Society for New Music


Brian Israel Award

The Society for New Music and the New York Federation of Music Clubs seek to encourage promising New York State composers of student age or those just beginning their professional careers.

Eligibility and Award
The competition is open to any composer living in New York State, born on or after May 1, 1986, whose music has not been previously performed by the Society for New Music. Two $750 awards will be made. Also, each of the two prize-winning compositions will be performed by the Society for New Music during the 2016-2017 season.

Application and Deadline
Send score and CD or cassette recording (strongly recommended, if available), postmarked no later than May 1, 2016, to:
Brian M. Israel Prize
c/o Samuel Pellman
Hamilton College Department of Music
198 College Hill Rd.
Clinton, NY 13323


  1. Anonymous submission. The composer's name is not to appear anywhere on the manuscript itself, nor on any accompanying recording. A composer may submit only one work.
  2. Online registration. Go to this online form to provide required information.
  3. Works should be concert music for one to seven performers, in any combination of instruments, tape, and/or solo voices. Choral music will not be considered.
  4. The Society for New Music assumes no responsibility for the safety of the materials submitted. Materials will be returned only if accompanied by self-addressed mailer and sufficient postage (SASE).
  5. Submissions not complying with the rules of the competition will be disqualified, as will scores not meeting minimum professional standards of notation.

A panel of composers, conductors and performers will judge compositions on originality, artistic promise, technical skill and effectiveness in performance. The judges reserve the right to recommend that no award be given. Their decision will be announced in June 2016.

Parts are the responsibility of the winning composers and must be available by September 1, 2016. The winning composers will each be expected to attend one rehearsal and the performance.

so who's brian israel?

Brian Israel, 1951-1986, a pianist, composer, and conductor who performed with the Society for New Music for many years, received his MFA and DMA degrees from Cornell University. A native of the Bronx, he studied with Lawrence Widdoes, Ulysses Kay, Robert Palmer, Burrill Phillips and Karel Husa. He joined the Syracuse University School of Music faculty upon completion of his graduate studies, and remained there until his untimely death from leukemia at age 35. He was a popular and much-loved professor. A prolific composer, Brian won several awards and received numerous commissions, among them a commission from the Society for New Music. Several of his works have been recorded on Spectrum, Redwood, and Pro-Viva.

other grants

The 2016 ALEA III International Composition Competition
Deadline: July 1, 2016

ALEA III, the New Music Ensemble in residence at Boston University, Theodore Antoniou, music director, announces the 32nd International Composition Competition 2016 in conjunction with the 2016 Naxos Bassoon Days seminar and the 2016 ALEA III Summer Meetings. The purpose of the prize is the creation and/or promotion of works for one or multiple bassoons by young professional composers of all nationalities under 40 years old. Several prizes will be awarded.

For complete guidelines and application information, visit the website.

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