Call for Scores, Application deadline: June 1, 2018

Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival/ Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Composition Competition

Call for Scores, Application deadline: June 1, 2018

The 52nd Contemporary Music Festival, sponsored by the Indiana State University School of Music, proudly announces the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Composition Competition. Submitted compositions will be judged by a screening panel chosen by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. The Festival is scheduled for October 24–26, 2018.

The Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival/Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Composition Competition was established to recognize outstanding music composed for the small orchestra. In addition to a monetary prize, the composer receiving first place will be invited to attend a performance of the winning composition by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra as part of the Festival’s activities. The winner also will be invited to speak at the Festival on a topic relating to his or her music. Other guests featured at the three-day Festival include the Principal Guest Composer, Marc Mellits, the guest ensemble, and composers participating in the Music Now concert. Since its beginning, more than 200 established and emerging composers—including eighteen winners of the Pulitzer Prize and five winners of the Grawemeyer Award—have participated in the Festival.

Contest Guidelines

Cash Prizes:
First Place – $1,000

There are no restrictions regarding the age or gender of the applicant. Contestants must be citizens or legal residents of the United States. Winners of the competition within the last five years are not eligible.

Standard chamber orchestra scoring (2[pic]2[Eh]22, 2210, timpani, 1 percussion, piano, harp, and strings 6–4–4–3–2). Scores that will not be considered include condensed or significantly reduced scores and scores that include soloists or extra instruments.

Compositions may not exceed 15 minutes in length.

Materials for Submission:
A composer may send one score with a corresponding recording (MIDI realizations are acceptable). Large, neat, proofread parts must be available upon request. The composer’s name may not appear on the submitted materials. A sealed envelope containing the composer’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address should be attached to the score. A summary of the necessary instrumentation and an accurate timing should be included with the entry.

There is a non-returnable entry fee of $20 U.S. currency per entry. Make checks payable to the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.

A panel of judges will be chosen by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. Each judge will be a performing instrumentalist, conductor, or composer and each will evaluate all scores separately and make a short list of works to be considered further. The judges will then meet with the Music Director of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra where the short list of works will be discussed and a final decision made. The judges will not make available any written or verbal commentary.

All scores must be received by June 1, 2018. Winners will be announced by August 1, 2018.

Send Submissions To:
Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
4603 Clarendon Road, Suite 36
Indianapolis, IN 46208

Additional Information:
Dr. Kurt Fowler
School of Music
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN 47809

Materials will be returned only if accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. While The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra will make every effort to protect and return materials, the orchestra assumes no responsibility for loss or destruction of submitted materials.

Comments (4)

  • Justin Dowdy

    3 years ago

    I saw in the standard orchestration that there is no brass. Does brass need to be in the piece?

    • Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra

      3 years ago

      Thank you for your question. The second grouping of numbers – “2210” – means 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 1 trombone, no tuba. So brass is included.

      Standard chamber orchestra scoring (2[pic]2[Eh]22, 2210, timpani, 1 percussion, piano, harp, and strings 6–4–4–3–2)

      We look forward to receiving your submission. Please let us know if you have any other questions. 🙂

  • Patrick Fata

    3 years ago

    Are works for strings only acceptable, or do the other section need to be included?

    • Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra

      3 years ago

      Thank you for your inquiry. The composition must include the (all) instrumentation specified.

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