The Ithaca College School of Music administers a bi-annual wind ensemble/concert band composition contest. The prize succeeds the Walter Beeler Memorial Commission Series established in 1975. Funded by the Ithaca College School of Music, its alumni, and friends, the highly successful original series produced 10 compositions for the wind band. The Walter Beeler Memorial Composition Prize has been created to further encourage the composition and performance of the highest quality wind band literature in honor and memory of Ithaca College's renowned director of bands. During his thirty-five year tenure as conductor of the Ithaca College Concert Band, Walter Beeler ("Mr. Band") premiered a number of new compositions for wind band. His method books, arrangements, and transcriptions for wind band number nearly 200.

The next contest will occur in the fall of 2018. For a full list of contest rules and deadlines, visit Submission Guidelines, or send an inquiry to:

The Walter Beeler Memorial Composition Prize

School of Music

Ithaca College

3322 Whalen Center

Ithaca NY 14850-7250

The Walter Beeler Memorial Commission Series

  • 1975 Karel Husa Al Fresco
  • 1976 Paul Creston Liberty Song '76
  • 1977 Armand Russell Myth for Winds and Percussion
  • 1978 Alfred Reed Othello
  • 1979 Anthony Milner Concerto for Symphonic Wind Band
  • 1980 Fisher Tull Concerto Grosso for Brass Quintet and Band
  • 1981 Robert Jager Concerto for Band
  • 1982 Philip Lang Tribute
  • 1983 Roger Nixon San Joaquin Sketches
  • 1984 David Amram Andante and Variations on a Theme for Macbeth

The Walter Beeler Memorial Composition Prize

  • 1987 Paul Reale Moonrise, A Polonaise, Early Light
  • 1989 Frank Ticheli Music for Winds and Percussion
  • 1992 Warren Benson Adagietto (commissioned by Ithaca College for the College centennial)
  • 1994 Adam Gorb Metropolis
  • 1996 Jeffrey Hass Lost in the Funhouse
  • 1998 Evan Chambers Polka Nation
  • 2000 David Dzubay Myaku
  • 2002 Michael Djupstromm Homages
  • 2004 John Mackey Redline Tango
  • 2006 No Prize Awarded
  • 2008 Kathryn Salfelder Cathedrals
  • 2010 Jess Langston Turner Rumpelstilzchen
  • 2012 Viet Coung Sound and Smoke