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RED NOTE New Music Festival

Composition Competition

The judging for the RED NOTE New Music Festival Composition has now concluded. As always, many outstanding compositions were submitted to the competition, and we would like to thank the composers who participated.

Category A

In Category A (Chamber Ensemble), there were 361 anonymous submissions from 31 nations around the world. Initial rounds were judged by the Music Composition faculty at Illinois State University. The final round was judged by the esteemed composers:

  • Raymond Deane (Aosdána, Irish academy of artists)
  • John Harbison (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Laura Schwendinger (University of Wisconsin at Madison)

The results of the competition (Category A) are as follows:

  • WINNER:

    • As the light begins to drift,
      by Paul Novak (Chicago, IL)
  • RUNNERS-UP:

    • Cantus,
      by Alex Stephenson (San Diego, CA)
    • A string quartet is like a flock of birds,
      by Paul Novak (Chicago, IL)
  • HONORABLE MENTIONS:

    • Between the Lines,
      by Scott Lee (Gainesville, FL)
    • Harp Concerto,
      by Sami Seif (Cleveland, OH)
    • Iridescence,
      by Zach Gulaboff Davis (Salem, OR)

Paul Novak will receive the $1000 prize, and his winning work will be performed on February 10, 2022 on the final concert of the RED NOTE New Music Festival in Normal, Illinois.

Category B

In Category B (Wind Ensemble), there were 114 submissions from around the world. Initial rounds were judged by the Music Composition faculty at Illinois State University. The final round was judged by Dr. Anthony Marinello, director of bands at Illinois State University.

The results of the competition (Category B) are as follows:

  • WINNER:

    Chrysanthemum,
    by Christopher Dietz (Perrysburg, OH)

  • RUNNERS-UP:

    Barnstorming Season,
    by Matthew Browne (New York, NY)

Christopher Dietz will receive the $1000 prize, and Dr. Marinello will conduct the Illinois State University Wind Symphony in a performance of his winning work on February 10, 2022 on the final concert of the RED NOTE New Music Festival in Normal, Illinois State University.

Category C

In Category C (Chorus), there were 112 submissions from 19 nations around the world. Initial rounds were judged by the Music Composition faculty at Illinois State University. The final round was judged by Dr. Karyl Carlson, director of choral activities at Illinois State University.

The results of the competition (Category C) are as follows:

  • WINNER:

    Infinite Horizon,
    by Nicholas Ryan Kelly (Penticton, BC, Canada)

  • RUNNERS-UP:

    In the Clouds,
    by Xingzimin Pan (Guangzhou, China)

  • HONORABLE MENTION:

    To the River,,
    by Bryan Grosbach (Westminster, CO)

Nicholas Ryan Kelly will receive the $1000 prize, and Dr. Carlson will conduct the Illinois State University Concert Choir in a performance of his winning work on February 10, 2022 on the final concert of the RED NOTE New Music Festival in Normal, Illinois

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