New Music for Young Musicians Composers Competition

October 11, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

This years competition is for Concert Band Grade 3.5 – 4: with parts for: 2 flutes, 1 oboe, 3 clarinet, 1 bass clarinet, 1 bassoon, 2 alto sax, 1 tenor sax, 1 bari sax, 3 tpts, 2 F-horns, 2 trombones, 1 bass trombone (optional), 1 euphonium, 1 tuba, and 4 percussionists

The James Madison University New Music for Young Musicians Composer Competition recognizes and encourages young composers studying composition or early in their careers (28 years of age and younger) to compose music for younger ensembles in middle school through high school.

Five finalists will be chosen by a panel of composers and directors. Additionally, finalists will have their music reviewed by a noted professional. Finalists will also have their scores bound and deposited in the JMU Music Library Special Collections and will receive a second similarly bound copy for their own collections.

The first place composition or arrangement will be selected from the finalists by a noted professional. In addition to the monetary award, the winner will have their work performed and recorded by an age-appropriate ensemble from within several highly recognized programs in the Commonwealth. During the preparation period, winners will have the opportunity to interact with the director of the ensemble to refine their piece and will have access to a professional music editor to assist in the preparation of their score and parts.

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