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Iris Orchestra Student Composers Competition
Call for Scores


Application Deadline: October 31, 2020

 

Composer Competition Eligibility & Guidelines

  •  Open to undergraduate and graduate level students
  • Applicants must be actively enrolled in a college or university at the time of submission and meet one of the following criteria:
    1. Be an active student at a college or university located in Tennessee, Mississippi, or Arkansas OR
    2. Be an active student attending a college or university outside of the Tennessee/Mississippi/Arkansas area, but who is a permanent resident of one of those three states (proof of residency required)
  • Each applicant should submit 2 to 4 original works composed within the last two years representative of their composition skill and style
    1. Scores should be submitted as PDFs and include mp3 recordings if available
  • Each applicant must submit 1 to 2 references who can speak to the applicant’s compositional experience
  • Plagiarism of copyrighted material is illegal. It is the responsibility of the composer to assure that music submitted is all original material.

The winner will be commissioned to compose an original work for string trio and receive:

  • A $500 award
  • Consultations with Iris musicians and administration during preparation of the commissioned work
  • Professional quality audio recording of their commissioned work
  • A minimum of 1 public performance during the 2020/2021 season and 1 public performance during the 2021/2022 season of the commissioned work, (COVID-19 restrictions pending)
  • Public recognition of award through Iris website, social media, and press release

Score Submission Guidelines

  • Scores should be submitted as PDF files and include the title of the work. The scores SHOULD NOT include the composer’s name or any identifying information including signatures or initials. Please label each uploaded file as follows: [Your Last Name, First Name, Title of Work]. * All applicants’ names will be changed to a reference number before they are submitted to the judging panel.
  • Applicants are encouraged to submit mp3 recordings in addition to the PDFs. Midi files are acceptable. Please label each recording as follows: [Your Last Name, First Name, Title of Work].
  • Brief Composer’s Notes (not to exceed 250 words) for each submitted piece should also be included.

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Judging Procedures

  • Submissions will be distributed to the judging panel anonymously.
    1. Only a designated intermediary will have access to the applicants’ names and information.
  • Round 1- submission of 2 to 4 representative works composed within the last two years by the applicant
    1. Evaluated by panel of composers and Iris musicians
  • Round 2/Finalist Selection- interview
    1. Evaluated by panel of Iris administration, composers, and musicians
    2. Assessment of applicants for the final round is based on demonstrated knowledge and expertise in writing for string instruments and imaginative approach to conceptualizing the commissioned work.
  • Only one winner will be selected. Honorable Mention(s) possible (no award will be offered for Honorable Mention).
  • Judges will only be informed of the names of the winner(s) and any honorable mentions
  • Finalists will be notified by November 25, 2020
  • The winner and any Honorable Mentions will be announced by December 31, 2020.
  • The winner will be commissioned by Iris Orchestra to compose an original work for string trio. It may be through composed or in multi-movement and be between 12 and 20 minutes in length.

Questions? Contact Rebecca Arendt at rarendt@irisorchestra.org.

Application Deadline: October 31, 2020

 

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