The JMU Wind Symphony and Composition Department are pleased to announce the third annual “New Music for Wind Ensemble” Composition Competition, providing an opportunity for the performance of a new work for wind ensemble composed by a JMU composition major during the spring 2017 semester.

Eligibility - All JMU composition majors taking lessons during the 2017-2018 academic year.  Preference will be given to works composed while studying composition study at JMU.

Recommended Duration – 5 to 10 minutes. 

Instrumentation - While students will have some flexibility regarding instrumentation, they are encouraged to consider adhering to relatively standard collegiate wind ensemble instrumentation.  Composers are encouraged to discuss instrumentation in detail with their primary teacher while working on the piece and may consult with Dr. Bolstad about any extended or unusual instrumentation requests.

Deadline - Dr. Guinivan must receive all entries by 5:00pm on Monday, November 27, 2017.  LATE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. 

Entry Guidelines - On or before the deadline, please submit the following:

  • Two professionally produced copies of the score
  • MP3 of a high-quality midi realization of the piece (this can be emailed to Dr. Guinivan)

ANONYMOUS ENTRY REQUIREMENT: Entries will be anonymous.  Both the score and recording should be free of any markings that identify the composer. 

Selection of Winner

  • One or two winning compositions will be selected for programming in the Spring 2017 semester.
  • The competition will be adjudicated by Dr. Bolstad, Dr. Haney, and Dr. Guinivan, possibly with one or two other guest adjudicators from the School of Music Faculty.
  • The winning composer will discuss and agree to a strict deadline for the creation and delivery of performance materials.
  • The winning composer will be expected to provide sample parts and review them with Dr. Guinivan prior to the deadline.  The final parts/performance materials will be held to the highest professional production standards.
  • Submitted compositions that are not selected are eligible to be resubmitted in subsequent years that the composer is in residence at JMU.  
  • NOTE: The jury reserves the right to award no prize if all submitted scores are not of an appropriate standard of excellence.

Prize: The winning composition will be rehearsed and performed by the JMU Wind Symphony or Symphonic Band under the direction of Dr. Bolstad during the Spring 2017 semester. 

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2016 Winner - King of Kings by Lucas Garner

Video coming soon!


2016 Winner - Prelude and Gloria by Douglas Byler


2015 Winner - Molotov by Chris Cerreto

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