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

ABOUT THE 2021-22 CONTEST

THE 2021-22 CONTEST IS CLOSED. THE RESULTS OF THE CONTEST WILL BE POSTED ON THIS PAGE SOON.

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 Whalen Center for 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.

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