Washington and Lee University Wind Ensemble Composition Contest 2017


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WAshington and lee university wind ensemble composition contest guidelines


  • Undergraduate Composers

    • For composers currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in music

    • Composers should not be over the age of 26

  • Post-Graduate and Professional Composers

    • This category is geared towards students working toward advanced degrees in music and professional musicians

    • All composers over the age of 26 can apply for this category regardless of student or professional status

Guidelines for the compositions are:

  • Entries should be original works, not arrangements.

  • Entries should be composed for small wind ensemble. Suggested instrumentation is:  Piccolo, Flute 1 and 2, Oboe, Bassoon, Bb Clarinet 1, 2, and 3, Bb Bass Clarinet, Eb Alto Saxophone 1 and 2, Bb Tenor Saxophone, Eb Baritone Saxophone, Bb Trumpet 1, 2, and 3, F Horn 1 and 2, Trombone 1, 2, and 3, Baritone, Tuba, and Percussion parts needing no more than 4 players to perform.
    • Deviations from this instrumentation may be accommodated. Please contact contest coordinator Chris Dobbins at dobbinsc@wlu.edu with specific questions
  • Entries should have a music grade level between 3 and 5.
  • Works should be no longer than 10 minutes.
  • Entries should be new pieces composed within the last five years.
  • Pieces entered should be World Premiere performances if selected as a winner.

Entries will be judged as follows:


1.     Completed entries will consist of a completed entry form (link below), a score in PDF format, and a recording in MP3 format. Scores and recordings should be anonymous with no identifying information other than the name of the piece. Please use the name of the piece as the file name for both files.


2.     A panel of Washington and Lee University music faculty members may choose up to one winner in each of the above categories. All entrants in the Undergraduate Composers category will receive feedback from the panel about their compositions. Composers entering the Post-Graduate and Professional category may receive comments upon request.


3.     Winning pieces will be premiered by the Washington and Lee University Wind Ensemble during the 2017-18 academic year.


4.     Winners will receive audio and video recordings of the premier performance, a $300 prize, and help in contacting publishing companies if there is desire on the part of the winning composer to have the piece published.

Deadline for receipt of submissions is July 31, 2017. There is no fee to enter. Winners will be notified by August 14, 2017, and parts for winning submissions must be digitally delivered by August 28, 2017.