Composition Competition

Composition Competition Guidelines 2018 (PDF)

Austin Classical Guitar is pleased to announce the 12th annual Guitar Ensemble Composition Competition. The goal of this contest is to encourage high quality new music for young and pre-professional guitar ensembles. The competition is open to composers of all ages who reside in the United States. The award is $500, and the winning entry will be premiered by an ensemble of approximately 100 guitarists at the ACG Fest in Austin, TX on April 28, 2018.

Prize – $500, and a premiere performance by the ACG Ensemble Festival Finale Orchestra to open ACG’s International Series concert featuring Dimitri Illarionov & Boris Andrianov.

Eligibility

  • US-based composers only
  • No age restrictions
  • Composers may submit multiple works (Additional fee for each entry)

Guidelines for submissions

  • In 4 parts for standard 6-string classical guitar (Divisi is acceptable)
  • Approximately 4-6 minutes in duration – multiple movements allowed
  • Standard tuning and scordatura of 6th string to D acceptable
  • Work must be unpublished and not previously performed in public
  • Work must be playable by beginning/intermediate level ensembles – We are searching for pieces for young and/or pre-professional groups that balance musical integrity and technical demands. For reference, see previous recent winning entries: November Blues by Mark Anthony Cruz (2017) and Fugata Y Danza by Carlos Rios (2016).

Application Fee – $25 per submission – make checks payable to: ACG or pay online here (please indicate “Composition Competition application fee” on payment form)

What to Submit

  1. A cover letter including: Name, address, telephone, and email address
  2. CD recording of the entry (emailed MP3 and midi-generated recordings acceptable)
  3. One copy of full score and each part. May be emailed as PDF. **Scores and parts must be anonymous; they may not contain anything allowing identification of the composer.**

Entries must be postmarked by January 10th, 2018, and addressed to:

Austin Classical Guitar
5900 Balcones Drive, Suite 240
Austin, TX 78731

Entries will be judged anonymously by Austin Classical Guitar with consideration not only of compositional integrity but playability and practicality of performance. The winner will be announced by email to all contestants by Friday, January 30th, 2017.

The composer of the winning composition should plan to be present at ACG Fest to receive a $500 prize following the premiere of the work at the finale. The prize will not be divided. The decision of Austin Classical Guitar will be final.

Austin Classical Guitar makes no claims on any of the entered compositions beyond the right to premiere the winning composition. Scores will not be returned. Submission of an application to
participate in the competition confirms that the contestants unconditionally accept all the rules as established in this announcement.

Questions? Please contact Eric Pearson.