2018 Composition Competition

The Holyoke Civic Symphony, a college/community orchestra in Holyoke, Massachusetts, announces its 8th biennial composition competition. The winning composition will be performed by the orchestra on Sunday, May 5, 2019, and the composer will receive a prize of $200 and an archive recording. There is no entry fee, and the competition is open to United States based composers of any age.

Entries should be no longer than 6 minutes and should be at a difficulty level appropriate for a community orchestra.

Maximum instrumentation is 3 flutes (1 may double on piccolo), 2 oboes (1 may double on English horn), 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 tuba, 1 timpani, 2 percussion, and strings. Works that exceed the maximum instrumentation (such as bass clarinet, contrabassoon, piano, or harp) will not be considered. Minimum instrumentation is strings only.

The deadline for submissions is Sept. 1, 2018. Electronic submission only; only one composition per composer. Please email a PDF of the full score, an MP3 recording if available (electronic demos are fine), and a résumé or curriculum vitae to dkidwell22@gmail.com. The winner will be announced on September 9, 2018. Orchestral parts must be received by February 21, 2019.

The Holyoke Civic Symphony was founded in 1966 and is proud to support accessible works by living composers. The orchestra has been conducted by conductor and composer David Kidwell since 1997.

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