Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg International Competition for Women Composers
Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg
International Competition for Women Composers
The Hochschule für Musik, Nuremberg, in co-operation with the publisher Furore Verlag, Germany and the Mariann Steegmann Foundation, announces a competition for women composers. There is no age limit.
Inspiration for this competition was a series of performances of G. Rossini’s “Petite Messe Solonnelle”, using an ensemble of chamber choir, four soloists, two pianos and accordion. The pleasing sound of this unusual combination led to the idea of encouraging composers to write a work for a similar ensemble. The competition is aimed at talented women composers.
We are looking for a work that is 15-20 minutes long and is suitable for performance by tertiary music students.
Scoring: Mixed chamber choir (up to 20 singers), 1-4 soloists (male and / or female), accordion and piano.
The winning compositions (1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes) will be performed by students of the Hochschule für Musik, Nuremberg during the winter semester of 2014-15. The composition awarded first prize will will be published by Furore Verlag. A CD of the performance will be made by the Hochschule für Musik Nuremberg.
The following monetary prizes will also be awarded:
1st Prize: Euro 1,000 (and publication by Furore Verlag)
2nd Prize: Euro 500
3rd Prize: Euro 500
The jury is not obliged to award all prizes.
The prize money cannot be divided.
The jury is made up of the following members:
Dr. Vivienne Olive (Composer and Lecturer, Nuremberg) –Chairperson
Volker Blumenthaler (Composer and Lecturer, Nuremberg)
Prof. Irene Urbach (Accordion and Women’s Representative, Nuremberg)
Prof. Alfons Brandl (Choral conductor and Vice-President, Hochschule Nuremberg)
Prof. Siegrid Ernst (Composer, Bremen)
Barbara Gabler (Reader and Editor, Furore Verlag, Kassel
The Hochschule Nuremberg reserves the right to find a replacement for absent jury members.
Conditions of entry
a) Only one work may be entered which can, however, consist of several pieces.
b) The entered work may not have previously been performed or published.
c) Performance material (score and parts) must be supplied.
d) Any instructions should be in German or English.
e) Publication by Furore is subject to the following conditions:
All material (score, choral score, instrumental parts) must be sent using one of the customary notation programmes (Finale, Sibelius) or as a PDF.
Layout: Size: DIN A4 (210 x 297 mm), b) Margins: top 2 cm (from bar number), bottom 2,7 cm (from bottom line of stave), side margins: 1,5 cm from furthest sign (bracket, part designation etc.), c) Stave size (Rastral): 6, d) Text: Font Times New Roman, 11 pt.
Details of entry
a) Scoring: Mixed chamber choir (up to 20 singers), 1-4 soloists (male and / or female), accordion and piano.
b) The work should be suitable for performance by tertiary music students.
c) Duration: 15-20 minutes
Submissions should be entered as follows:
Entries must be in a large envelope on which a freely chosen four-digit code can be seen. This envelope must contain the following:
1. Six copies of the work with its title and duration. No name may appear on the work – only the four-digit code.
2. Clear performance instructions (six copies) in German or English if this is not clear from the score.
3. A sealed envelope bearing the same code which contains the following information:
a) Details of entrant (name and address)
b) a short biography
c) two recent photographs
Deadline for the competition is 15th November 2013 (postmark). Entries should be sent to the following address:
Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg
Wettbewerb für Komponistinnen
2. Legal Information
a) Submitted scores cannot be returned.
b) The organization is not liable for loss or damage of the scores.
c) By taking part in the competition the participant agrees to abide by the conditions
d The copyright remains with the composer.
e) The Hochschule für Musik, Nuremberg reserves the right of documentation, is entitled to make sound and visual recordings of all concerts and may use this documentation to publicize information about this competition. Sound and visual recordings may be used without charge in the media and to this end may also be copied, distributed, performed, broadcast and / or made available to the public. In the case of commercial use the participant will, however, receive appropriate remuneration.
f) There is no right to appeal..
g) The decision of the jury is final.
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