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ATSSB Composition Competition

ATSSB Composition Competition

sponsored by the Association of Texas Small School Bands

(updated 1-29-15)


The purpose of the Composition Competition is to promote quality compositions written for small school bands.


Winners
2010 Paramount Park Eric Rath
2012 Egypt, the Awakening Billy Newman
2014 And Sail Away Jack Wilds
2016 Where Morning Dawns, Where Evening Fades Eric Rath



Eligibility

This contest is an equal opportunity for all composers regardless of gender, culture, color, national origin, race, ethnicity or religious belief.

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Scope

Submissions must be original unpublished compositions or concert marches, not for sale or rental from a publisher composed for Levels 1, 2 or 3 as exemplified by pieces currently on the Texas University Interscholastic League Prescribed Music List. There is no limit to the number of movements, nor style. Instrumentation shall conform to that of pieces currently on the UIL Prescribed Music List for concert band.

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Sequence

Every two years.

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Award

There may only be one winner with as many honorable mentions as the committee recommends. The winning composition will be published by TRN Music Publisher, Inc. and will be premiered by the ATSSB All-State Concert Band in even years; a letter of endorsement from ATSSB will be sent to the UIL Prescribed Music Committee. Honorable mentions will receive a letter of endorsement from ATSSB to publishers of the composer's choice for publication. If the committee determines that no submission is meritorious, no winner will be selected, although honorable mentions may be given.

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Oversight

A Composition Competition Coordinator will be appointed to chair a committee which shall administer all aspects of the competition. The Coordinator as well as the competition shall be overseen by and reported to the ATSSB Executive Secretary and the ATSSB State Board of Directors.

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Procedures

  • A composer may submit one concert piece and/or one march.
  • Compositions transmitted via fax will not be accepted.
  • Compositions shall be submitted by June 1 in odd years beginning in 2013, with 1 full score in pdf format and 1 recording of the highest possible quality using the specific instrumentation indicated in the score in mp3 format.
  • Live recordings are preferred, but synthesized recordings are acceptable.
  • If more than 10 compositions are received, the judging panel may pick the top 10 entries to send to the adjudication panel for final adjudication.
  • The composer's name may not appear on the score or recording.
  • The composer's name may be on the email containing the score and recording, but any contents with the composer's name will not be accepted for evaluation.
  • An email containing the completed entry form which has the composer's name and contact information should be sent with the pdf file of the score and the mp3 file of the recording. The recording should be identified by title only.
  • Entrants are advised to send all entries to the ATSSB Composition Coordinator (bmcclure@me.com) and ask for an acknowledgement of receipt from him.
  • Submitted pdf and mp3 files will be retained for archival research.

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Adjudication

An adjudication panel of 5 judges will evaluate the submissions and select one winner and as many honorable mentions as are deserving. The panel shall include 3 current ATSSB Active Members and 2 people selected from the composition field and/or from people promoting compositions at these levels. If the committee determines that no submission is meritorious, no winner will be selected, although honorable mentions may be given.

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Results

The Winner will be announced at the ATSSB General Session held at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in July after the entry deadline. Composers will be notified of the judges' decision following the public announcement. The decision of the composition committee will be final and no correspondence may be entered into regarding the award. All performance, copyright, and royalty rights remain with the composer. ATSSB reserves premier performance privileges by the ATSSB Concert Band in even years, although the published version may be made available for sale at the TMEA convention-clinic in the year of the premier. The winning composer will be required to submit by December 1 a full set of parts suitable for photocopying for use in the premier of the work.

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Frequency

A composer may win the contest any number of times.

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If you have any further questions, feel free to send an email to Composition Competition Chair Bob McClure for a quick response. You may also contact the ATSSB State Office for help at 713-874-1151.


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