Composition Contest

Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble 2015-16 Composition Contest

--- RESULTS ANNOUNCED ---

As always, the contest was judged entirely anonymously; judges had no knowledge of the identity or origins of the composers. This year’s entries were quite varied stylistically. I was deeply heartened by how many people are contributing their unique voice to the realm of large jazz ensemble writing. Please keep it up!   I am very excited that we’ll be performing the winning pieces in the high school category and the winner and three honorable mention selections from the college/pro category at our upcoming March 8th concert with the IC Jazz Ensemble along with our guest artist, the fantastic trumpeter Tony Kadleck.

The concert will be web streamed live (and archived for later viewing) at:  

https://www.ithaca.edu/music/live  

I know you’ve all been waiting patiently for the results, so without further delay…  

WINNER IN THE COLLEGE/PRO COMPOSER CATEGORY
The winner will receive a prize of $300 and a performance/recording of their piece with guest artist Tony Kadleck on our March 8th concert:

  • “For the Rise of a New Day” by Cassio Vianna of Greeley, CO

HONORABLE MENTION IN THE COLLEGE/PRO COMPOSER CATEGORY
We will also be performing/recording these three pieces on our concert with Tony:

  • "La Apertura De Las Semillas" by Brian Stark of Denton, TX
  • “Metroliner” by Rick Hirsch of State College, PA
  • "Pearls of the Tartar” by John Lake of Brooklyn, NY

CO-WINNERS IN THE HIGH SCHOOL COMPOSER CATEGORY
The winners will EVENLY SPLIT the $150 prize and both receive a performance/recording of their piece with guest artist Tony Kadleck on our March 8th concert:

  • "Cross Streets" by Ethan Moffitt of Glendale, CA
  • "No Thanks" by Mark Ninmer, of Taylorville, IL

HONORABLE MENTION IN THE HIGH SCHOOL COMPOSER CATEGORY

  • Zapamietac by Matthew Slazik of Tully, NY
  • Septenarian by Reagan Casteel of Old Hickory, TN
  • Tiffany Lamp by Evan Wright of Temple City, CA

Thank you all so much for making our 6th year truly great!

-Mike

 

About the contest

The contest has been created to encourage the composition and performance of the highest possible quality of jazz ensemble literature playable by high school, honor bands, college bands and professional bands alike.  Therefore, the winners of the contest will receive a concert recording of their piece performed by Tony Kadleck with the Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble, an honorarium ($300 for category 2, $150 for category 1).  

All contest submissions must feature trumpet soloist, or at least contain a significant trumpet solo portion. Mr. Kadleck will perform and record the winning piece(s) with the IC Jazz Ensemble at this concert.

Entries will be accepted in two categories:

  1. High school students (have not yet started full-time college study), and 
  2. Professional/collegiate/all other composers.

Pieces will be judged in three areas: (1) overall musical quality, (2) playability/appropriateness for high school, college-age and professional bands alike, and (3) proper/professional notation, score/part preparation and readability.

 

Questions

​Questions can be addressed to Mike Titlebaum, director of jazz studies, at mtitlebaum@ithaca.edu.

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