7th Annual Garth Newel Composition Competition and Residency 2017

May 4, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Announcing the 7th Annual Garth Newel Piano Quartet Composition Competition 2017 and the NEW Summer Composer Residency

Founded in 1973, Garth Newel Music Center (www.garthnewel.org) is one of the most active chamber music organizations in the country. Its resident ensemble—the Garth Newel Piano Quartet—performs over 50 concerts annually both at the Center and on tour. Through this competition, the Quartet seeks to broaden the piano quartet repertoire and to support the Center’s ongoing commitment to contemporary music.

Previous winners:
2015 – Polina Nazaykinskaya; Russia
2013 – Paolo Boggio; Italy
2012 – Alberto E. Colla; Italy
2011 – Ivan Bozicevic; Croatia


The Winner will receive:
A $3000 cash prize
A performance of the winning work by the Garth Newel Piano Quartet on the 2017 Summer Music Festival on July 29, 2017
A travel stipend to work with the Garth Newel Piano Quartet and attend the premiere in Hot Springs, Virginia
A high-quality audio and video recording
Frequent performances of their work by the Garth Newel Piano Quartet, and an eventual studio recording for public release by the quartet.
Media coverage, including a possible review in a prominent new music blog.
NEW! A 4-day residency (July 26th-July 29th, 2017) during Garth Newel’s prestigious Emerging Artist Fellowship chamber music program.
The winner will have the opportunity to work closely with the Garth Newel Piano Quartet and our 12 Emerging Artist Fellows, with the possibility of readings and performances of additional works by the composer involving all or any combination of 5 violins, 3 violas, 3 cellos, and 1 piano.
Receive high quality recordings of these reading sessions and performances
Collaborate and network with talented musicians from the top music schools.

Submitted works must be for violin, viola, cello and piano. There is no time limit for works. Submissions from any composer, regardless of age or citizenship, are welcome.

Compositions are ineligible if:
-They require live electronics or cannot be performed with just stereo playback;
-They have already received a professional premiere;
-They have already been professionally recorded for commercial CD release;
-They have been published.

Each composer must submit:
-A legible score and parts of professional quality labeled with a pseudonym. No marks identifying the composer may appear anywhere on the score. The title of the work is permissible.
-An envelope labeled with the composer’s pseudonym. Information within the envelope should include the composer’s name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and one-paragraph biography.
-A digital recording of the work labeled with the composer’s pseudonym (CDs or flash drives are acceptable). MIDI realizations are acceptable.
-A self-addressed stamped envelope of appropriate size if the composer wishes to have their materials returned.

All materials should be mailed to:

Composer Competition
Garth Newel Music Center
403 Garth Newel Lane
Hot Springs, VA 24445

All materials must be received by December 8, 2016 and applicants will be notified by e-mail no later than January 31, 2017.

For further information or questions, please call Garth Newel Music Center at 540-839-5018 or e-mail jeannette@garthnewel.org