Composition Competition: Fanfare for the Hartford Woman

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce a unique opportunity for composers to create a companion piece to Aaron Copland’s iconic Fanfare for the Common Man. Fanfare for the Hartford Woman will be a short composition inspired by the Copland masterpiece, utilizing a similar instrumentation and duration. Applicants are invited to submit an original composition for consideration by the HSO’s Music Director, Carolyn Kuan, and artistic staff. Following are the winning prize, rules and eligibility, and application procedures.

The winning prize includes:

  • Five performances of the winning composition as follows:
    • Discovery Concert: Heroes! 5/20/15, 10:30am
      Mortensen Hall, The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Hartford, CT
      Conducted by Glen Adsit, The Hartt School Director of Bands
      For more concert information: Heroes
    • Masterworks Concert: Mahler’s Fourth, 5/28/15 – 5/31/15, Various Times
      Belding Theater, The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Hartford, CT
      Conducted by Carolyn Kuan, HSO Music Director
      Concert information: Mahler’s Fourth
  • Travel & accommodations to attend rehearsals and concerts.
  • $1,000 Cash Award

Competition entries are due by April 1, 2015, 12:00pm EST.

Rules and Eligibility

Only US citizens, permanent residents, and current foreign students at American schools may apply.

There is no minimum age for eligible composers.

Works with a professional performance history are not eligible.

Only one work may be submitted by each composer.

Instrumentation may not exceed 4 French Horns, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, 1 Tuba and 3 Percussion including Timpani.

Duration should be no more than 4 minutes.

The winning composer must provide 2 full scores and a full set of parts printed on high quality paper.

Scores must be of a legibility suitable for efficient rehearsal and performance. Parts must be carefully proofread, and of a legibility suitable for efficient rehearsal and performance, with good page turns, and ample rehearsal numbers and cues. We recommend that all entrants consult our guidelines for preparing score and parts as shown below.

The winning composer may be asked to participate in education, community engagement and public relations activities during the performance weeks.

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra retains unlimited rights to future performance opportunities. Printed scores and instrumental parts remain the property of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

How to Apply

Send ONE email to fanfarecompetition@www.hartfordsymphony.org containing the following items as attachments:

  • A one page resume
  • Completed entry form [download]
  • One PDF score of your composition
  • One PDF sample instrumental part
  • One MP3 sound file for your composition (computer realizations are welcome)

Competition entries are due by April 1, 2015, 12:00pm EST.

Guidelines for Preparing Score and Parts
  1. It is essential to produce scores large enough to read comfortably in rehearsal and performance. If you only have access to a letter-size printer, please make sure your staff size is not smaller than 7mm.
  2. Scores must be printed on both sides of the page, bound either with a plastic spiral or stapled into a book-like format. Standard “copier paper” may be too flimsy. Heavier weight paper is better. Parts should be folded, stapled, or taped, but not comb bound.
  3. Instruments need to be clearly labeled at the left margin of the score, and staves for pairs of instruments must always be clearly labeled, including indications for a2, solo, etc. Tempo markings should use metronome indications whenever possible.
  4. Orchestra scores are best notated with all instruments shown in their proper transposition. In transposed scores it is important to indicate whether Trumpets are in Bb or C, Horns are in F, and to label any other transposing instruments. If you prefer to keep your scores in concert pitch, they must be clearly marked as such.
  5. Page turns need to work in real time, plan ample time for each musician to turn at the end of every right-side page.
  6. Final approval of all orchestral parts is at the discretion of the HSO librarian.

Any questions about the application process should be directed to Steve Collins, HSO Director of Artistic Operations and Administration: scollins@www.hartfordsymphony.org

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