RED NOTE New Music Festival Composition Competition
The RED NOTE New Music Festival is pleased to announce its Sixth Annual Composition Competition.
The competition is open to all composers, regardless of age or nationality.
This year, there are two categories: Category A (Works for Chamber Ensemble), and Category B (Works for Wind Ensemble).
Information on how to enter is at the bottom of this page.
For details on past competitions, including winners, runners-up, and judges, please visit the links to information on previous festivals to the left.
GENERAL GUIDELINES (applicable to both Categories)
- Works may include non-interactive electroacoustic elements (e.g., CD playback).
- Works may have been performed before, but should not have been composed before 2000.
- An entry fee of $25 must be included with the first score submitted, regardless of category. There is an entry fee of $10 for each additional score submitted, regardless of category. For example, a composer who submits one score to Category A and another to Category B must submit a $35 entry fee. Composers may submit as many works as they like in either category.
- Previous winners in either category of the RED NOTE New Music Festival Composition Competition may not enter.
- Students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Illinois State University may not enter.
- The winning composer in each Category must agree to provide parts by February 1, 2016, in order to guarantee a performance of the winning work at the RED NOTE New Music Festival.
- Attendance at the Festival is encouraged but not required.
- In the event that no entry is worthy of the award, the University reserves the right to award no prizes or prize money.
- SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 15, 2015. This deadline applies to BOTH Categories. Results in both Categories will be announced by January 15, 2016.
- See below for additional details regarding Category A and Category B.
ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES - CATEGORY A (Chamber Ensemble)
- Submitted works may be scored for any number of players or vocalists, but no more than one instrument or voice type may be doubled.
For example, a work for two violins and wind quintet would be eligible, but a work for two violins and two cellos would not be eligible.
- In addition, works which include three or more of any instrument or voice type other than percussion are not eligible (e.g., a work for three trombones).
Large ensemble works which require three percussionists but otherwise meet the guidelines are eligible.
- The composer of the winning work in Category A will receive a $1000 prize, and the work will be performed by faculty members of the Illinois State University School of Music at the RED NOTE New Music Festival in Normal, Illinois, in April 2016.
- If the instrumentation of the winning work fits the instrumentation of ensemble mise-en, it may instead be considered by ensemble mise-en for performance at the RED NOTE New Music Festival.
- Works must not exceed 15 minutes in duration.
- The final round of the Competition will be judged by established composers from around the United States.
ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES - CATEGORY B (Wind Ensemble)
Submitted works should be scored for wind ensemble, with the following maximum instrumentation:
2 Flutes (divisi possible, 1 doubling piccolo or alto flute)
2 Oboes (1 doubling English horn)
3 Clarinets in B-flat (divisi possible)
1 Bass Clarinet
4 Saxophones (AATB or SATB)
1 Bass Trombone
Euphonium (divisi possible)
Tuba (divisi possible)
Timpani + 4 Percussionists
- Additional doublings may be allowed at the discretion of the discretion of Dr. Martin Seggelke, conductor of the Illinois State Wind Symphony.
- The composer of the winning work in Category B will receive a $750 prize, and the work will be performed by the Illinois State University Wind Symphony, conducted by Dr. Martin Seggelke, at the RED NOTE New Music Festival in Normal, Illinois, on April 3, 2016.
- The ISU Wind Symphony is an advanced ensemble which features the School of Music's top performers. However, judges reserve the right to consider playability in their deliberations.
- Works may be any duration.
- Works featuring soloists (e.g., concertos) may be submitted with the understanding that the soloist(s) must be supplied at no expense to the ISU Wind Symphony, and that the soloist(s) must be able to attend at least one full rehearsal with the orchestra in advance of the concert date, as well as the dress rehearsal before the concert.
- The final round of the Competition will be judged by Dr. Martin Seggelke.
HOW TO ENTER
- Submit an ANONYMOUS pdf and audio file (mp3 or MIDI) of each score via THIS LINK.
- After submitting all entries, payment may be made at THIS WEBSITE.
- The submitted pdf's and audio files must be free of names and identifying marks (including composer, dedicatee, performer, and publisher names).
- Questions may be addressed to Professor Carl Schimmel at email@example.com.