GCNA 75th Congression Composition Contest

April 6, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

To celebrate the 75th annual Congress of The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA), the GCNA Johan Franco Committee is pleased to announce a special 2017 carillon composition competition. Two monetary prizes ($1,200 for first place and $600 for second place) will be awarded, in addition to additional performance awards. The GCNA will publish the first and second place compositions, and performance awards will be given the option of GCNA publication. In a collaboration with the North American Carillon School (NACS), the first-place composition will additionally serve as the required piece in the 2017 NACS performance competition, to be performed by each of the five NACS finalists. All compositions awarded prizes and performance recognition will have the opportunity to be performed at the 75th GCNA Congress in June 2017.

The competition is open to all (except members of the 2016/17 Franco Committee), regardless of age, nationality, or prior competition experience.

Composers are asked to submit works that are 5-10 minutes in length. Submissions must be original compositions, not arrangements or transcriptions of existing works. Each composer may submit only one work. The composition must be playable by a solo carillonneur on a four-octave carillon: 47 bells (c,d,e… chromatic to c4 – with low C# and D# omitted), with a 2-octave pedalboard (c, d, e…c2). Notating bells outside of this range is permitted provided that substitutions are given in the 47-bell range. Compositions that have already been performed or published are ineligible. Public performance of any winning composition prior to the 2017 GCNA congress and NACS competition will be grounds for disqualification.

We recommend that composers less familiar with the carillon consult “Composing for the Carillon: Recommendations and Examples” by John Gouwens. The document is available here: http://carillon.vrvisuals.com/COMPCARVID.pdf. The corresponding video is available here: http://carillon.vrvisuals.com/movie.html.

Submissions must be received by November 1, 2016. Composers may submit works via email to hschase@uchicago.edu, or mailed to Hunter Chase, 1218 W George St., Apt G, Chicago IL, 60657. Submissions will be anonymized for the jury. Please do not include your name or any identifying information on the composition itself. Instead, please separately include your contact information.
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-Joey Brink and Thomas Lee, Franco Committee Co-Chairs