University of Missouri-St. Louis Young Composers Competition

The University of Missouri - St. Louis Department of Music is pleased to offer a competition for young composers in the states of Missouri and Illinois. The anonymous submissions will be judged by faculty members of the Department of Music, and the winning pieces will be performed by UMSL student ensembles in Fall 2018. Each winning composer will also be given a professional audio recording of the performance.

Eligibility

There are two divisions:

Division 1: Composers who will be enrolled in high school in Missouri or Illinois (grades 9-12) for the 2018-19 school year
Division 2: Composers who will be enrolled as college undergraduates in Missouri or Illinois for the 2018-19 school year. Current UMSL students are ineligible.

Performance Area

Applicants may submit an original composition (no arrangements) to one of the following three performance areas:

Orchestra
Maximum instrumentation: 2222/4221/timp+2 perc/strings
Length: no longer than 10 minutes
Wind ensemble
Maximum instrumentation: 2 fl, 1 ob, 1 bsn, 3 cl, 1 bass cl, 2 alto sax, 1 tenor sax, 1 bari sax, 3 tpt, 4 hn, 3 trbn, 1 euph, 1 tuba, timpani+3 perc
Length: no longer than 10 minutes
A cappella choir
Voicing: SATB (with divisi, 4 to 8 parts total)
Length: no longer than 6 minutes

Submission

(1) Submissions should be made online, using the Google form found at: http://music.umsl.edu/composercompetition.html
(2) The form requires the user to log into a Google/Gmail account. If you are unable to log in, please email cairnsz@umsl.edu for alternate submission instructions.
(3) All submissions will be judged anonymously, so each applicant will be asked to create a pseudonym.
(4) There is no entry fee.
(5) Applicants may submit only one work to the UMSL Young Composers Competition.
(6) Applicants must provide a PDF score and an audio recording of the work. MIDI realizations are acceptable.
(7) All submissions must be original works -- no arrangements.
(8) For choral applicants, please make sure that you take care of any copyright issues with the text of your piece. We strongly recommend the use of a public domain text, or a text of your own creation. If you do submit a work with copyrighted text, we will ask you to provide documentation of permission to use that text.

Deadline

All submissions must be received by 11:59pm (CDT) on May 13, 2018

Judging

(1) Judges will be composition/theory faculty and ensemble directors of the University of Missouri - St. Louis
(2) Works will be judged on their compositional/musical merit, score presentation, and the artistic potential of the composer. Since the winning works will be performed by student ensembles at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, feasibility of performance by undergraduate music majors will be a factor in the selection of winning pieces.
(3) We reserve the right to select multiple winners or no winners in any category, depending on the quality of the submissions.

Winning Compositions

(1) Winners will be notified by email by July 1, 2018.
(2) The winning compositions will be performed by University of Missouri - St. Louis student ensembles (Symphony Orchestra; Wind Ensemble; Vocal Point) on that ensemble's concert during Fall 2018. Exact dates TBA.
(3) Winning composers are expected to be present at that concert, and will receive a professional audio recording of the performance.
(4) Orchestra and Wind Ensemble winners will be expected to provide a complete set of parts (PDF) by August 1, 2018

SUBMIT YOUR WORK HERE: http://music.umsl.edu/composercompetition.html

If you have questions about the Young Composers Competition, please contact Dr. Zachary Cairns at cairnsz@umsl.edu. Thank you!

http://music.umsl.edu/composercompetition.html

13 May 2018
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