergraduate Composers category will receive feedback from the panel about their compositions. Composers entering the Post-Graduate and Professional category may receive comments upon request.

3. Winning pieces will be premiered by the Washington and Lee University Wind Ensemble during the 2017-18 academic year.

4. Winners will receive audio and video recordings of the premier performance, a $300 prize, and help in contacting publishing companies if there is desire on the part of the winning composer to have the piece published.

To enter, please click here to visit the WECC 2017 entry website: http://christopherdobbins.net/wlu-wecc-2017

Deadline for receipt of submissions is July 31, 2017. There is no fee to enter. Winners will be notified by August 14, 2017, and parts for winning submissions must be digitally delivered by August 28, 2017.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact me through any of the methods below.

Thank you for your support of new music!


Chris Dobbins
Christopher Dobbins
Director of Instrumental Activities
Washington and Lee University
204 West Washington Street
Lexington, VA 24450
Office: 540-458-8856
Email: dobbinsc@wlu.edu

31 Jul 2017