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The JMU Wind Symphony and Composition Department are pleased to announce the fourth 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 student during the spring 2018 semester.

Eligibility - Current JMU students that are enrolled in composition lessons or have completed at least one semester of composition study at JMU.  Preference will be given to works composed while studying composition at JMU.

Recommended Duration – 6 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 26, 2018.  LATE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. 

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

  • Two professionally produced copies of the score
  • MP3 of a high-quality midi realization of the piece (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. 

Adjudication and of Responsibilities of Winners

  • 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(s) will discuss and agree to a strict deadline for the creation and delivery of performance materials.
  • The winning composer(s) 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.

PrizeThe winning composition(s) will be rehearsed and performed by the JMU Wind Symphony or Symphonic Band under the direction of Dr. Bolstad during the Spring 2019 semester. 

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2017 Winner - Postcards from Saturn: What Cassini Saw by Brian Junttila


2016 Winner - King of Kings by Lucas Garner


2016 Winner - Prelude and Gloria by Douglas Byler


2015 Winner - Molotov by Chris Cerreto

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