Heckscher Foundation-Ithaca College Composition Prize

Ithaca College School of Music 2014 Heckscher Composition Prize 

The Ithaca College School of Music is pleased to announce the 2014 Heckscher International Composition Prize. This year the competition is for the best work for a trio comprised of piano and two additional instruments, submitted by a composer of any age or nationality. Instruments must be found in conventional orchestra and band instrumentation.  Repeated instruments are acceptable. Pieces with electronics are not accepted. The work’s duration must be a minimum 9 minutes. 

The composer of the winning work will receive $2,000 and is expected to attend the award performance at Ithaca College in the spring of 2015.  $500 will be provided toward travel/accommodation/meals. There is no application fee.

Submission deadline is September 1, 2014.  The winning work will be announced on the Ithaca College Heckscher Competition website by October 15, 2014.

Submission must be anonymous. Score and recording must show the title of the work only. Should any part of the composer’s name be legible on the score or recording, the entry will be disqualified.

For submitting materials electronically, please send an e-mail to Dr. Jorge Grossmann at with “Heckscher E-submission” on the subject line. Leave the body of the e-mail blank. You will then receive an e-mail with instructions and a link where to upload your materials.  

Your submission must consist of three items:

  1. Score in pdf format
  2. Recording in mp3 format
  3. A MS Word or simple text file named with the same title of the musical work containing the composer’s name, address, telephone number and e-mail address.

Please note that the only acceptable formats for electronic submission are: pdf for scores and mp3 for audio files. Audio files may be a live or studio recording of the work or a MIDI realization.

If sending hard copy, please send:

  1. Bound score
  2. Recording (audio CD only)
  3. Sealed envelope containing the composer’s name, address, telephone number and e-mail address (Write only the title of the musical work on the envelope.)

Mailing Address:

Dr. Jorge Grossmann
School of Music
Ithaca College
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850


For return of materials, a SASE must be included.

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