Composition Competition

At one point in time, Beethoven, Mozart, and Haydn were writing “music of their day,” and we are extremely thankful to those patrons and musicians who supported their music and ensured its eternal place in our culture.

Nothing is more thrilling than immersing oneself in the music of “now” and contributing to our musical heritage. It is both the joy and the responsibility of musicians to seek out, learn, and perform the best works of composers writing “now.”

With that in mind, we are extremely proud to introduce the Northern Neck Orchestra Composition Competition. The winner will have his or her work performed during our 2018-2019 series and receive a cash prize of $500. The performance will be recorded, and thus it will be an opportunity for the composer to have the work introduced to a musical audience.

Michael Repper, Musical Director

Outline:

  • The contest is open to residents of Virginia
  • Registration fee is $10.00
  • Entrants must submit an orchestral piece no longer than 10 minutes, which has not previously been performed
  • Instrumentation should include:

2 Flutes (optional: one doubling piccolo
2 Oboes
2 Clarinets (A and B flat usable)
Optional Bass Clarinet
2 Bassoons
4 Horns
3 Trumpets
3 Trombones (including one bass trombone)
Tuba
Timpani plus ONE extra percussionist
Strings (Chamber size. 8-8-6-6-3)

  • Entries may be submitted via email or hard copy and should include a full score and a synthesized recording
  • Submissions will be reviewed and judged on a standard 10 point scoring system
  • The submissions will be judged by a panel composed of our musical director and representative orchestral musicians, Board members, and Northern Neck music lovers. Judges will not know the identities of the entrants
  • The winning composition will be performed and recorded during the 2018-2019 concert season, and a cash prize of $500 will be awarded
  • Disclaimer: In the unlikely event that none of the pieces submitted fit the NNO’s vision or abilities for the competition, the NNO will not have to award a Grand Prize
  • The deadline for entries is September 1, 2018
  • All entries must be submitted to:
    Sandra Byrd
    1756 Sawgrass Pointe Drive
    Hayes, VA 23072
    nnocompetition@gmail.com
    Cell: 757-570-0858

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