2011 Young Composer Competition: Rock cover

Download the application here

Submissions must be postmarked by May 15, 2011

Requirements: Submissions must be 4-10 minutes long and written for a minimum of four players from the Fifth House roster (wind quintet, violin, viola, cello, bass, piano). Auxiliary instruments such as piccolo, alto flute, English horn, E-flat and bass clarinet, and toy piano are also available as doubles, and rock covers can include a part for drum set. The piece may have been previously performed but must not be published. Special consideration will be given to pieces with mixed wind and string instrumentation. Please submit a full score and a set of parts for your piece by mail or email in PDF format, with a recording (MIDI is acceptable). Please also include a brief paragraph that describes the song you chose to adapt, and your thought process in arranging it. Please note that materials will not be returned unless you include a self-addressed envelope with full postage. Winners will be notified by e-mail on or before July 1, 2011.

Application Fee: $25 payable by check to Fifth House Ensemble and mailed with your application.

Age Requirement: Applicants must be born on or after May 1, 1976. Please include a copy of your driver’s license, passport, or birth certificate for age verification.

Submissions can be mailed to:
Fifth House Ensemble
Melissa Snoza, Executive Director
4361 Bunker Hill Drive
Algonquin, IL 60102

Or e-mailed in PDF format to: melissa@blueberryln.com/stage/5he

Prize: The grand prize winner will receive $500, and will have his/her piece programmed and performed on our 2011-2012 series in downtown Chicago. A professional recording will be produced from the live performance. A special prize may be awarded to an outstanding local applicant (from IL, WI, or IN), and his/her piece will be programmed and performed on a non-series Fifth House concert in the Chicago area.

Rock Cover Programming: Fifth House is committed to presenting works new and old, and we can’t deny the presence of pop music in our collective ear. Over the last three years, we’ve experimented with covers including Muse, Queen, Korn, and Evanescence. We’re excited to see what young composers do with this challenge. Be creative! You can re-imagine an existing tune, or write an original. Extended techniques are perfectly acceptable as long as they are performable in a variety of halls. If you anticipate amplification, please specify how you would like this accomplished.

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