WSMTA is seeking candidates for the 2021 Commissioned Composer of the Year.
The Commissioned Composer will receive $1,500 when the new composition is premiered at the 2021 WSMTA State Conference next June. For this year’s composition, the committee is seeking an upper-intermediate level piano solo or duet, piano and voice, or piano and another instrument.
Given the increased stress and difficulties facing musicians during this time, the Commissioned Composer Committee is extending the deadline from July 1st to July 15th, and clarifying the guidelines for those who wish to submit.
For the 2021 composition, the committee would prefer an upper-intermediate level piano solo or duet, piano and voice, or piano and another instrument. However, the committee is open to other instrumentation, keeping in mind the financial responsibility of the composer. The committee is also open to pieces at a variety of levels. Because levels can interpreted in a variety of different ways; the committee is especially interested in a piece that corresponds to the difficulty of the following repertoire:
Beethoven: Sonata Op. 49 #2
Schumann: Album for the Young: The Horseman #23
Mendelssohn: Song Without Words Op. 102 #3
Debussy Children’s Corner
Kabalevsky: Prelude Op. 38 #2
In making the choice for this level, a general guideline would be to think towards advanced rather than to try to be within a perceived range of intermediate.
The composer must reside in Washington State and, preferably, be a WSMTA member. The committee will also assist the composer in submitting the winning composition to the MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year Competition. The winner of the national competition receives a $5,000 prize, a performance opportunity at the national conference, and inclusion of the score in the MTNA archives at the University of Cincinnati.
The commissioned composer will be responsible for financial and logistics regarding performers, rehearsals, and performance of the winning composition, and also provide copies for the WSMTA archives. The committee suggests that the piece be for one or two performers.
If you wish to be considered, please submit the follow to Louise Nedela, [email protected], by July 1st :
- two representative scores (PDF) and recordings (MP3)
- a short bio
- contact information
- a synopsis of your intended project that adheres to the requirements
Please feel free to contact Louise with any questions! She can be reached by email or phone: (360)448-8572.