Jazz Ensemble Composition Contest Rules

Please read this complete set of rules before submitting your piece. (Instructions for submission are found on the previous page, in the section "How to enter the contest.")

  1. Entries must be original, unpublished compositions for instrumental jazz ensemble, utilizing the following instrumentation:
    1. 5 saxophones AATTB, plus a solo alto saxophone part for Mr. Cook. Soprano sax can be written in alto 1 or tenor 1 part(s). Other woodwind doubling may be possible, but any/all woodwind doubling parts must be optional, and the chart must be playable without the doubles. If the winning piece contains woodwind doubles, the winning composer may be asked to re-send sax parts with a different configuration, depending on the strengths of the section this year.
    2. 4 trombones (3 tenor + 1 bass trombone). Common mutes are usable. Tuba may also be added with an additional part.
    3. 4 Bb trumpets. Common mutes (plunger, straight, cup, harmon, or bucket) are usable. The range and endurance of college and high school honor band trumpeters should be considered thoughtfully. Flugelhorns are also possible.
    4. Rhythm section of piano, guitar, double bass and drum set. A part for vibes or auxiliary percussion is also possible.
  2. Compositions should feature alto saxophone, or at least contain a significant portion of saxophone solo, since Mr. Cook will be the featured guest artist for the concert. In addition, other members of the jazz ensemble may also be given solos, and there can be open solo sections for the ensemble to determine soloists.
  3. No transcriptions or arrangements will be eligible, except arrangements or re-workings of the composer's own pieces.
  4. The contest is open to composers of any age, race, religion, country of residence, national origin, gender identity, or sexual orientation. However, current Ithaca College students, faculty or staff are not eligible to enter the contest. Students, faculty and staff composers are encouraged to submit pieces/arrangements to Mr. Titlebaum for consideration for performance at any time (including for this concert) but not to enter the contest itself. This rule is in place to ensure that the judges do not know the identities of the composers.
  5. The composition may already have been performed, but should have been written recently (in the past several years). The purpose of this contest is to encourage the creation of new music, but no exact time period is mandated.
  6. The purpose of the prize is to encourage the composition and performance of the highest possible quality of jazz ensemble literature for a wide range of experience levels. Therefore, the composition should be conceived and constructed for effective performance by high school honors jazz, university and professional ensembles alike.
  7. Entries should be no longer than 8 minutes in length.
  8. Compositions must be submitted with a full score and full set of parts. Compositions without a full score or complete set parts will not be considered.
  9. An audio recording of the piece must be submitted along with the online entry form. High-quality computer renditions or MIDI-based audio recordings are acceptable, but a recording of a live reading, rehearsal or performance is preferable.