Beeler Memorial Composition Prize

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 2016.  For a full list of contest rules and deadlines, visit Competition Details, 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

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