Eight Strings & a Whistle Composer Competition

Eight Strings & a Whistle announces its first Composer Competition.

Eight Strings & a Whistle has been a cutting edge presence since 1998, and is committed to performing and expanding the repertoire for the unique combination of flute, viola and cello. We collaborate regularly with a wide roster of living composers from North and South America and Europe. This competition is an extension of our desire to promote chamber music for flute, viola and cello, as well as encourage the writing of contemporary chamber music in general.

Applications and supporting materials will be accepted beginning on September 15, 2017.
All submissions, including the application fee, must be received by 11:59PM on January 12, 2018.

Eligibility and Description:
The Competition is open to composers of all ages, but applicants must be enrolled in an accredited degree program at the time of application. Eligible programs include BM, BA, MM, MA, DMA, PHD or Artist Diploma.

FIRST PRIZE: Eight Strings & a Whistle will perform the New York Premiere of the winning composer’s work in Fall of 2018. The winning entrant will also receive a working rehearsal with Eight Strings & a Whistle, a feature on the Eight Strings & a Whistle website, and a stipend of $300 to help defer travel expenses.

Scores and audio recordings should be emailed to 8SWcompetition@gmail.com as detailed below. Materials will not be accepted before September 15th.

The winner will be announced in May, 2018.

All applications will be adjudicated by a panel of composers and the members of Eight Strings & a Whistle. The decision of the judges is final.


The work may not have already received a professional premiere.
Proposed length: Total time between 6-15 minutes. The piece can be a multi- or single-movement work.

Entries must be written for flute viola and cello. In the writing for the flute, the composition must include C flute, either alone or in the following combinations: flute/ alto flute; flute/ piccolo; flute/ alto flute/ piccolo.

There can be no incorporation of electronics.

Only one submission per applicant.

Competition Rules:

Applications and supporting materials will be accepted beginning on September 15, 2017.

All applicants must submit:
I. Scores: A Score with no identifying markings in either the file or file name. This includes pseudonyms, dedications and commissioner names.
Scores must be created in Finale, Sibelius or some other type of of music entry software program. No handwritten scores will be accepted.
All scores must be in .pdf file format. Multiple movement scores should be submitted as a single .pdf file.

II. Recordings. Live or MIDI recordings must accompany each application. All recordings should be submitted as mp3 files. Recordings of multiple movement works should be submitted as a single mp3 file.
Recordings may not contain any identifying markings. This includes names of performers and composers in the file name as well as the metadata. If the recording is of a live performance, names of performers or composer cannot be heard/spoken on the recording.

III. Application Form: All applicants will complete the online application form.

IV. Application Fee: $11. Applications will not be considered complete until the $11 application fee has been submitted.

All questions should be directed to Ms. Katherine Liu, Project Manager, at 8SWcompetition@gmail.com

12 Jan 2018
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