Heckscher Foundation-Ithaca College Composition Prize

2016 Ithaca College International Heckscher Composition Prize 

The Ithaca College School of Music is pleased to announce the 2016 Heckscher International Composition Prize. This year the competition is for the best work for clarinet and piano submitted by a composer of any age and nationality. Pieces using doublings with Bass Clarinet and/or E-flat piccolo are acceptable, as are pieces for only Bass Clarinet and piano. Works with electronics are not acceptable. The work’s duration must be a maximum 15 minutes.  The work may have been previously performed or awarded other prizes.

The composer of the winning work will receive $2,000. In addition, $500 will be provided toward travel/accommodation/meals. There is no application fee.

The winning work will be performed by Ithaca College faculty member and new music specialist, clarinetist Richard Faria. The composer of the winning work is expected to attend the award performance at Ithaca College on April 17, 2017. 

Submission deadline: September 15, 2016.  The winning work will be announced on the Ithaca College Heckscher Competition website by November 15, 2016.

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

For submitting materials electronically, please use the online entry form. No e-mail submissions will be accepted. To submit your materials, you will need to provide direct URLs to the following:


1.         one score in PDF format (no other format will be accepted)

2.         an audio recording (if available).  mp3 format is preferred.

3.         a text or PDF document containing your full name, address, telephone number and e-mail address. This document should be labeled with the title of your piece plus the words “contact info”, example: "Mypiece-contactinfo"


PDF, audio, and text files should be uploaded to platforms such as Dropbox, Megaupload, or any hosting space, making sure that  no part of the URL or linked page reveals the identity of the composer. Your materials must be available at the provided URL until at least November 15, 2016.


 If any questions, send an e-mail to Dr. Evis Sammoutis at



If sending hard copy, please submit:

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.)

For return of materials, a SASE must be provided.

All mail-in submissions must be received by September 15.


Mailing Address:

Dr. Evis Sammoutis

School of Music

Ithaca College

953 Danby Rd

Ithaca, NY 14850


Please note that online submission via the form below or mail-in submissions are the only valid forms of submission. Do NOT send materials or links via e-mail.

To access the online form, follow this link or copy-paste the URL below into your web browser's top window:


We strongly encourage electronic submissions



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