Attention all young composers! The New York Arts Ensemble is holding a young composer competition with a submission deadline of January 7, 2011.
With all the snow that is forecasted to fall this week, pull out the manuscript paper and recording devices because a great composition could win you: a $1,000 cash prize, a performance the 2011 Tribeca New Music festival, a CD of the performance and if you are lucky, a review in publications such as: The New York Times and TimeOut NY.
Calling anyone under 21
The competition is open to young composers 21 and under. “Our audience is comprised of a rather wide age range,” says Preston Stahly, Artistic and Executive Director of the New York Arts Ensemble,”it’s common to see kids from grade school, high school and college.”
In fact, according to Mr. Stahly, the youngest winners have been only 16-years-old. They are: Mr. Sebastian Chang from California, who won in 2004 and Ms. Maya Levina in 1999. Ms. Levina won when she was a student at NYC’s LaGuardia Arts High School.
Birth of a Competition
The New York Arts Ensemble believes strongly that “cutting edge new music composed by living artists’ plays a vital role in the creativity, inspiration and the very survival of our culture,” Stahly says. “The NYAE board of directors feels that it is important to encourage the next generation of composers who will be filling our shoes in the future.” So, to make this happen, NYAE created the young composer competition in 1998.
NYAE is so dedicated to encouraging young composers, that it offers two other awards to youngsters who show promise with their submissions but were unable to grab the top prize. The two categories are: Honorable Mention and Emerging Composer. These categories do not award a cash prize or a performance, but young composers are able to add those distinctions to their resumes and bios.
More then just a cash prize
A Cash prize and a performance at a prominent NY New Music festival aside, what is really invaluable to the young composers is the experience and exposure they gain from such a competition. The winner of the top prize will also get the experience of having their music rehearsed by some of the finest musicians in the world and the opportunity to develop professional bonds.
Tips for a winning composition
So what does a winning composition look like? According to Stahly and the Guidelines outlined in the New York Arts Ensemble website, a great composition will have the following:
- A neat and legible score. This is very important as the condition of the score will reflect your attitude about yourself and your music. They should have clearly printed notes with easy and logical page turns.
- Show strong musical ideas that will capture the imagination of the audience.
- Uses Harmony wisely.
- Have a strong sense of personal style that gets the composer’s point across.
For more information and submission guidelines visit. www.nyae.org
To all the young composers out there: Good luck!