American Modern Ensemble, Eighth Annual Composition Competition

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

11:59 PM
Presented By
American Modern Ensemble
Event Type
Other Events
New Music
Event Contact
Emily Rea

Eighth Annual Composition Competition

We are proud to announce the American Modern Ensemble Eighth Annual Composition Competition: 

Tier 1 (Ages 22 and under) Prize: $300, Performance in NYC and Archival Recording.
Tier 2 (Ages 18-35) Prize: $500, Performance in NYC and Archival Recording.
Tier 3 (All ages) Prize: $1000, Performance in NYC and Archival Recording.

American composers (North, Central and South America, or U.S. Permanent Residents holding Green Cards, but not composers holding temporary student visas) are invited to submit one to three compositions, each 5-20 minutes in length. There will be one winner in each category, and five finalists per category that may also be selected for performance.

Works may use any combination or subset of solo voice, flute (doubling piccolo and alto flute), clarinet (doubling e-flat and bass clarinet), oboe, bassoon, french horn, trumpet, trombone, 2 violins, viola, cello, bass, piano (doubling synthesizer), harp and percussion (no tubular chimes or timpani, except for up to three individual tubular chimes).

Please do not submit solo works or works for the following standard groupings: string quartet, wind quintet or piano trio. No movements from larger works unless they are definitely meant to stand alone. Works requiring electronics or video will be considered, provided they require no extra personnel other than the composer and are easy to implement. Works may have been previously, performed, awarded, recorded or published, professionally or otherwise, but may not have been premiered or performed in New York City. MP3 recordings are recommended, but not mandatory. However, no recording or a live reading is preferable to a very poor-quality MIDI recording.

Works not adhering to these guidelines will be disqualified.

Composers will be notified no later than November 15, 2013. Selected works will be considered for future programming.

The winning composer (and finalists) in each category must attend the dress rehearsal and performance in New York City and will need to submit a photocopy of a Passport or Driver's License indicating proof of age and American citizenship or Permanent Resident status. Previous winners in each category may not re-apply in that category. However, finalists may re-apply.

To apply: fill out the application below, including mp3s and PDF scores. PLEASE NOTE: the total size limit for mp3s and PDFs combined is 20 MB. Entry fee: $20 per piece, per competition.

If you have questions, contact Emily Rea, AME's Operations Manager, at



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