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, 1984, whose music has not been previously performed by the Society for New Music. Two awards will be made: one for $750 and another for $250. Also, each of the two prize-winning compositions will be performed by the Society for New Music during the 2014-2015 season.
Application and Deadline
Send score and CD or cassette recording (strongly recommended, if available), postmarked no later than May 1, 2014, to:
Brian M. Israel Prize
c/o Samuel Pellman
Hamilton College Department of Music
198 College Hill Rd.
Clinton, NY 13323
- 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.
- Online registration. Go to this online form to provide required information.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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 2014.
Parts are the responsibility of the winning composers and must be available by September 1, 2014. 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.
The 2014 Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award
Deadline: April 15, 2014
The University Of Illinois School Of Music presents The 2014 Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award.
Eligibility: Any composer, regardless of age or nationality. Previous winners, faculty, and currently-enrolled students at the University of Illinois are ineligible for the competition.
Awards: First Prize cash award of $1,000 and second prize cash award of $500 plus performances by the University of Illinois New Music Ensemble in November of 2014 at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Additional awards and performances may be given at the discretion of the judges.
Judges: A panel of judges consisting of international composers and University of Illinois music composition faculty members will select the winning compositions. The winning composers are expected to attend the award concert/reception and will be responsible for their transportation costs (the competition will provide a stipend for lodging). The winning composers will assume full responsibility for providing adequate performance materials upon request.
1. Medium: Full scores of any style or aesthetic direction for one to 15 performers (including vocalists) may be submitted. Works for tape, electronics and/or mixed media with or without instruments/voices are eligible.
2. Duration: 20 minutes maximum
3. Limit: One entry per composer
4. Entry fee: A non-refundable entry fee of twenty US dollars (20.00 USD) is paid online at the time of submission. All major credit cards are accepted.
5. Anonymous Submission: The composer's name must not appear on the score or in any accompanying materials submitted online.
Entries must be submitted and paid for online by Monday, April 15, 2014 11:59PM CST.
For more information and to submit scores go to: http://camil.music.illinois.edu/comptheory/awards/martirano.html.