The Lake George Music Festival is a strong supporter of contemporary classical music, and will annually host an international competition to promote its continued development and dissemination. Our mission is to find and recruit the next generation of leading composers and promote their work to the world at large. We will pair the most promising works with our roster of exceptional performers, fostering long-lasting relationships between artists of the highest caliber. Promoting the movement that contemporary music is alive, inspirational, and relevant to every community, we are doing our part to connect Lake George with the evolution of this tradition.
Composers of any nationality will submit ONE complete original work composed after January 1st, 2008. Composers must be between the ages of 18 and 35 at the time of submission. Past winners and current students of the jury are not eligible to participate. The composition must be between 8 and 15 minutes in duration. It must be scored for 3 to 8 players from the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, or piano. Any combination is acceptable, however only two of the same instrument may be included; example: maximum of 2 flutes, 2 oboes, piano four hands, etc. Works for two or more pianos or electronic/amplified instruments are not acceptable.
One winner will be selected to have their work performed live at the Lake George Music Festival’s forthcoming season. The winning composer will be invited to Lake George to work with the musicians performing their piece (August 14-22, 2013) where lodging and 2 meals per day will be provided free of charge. The winner will also be awarded a modest stipend to assist with travel costs and a professional audio recording of the performance. Attendance at the festival is encouraged but not required. Several finalists will also be announced; these works will be kept in the LGMF music library for future programming considerations. There is no cash prize.
Submissions will be reviewed anonymously in two rounds. A preliminary screening will be conducted by members of the Lake George Music Festival Administration. A final round will be adjudicated by David Ludwig, Composition Faculty and Artistic Chair of Performance, Curtis Institute of Music.
The submission period is from November 1st, 2012 to January 31st, 2013. Please submit the following via ONE email with attachments.
1) An anonymous .pdf file of the composition score and an accompanying anonymousrecording in either MP3 or AAC file format. No third-party submission sites, MIDI files or ZIP files will be accepted. 25 megabytes (MB) is the total combined maximum for attachments. Both files shall be named with only the title of the work. Any materials submitted with composer identifying marks (e.g. full or partial name, affiliated institution, publisher, etc.) will be immediately disqualified.
2) A curriculum vitae with complete contact information (this will not be viewed by jury members).
There is no application fee. There is no formal application form. Please email submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line of the email should be “LGMF Composition Competition” followed by your full name. Application materials must be submitted electronically; no postal mail submissions will be accepted. Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged by return email. Results will be announced by March 15th, 2013. Any questions regarding the competition should be directed to Alexander Lombard at email@example.com.
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