Category: Competitions

Composition Competition Success Stories

Composition Competition Success Stories

COMPOSITION COMPETITION SUCCESS STORIES:   Composition Competitions can be daunting, delightful, stressful, playful … it all depends on the competition!   What makes a successful composition competition, and what environments and incentives bring composers back again and again to enter another new piece? In this article, we will explore some of the positive aspects of composition […]

Samantha Strowd – Five Cats, Something Like That

Samantha Strowd – Five Cats, Something Like That

SAMANTHA STROWD –FIVE CATS, SOMETHING LIKE THAT: Everything about the competition sounded like fun! The year was 2011.  The sponsor was a performance group in Hanover, Germany, who was giving their third annual Composers Competition.  The Plathner Eleven chamber group certainly had a sense of humor and creativity.  The rules for the competition were similar […]

Composition Competitions – Answers to Quiz

Composition Competitions – Answers to Quiz

COMPOSITION COMPETITIONS – ANSWERS TO QUIZ: Here are the answers to the little tongue-in-cheek quiz found in the article Compositions Competitions – Humor and Perspective.  Composer:  Maurice Ravel (Monsieur R) – FrenchPiece:  BoleroComments:  Although Ravel himself was not extremely fond of Bolero, calling it ” a crescendo without music”, it has caught the public fancy […]

Composition Competitions – Humor and Perspective

Composition Competitions – Humor and Perspective

COMPOSITION COMPETITIONS –HUMOR AND PERSPECTIVE:   Composition Competitions are rough.  There’s no doubt about it.  You’re putting your masterpiece out there, hoping that the judges can actually hear it and understand what you were trying to accomplish.  Sometimes they do understand your piece, and very often, for any number of reasons, they don’t.  Don’t despair.  […]

Online Composition Competitions – Pros and Cons

Online Composition Competitions – Pros and Cons

Online Composition Competitions – Pros and Cons Online composition competitions are popular and well-received, but they are not without their challenges!   Here are some of the pros and cons to conducting these competitions online. Pros: Newly composed music can reach a world-wide audience quickly and easily. Composers can post an online address to their piece […]

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