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THE DAVID P ('60) AND SUSAN W. WOHLHUETER JAZZ ENSEMBLE COMPOSITION CONTEST

ABOUT THE 2021-22 CONTEST

The Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble is pleased to announce the 11th composition contest! The ensemble is eager to continue this wonderful tradition. The guest artist for this year’s contest is saxophonist/vocalist/flutist Camille Thurman, who will perform the winning pieces with the Jazz Ensemble.

The contest has been created to encourage composers to write for big bands and to give Ithaca College students the experience of evaluating and performing new music. Students participate in the judging of the contest. 

This year, the contest prize for the winning composer is $1000 (US). The entry fee is $25. The Jazz Ensemble plans to perform the winning piece in concert with Camille Thurman as guest soloist on March 5, 2022, 8:15pm in Ford Hall at the Ithaca College School of Music (assuming COVID conditions allow). The concert will also be live streamed.

A complete list of winning pieces and composers from previous years can be found at:

https://www.ithaca.edu/academics/school-music/ensembles/jazz/composition-contest/previous-winners

JUDGING CRITERIA

Judges will use six primary criteria to assess submissions: quality, suitability, tradition, accessibility, appropriate level of difficulty, and professional notation. See contest rules for more details on judging criteria.

HOW TO ENTER THE CONTEST

Once you have read the complete rules, prepare the three digital files for upload (more details below):

  1. The score of your piece in PDF form
  2. The parts of your piece combined into a single PDF
  3. A demo recording

PDFs OF YOUR PIECE

Please divide your piece into two distinct PDF files: One for the score, and another for the parts. If you use Finale, you will need to first generate separate PDFs for each part, then combine them into a single PDF (on Mac OS, you can open a PDF with Preview, then add additional PDF parts with Edit --> Insert --> Page from File). Sibelius has the option to export "All parts only (one file)."

The contest must remain anonymous to be fair. The judges are allowed to know the name of your piece, but no other identifying information about you. Make the file names "[PIECE TITLE] SCORE.PDF" and "[PIECE TITLE] PARTS.PDF" but replace [PIECE TITLE] with the name of your piece. Ensure that your PDF files contain no identifying information, in neither the pages themselves nor in the PDF fields such as Title, Author, Subject or Keywords. If you have performance instructions or background about the piece that would help the judges understand it, you may include text at the beginning of the score. But it is critical that any such text contain no identifying information. Any identifying information in the files or PDF fields will disqualify your piece.

DEMO RECORDING AUDIO FILE

You are required to include a demo recording of your piece here. High quality electronic/MIDI realizations, sight-readings, rehearsals or overdubbed/virtual band recordings or performances of the piece can be OK for this purpose, although the submitted file must be an audio file. Permitted file formats for this demo are mp3, mp4, aiff, aif, wav, m4a, or aac. Judges will listen to this demo as they follow along in your score, so the more the demo sounds like your piece, the better. 

Ensure that your audio file contains no identifying information, neither in the audio itself nor in the file's metadata, such as title, artist, composer, genre, notes, or any other field. Please edit out any announcements before or after the music; no names or other identifying information should be audible in the recording. Any identifying information contained in the attached audio file will disqualify your piece. 

The combined files of your submission, including the PDFs and audio file added together, can not total more than 25MB.

Once you have prepared all your files, submit your piece and $25 entry fee online at the following page:

https://ithacaedu.formstack.com/forms/composition_contest_2021_22

QUESTIONS

General contest questions can be addressed to Mike Titlebaum, Director of Jazz Studies at mtitlebaum@ithaca.edu.

IMPORTANT NOTE

Please send questions before January 3, 2022. Questions received after that date may not be answered before the contest deadline. In any correspondence, do not include any specific aspects about your piece, because doing so may breach confidentiality of the judging process.

We’re looking forward to hearing your music!

~Mike