RED NOTE New Music Festival: Composition Competition
- Deadline date: 1 Dec 2020 [Delivery Deadline]
- Date held: 2021
- Location: Normal, IL, United States
- Total prizes: Performance
- Entry fee: USD 25 for the first entry and USD 20 for subsequent entries
- Anonymous entry: Yes
- Work duration: 12 - 15 minutes depending on category
Now in its fourteenth season, the RED NOTE New Music Festival at Illinois State University is a week-long event which features outstanding performances of contemporary concert music. Highlights of past seasons include appearances by Spektral Quartet, Ensemble Dal Niente, Momenta Quartet, the City of Tomorrow, Ensemble Mise-En, Del Sol Quartet, Fifth House Ensemble, Iridium Quartet, and loadbang. Featured guest composers have included William Bolcom, Chen Yi, Stephen Hartke, Sydney Hodkinson, Lee Hyla, Steven Stucky, Augusta Read Thomas, and Joan Tower. RED NOTE also holds an annual Composition Competition which brings in entries from around the world.
This year, we are pleased to host featured guest composer Martin Bresnick, as well as featured guest ensembles Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and ONIX Ensamble. Together with the Illinois State music composition faculty, Martin Bresnick and the two guest ensembles will lead an online Composition Workshop which is open to all student composers. Selected events will be live-streamed or posted for viewing on our website, bringing this year's festival to audiences worldwide.
The competition is open to all composers, regardless of age or nationality. This year there are two categories: Category A (Works for Chamber Ensemble) and Category B (Works for String Orchestra).
- Works may include non-interactive electroacoustic elements (e.g., CD playback).
- Works may have been performed before, but should not have been composed before the year 2000.
- An entry fee of USD 25 must be included with the first score submitted, regardless of category. There is an entry fee of USD 20 for each additional score submitted, regardless of category. For example, a composer who submits one score to Category A and another to Category B must submit a USD 45 entry fee. Composers may submit as many works as they like in either category.
- Previous winners in any category of the RED NOTE New Music Festival Composition Competition may not enter.
- Students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Illinois State University may not enter.
- In the unlikely event that no entry is worthy of the award in a given category, the University reserves the right to award no prizes or prize money in that category.
- SUBMISSION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 1, 2020.
Additional Guidelines - Category A (Chamber Ensemble)
- Submitted works may be scored for any combination of 1-7 instrumentalists (no vocalists).
- Works must not exceed 15 minutes in duration.
- The final round of the competition will be judged by nationally and internationally recognized composers.
- Results will be announced by December 15, 2020.
- The composer of the winning work in Category A will receive a $1000 prize, and the winning work will be performed by faculty members of the Illinois State University School of Music at the RED NOTE New Music Festival in Normal, Illinois, in February 2021. In the event that a performance is not possible in February 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the work will be performed during the 2021-2022 season.
- The winning composer must agree to provide parts by January 1, 2021, in order to guarantee performance.
Additional Guidelines - Category B (String Orchestra)
Submitted works should be scored for wind ensemble, with the following maximum instrumentation:
- The composer of the winning work in Category B will receive a $750 prize, and the work will be performed by the Illinois State University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Glenn Block, in Normal, Illinois, on February 7, 2021. In the event that a performance is not possible in February 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the work will be performed during the 2021-2022 season.
- While the ISU Symphony Orchestra is an advanced graduate and undergraduate ensemble, judges reserve the right to consider playability in their deliberations.
- Works must not exceed 12 minutes in duration.
- The final round of the competition will be judged by Glenn Block, conductor of the ISU Symphony Orchestra.
- Results will be announced by December 1, 2020.
- The winning composer must agree to provide parts by January 10, 2021, in order to guarantee performance.
How to Enter
- Submit an anonymous pdf and audio file (mp3 or MIDI) of each score:
- The submitted pdf and audio files must be free of all names and identifying marks, other than the work's title.
- Pay the entry fee.
- Questions may be addressed to Professor Carl Schimmel.
- For details on past competitions, visit our Past Winners page.
Contact: Professor Carl Schimmel, RED NOTE New Music Festival
Mailing Address: Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts, Illinois State University, Campus Box 5600 Normal, Il 61790-5600 USA