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Call for Scores

Grand Opening of the new
TCU Music Center

The TCU School of Music is pleased to announce its 2020 Call for Scores of TCU Students and Alumni.

TCU students will perform the winning compositions, judged by our TCU School of Music panel, during the grand opening week of the new TCU Music Center held in Fort Worth, TX: September 23, 2020.

There are no age, gender, or geographic limitations as to who may submit a score. There is no entry fee charge and submissions are anonymous. The composer must be either currently enrolled as a TCU student or an alumnus of TCU. All applicants may enter one score. Those who fulfill more than one category may choose one category to enter. A facilitator receives the scores and presents them anonymously to the panel of judges comprised of faculty of the TCU School of Music.

The TCU School of Music is honoring the grand opening of their new, state-of-the-art building, the TCU Music Center, which includes a breathtaking and grand lobby entrance, along with the Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU, a 700 seat, acoustically-perfect concert hall. Four evenings will be dedicated to extraordinary performances by TCU School of Music students and faculty, as well as, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and a recent gold-medalist in the Cliburn International Piano Competition (artist to be announced soon). Each night will feature a pre-concert fanfare to welcome patrons and excite the audience for the concert to follow.

Submission Deadline: March 8, 2020
Announcement of winner(s): April 1, 2020
Entry Fee: $0.00

Submissions are anonymous and composers MUST replace their names with a pseudonym on any pages in the score where their name appears.

Instrumentation

  • TCU Alumni: Trombone Ensemble
  • Current TCU Student category: Trumpet Ensemble

Prize

  • TCU Alumni: $1,500
  • Current TCU Student category: $1,000

There are no age or geographic requirements for submitting composers; however, the composer must be either currently enrolled as a TCU student or an alumnus of TCU.

The work should be a composition of no more than 5 minutes in length. The work should be a composition for up to eight individual parts and written with collegiate students in mind. The trumpet ensemble composition can be scored for up to 12-16 players and may include the use of flugelhorn, B-flat, C, E-flat, and piccolo trumpet. Please note that parts could be doubled at the performance.

The work may NOT have been commercially published, nor previously awarded a prize in any contest or competition nor premiered or recorded elsewhere.

The work must have been written in the past 10 years.

Works requiring electronics are eligible provided any required technology, including playback devices, mics, cables, stands, speakers, etc., are supplied and operated by the composer or the composer’s representative.

Although we cannot fund travel or hotel costs, the TCU School of Music strongly encourages and welcomes the submitting composers to plan to attend the concert and rehearsals.

An archival video and audio of the performance will be available to the winning composer.

We are ONLY accepting submissions electronically, as PDF files.

Only the title of the piece, a pseudonym, and instrumentation may appear on the score. Be sure to remove your name from any pages where it appears in the PDF (cover, interior, copyright, etc.). Failure to OMIT your real name will result in disqualification.

The file should be named using your pseudonym: “mypseudonym_TCUsubmission2020.pdf”

A second PDF document must contain your full name, the pseudonym used on the score, address, phone number, and email address. It should be named using your pseudonym: “mypseudonym_contactinfo2020.pdf”

Submission Materials: (please no Word or Text documents, PDF only)

– 1 PDF Score, marked with a pseudonym, named: “mypseudonym_TCUsubmission2020.pdf”

– 1 PDF Information Document, named: “mypseudonym_contactinfo2020.pdf”

Failure to adhere to the submission guidelines will result in the work’s disqualification.
Recordings (mp3) – live or MIDI realizations – may be sent, but are not required.

The TCU School of Music enlists a facilitator, who is the only person to see your forms, receives the scores and presents them anonymously to the panel of judges comprised of faculty in the TCU School of Music.

Questions?
Dr. Elizabeth Kirkendoll
817-257-4796
e.kirkendoll@tcu.edu

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