Ithaca College Jazz Composition Contest

Expiration of Opportunity: 
Sun, 2017-10-01
Entry Fee: 
U.S. Dollar (USD)

The David P ‘60 and Susan W Wohlhueter Jazz Composition Contest at Ithaca College

About the contest

The contest has been created to encourage composers to write for the jazz ensemble and to give Ithaca College students the experience of evaluating and performing new music. Students will participate in the judging of the contest. The winner of the contest will receive a prize of $1,000 plus a concert recording of their piece with the Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble. In 2017 our guest artist at the culminating concert on December 8th, 2017 will be world-renowned drummer Matt Wilson, who will play the winning piece with the Jazz Ensemble.

In addition to reviewing submissions' musical quality, we will be assessing several other factors:

  • Compositions should be steeped in the traditions of jazz music.
  • Compositions should be musically accessible to both the audience and the performers.
  • The difficulty level of the compositions should be such that they are playable by high school honor jazz bands, college bands, and professionals alike.
  • Compositions may have drum solos, but they are not required to. Mr. Wilson's style and role in the piece should be well-conceived and clear. Featuring Mr. Wilson in creative ways other than in solos (or in addition to solos) is encouraged.
  • Compositions must be clearly and professionally notated. Scores should be bound properly and parts bound/taped with well-considered page turns.

For complete rules and submission requirements, please see the contest webpage:

Published date: 
20 Jul 2017