IDAHO FALLS YOUTH SYMPHONY 25th Season Celebration Composition Contest

December 14, 2014 in All Opportunities, Composers by newmusicscotland

WHO MAY ENTER: Anyone

REQUIREMENTS: An original, unperformed/unpublished work for full symphony orchestra with no restrictions as to style or form. The length of the composition should be around five (5) minutes in duration. Instrumentation must be for full symphony orchestra. Please see “Instrumentation & Ranges” for guidelines.

ENTRY MATERIALS: Full score (hard copy, bound – no PDFs, please), plus a CD recording (required) of specified instrumentation. The recording must be a respectable mock-up of the work. It is assumed that no live ensemble recordings are available as the work should be previously unperformed.

AWARD: $500

ENTRY DEADLINE: January 30, 2015

FORMS/INFORMATION:
Darrell Brown
Attn: IFYS Composition Contest
Brigham Young University-Idaho
Department of Music
525 S. Center Street
Rexburg, ID 83460
Email: brownda@byui.edu

CONTEST RULES
1. This contest is open to anyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religious belief, etc.
2. The composer’s name MAY NOT appear on the hard copy of the score or the recording. Any entry received with the composer’s name on the package, scores, or recording will not be accepted for evaluation. A sealed envelope containing the completed entry form should be fastened securely to the inside-cover of the score. The recording should be identified by title only.
3. Each composer may enter only one composition.
4. Entry must be the original symphonic work of the composer that has been never been previously performed.
5. There are no restrictions as to style or form.
6. The work should be around five (5) minutes in duration. While compositions slightly shorter or longer in duration will be considered, those that are too far outside the requested duration may be excluded based solely on duration.
7. Entries must be submitted with a hard copy of the FULL SCORE and a CD mock-up recording of good quality of the specified instrumentation indicated in the score.
8. Entries must be received by January 30, 2015.
9. The decision of the contest committee will be final. Should the committee consider none of the submitted compositions to be meritorious, a “no prize” decision will be rendered.
10. The winning composer will receive a $500 cash award.
11. All performance, copyright, and royalty rights remain with the composer, but the premiere performance will be by the Idaho Falls Youth Symphony on their April 10, 2015 concert.
12. The contest committee will convene on January 31, 2015, and the selection made as soon thereafter as possible. The winner will be announced via the Idaho Falls Youth Symphony Facebook page.
13. Materials will NOT be returned.
14. The winner is responsible to provide the Idaho Falls Youth Symphony a final version of the score and a full set of parts. A dedication to the Idaho Falls Youth Symphony should appear on the final and all future versions of the score and parts.
15. Composers should send their entries and direct inquiries to the conductor of the Idaho Falls Youth Symphony:
Darrell Brown
Attn: IFYS Composition Contest
Brigham Young University-Idaho
Department of Music
525 S. Center Street
Rexburg, ID 83460
Email: brownda@byui.edu

INSTRUMENTATION & RANGES

Instrumentation (Standard Full Symphony Orchestra Instrumentation):

Woodwinds
Flute 1 & 2, Piccolo available (either as a 2nd double or 3rd part), Standard ranges
Oboe 1 & 2, English Horn available (either as a 2nd double or 3rd part), Standard ranges
Clarinet in Bb 1 & 2, Bass clarinet available (either as a 2nd double or 3rd part), Standard ranges
Bassoon 1 & 2, Standard ranges

Brass
Horn in F 1-4
Trumpet in Bb 1-3
Trombone 1 & 2
Bass Trombone
Tuba

Percussion
Timpani + Four Additional Percussionists
Standard percussion instruments: Four timpani; Keys: Glockenspiel, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Marimba, Chimes; Battery: Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Concert Toms (4); Auxiliary: Triangle, Crash Cymbals, Suspended Cymbal, Tam-tam, Tambourine, etc.; Additional instruments possible (i.e. Brake Drum, etc.)

Harp
The IFYS has a wonderful harpist. While using harp is not a determining criterion, a good harp part would be greatly appreciated and will likely give your composition an edge in the adjudication process.

Strings
Violin 1: Range: G3-G7
Violin 2: Range: G3-E6
Viola: Range: C3-A5
Cello: Range: C2-G6
Bass: Range: E2-G4 (written pitches)

Please send all submissions with a signed entry form (found on the Idaho Falls Youth Symphony Facebook page).