The Charlotte New Music Festival (CNMF), Beo String Quartet, and Red Clay Saxophone Quartet are happy to announce our third annual composition contest. This is a call for scores by emerging and mid-career American composers aged 35 years and older who also live in the U.S.

There are two ensembles for which you may choose to submit a piece:

Submissions — due November 10, 2017 by 11:55pm EDT

Award for the winner of each category — 

  • Beo String Quartet and Red Clay Saxophone Quartet will perform the selected works at CNMF in June 2018.
  • $200 travel stipend and dorm accommodations for 4 nights at the 2018 CNMF in Charlotte, NC.
  • Be a special guest composer at the 2018 CNMF. (Give a presentation on your music, attend rehearsals of your music with Red Clay or Beo, attend other concerts and network with other guests and participants.)
  • Beo String Quartet and Red Clay Saxophone Quartet will also perform the piece during their regular 2018-19 concert season.
  • Top 10 pieces in each category will receive honorable mention.

Requirements:

  • Choose a category and submit ONE score AND all parts (ONE submission per composer):
    • string quartet (2 violins, viola, cello)
    • saxophone quartet (SATB)
  • Maximum duration is 20 minutes.
  • The work may have been previously performed.
  • Recordings are optional but highly encouraged.
  • Your bio, birth year, and mailing address.
  • $8.50 submission fee.
  • CNMF current/former staff and guest composers are ineligible for this opportunity. CNMF alumni are eligible.

Eligibility — composer applicants must:

  • Currently reside in the continental United States.
  • Be born before January 1, 1983.
  • Be willing to give a presentation on their music and attend the performance in June 2018 at the 7th annual Charlotte New Music Festival.


Both winners to be announced on Friday, January 15, 2018.

 

Previous Winners

2016
Max Duykers, Glass Blue Cleft (for string quartet). Link to score. Link to Youtube video of performance.

2015
Andrew List, String Quartet No. 5 “Time Cycles” (for string quartet)Link to scoreStudio recording by Beo String Quartet available on website (bottom of Contest page).

The Charlotte New Music Festival (CNMF) and the Red Clay Saxophone Quartet are happy to announce our third annual composition contest. This is a national call for scores by emerging and mid-career American composers aged 35 years and older.

Top 10 pieces will receive honorable mention.  

Award for winning composer — 
  • Red Clay Saxophone Quartet will perform the selected work at CNMF in June 2018. 
  • Receive a $200 travel stipend and dorm accommodations for up to 4 nights at the 2018 CNMF in Charlotte, NC. 
  • Be a special guest composer at the 2018 CNMF. (Give a presentation on your music, attend rehearsals of your music with Red Clay, attend other concerts and network with other guests and participants.)
  • Red Clay Saxophone Quartet will also perform the piece during their regular 2018-19 concert season.
 
Submissions — due November 10, 2017 by 11:45 EDT.
 
Submit ONE score AND parts for a saxophone quartet composition (saxophones: soprano, alto, tenor, baritone). Maximum duration is 20 minutes. The work may have been previously performed. Recordings are optional but highly encouraged. Please also submit a bio with birth year and your mailing address. $8.50 submission fee payable here. The fees from the submissions will be used to defray the costs of the transportation and lodging for the winner.
 
Eligibility — composer applicants must:
 
  • Currently reside in the continental United States.
  • Be born before January 1, 1983.
  • Be willing to attend the Charlotte New Music Festival during the week of June 25 at the 7th annual Charlotte New Music Festival.
  • CNMF current/former staff and guest composers are ineligible for this opportunity.
 
Winner announced on Monday, January 15.

Red Clay Sax Quartet:
The Red Clay Saxophone Quartet was formed in 2003 when the fates conspired to bring four  internationally recognized saxophonists (Susan Fancher, Robert Faub, Steven Stusek and Mark Engebretson) together in Greensboro, North Carolina.  The RCSQ takes its name from the area's luscious red soil. The Quartet presents a varied repertoire from classical to jazz to new music to tango, featuring music by composers such as Ben Johnston, György Ligeti, Chick Corea, Perry Goldstein, Francis Poulenc, Alejandro Rutty, Ben Boone, Steve Reich, Mark Engebretson, Martin Bresnick, Burton Beerman and Gavin Bryars.  Red Clay offers a variety of concert programs, including Sax Appeal, French Connections, 
Composers of the Carolinas, Never Too Tango and Tikvah.

The Charlotte New Music Festival (CNMF) and the Beo String Quartet are happy to announce our third annual composition contest. This is a national call for scores by emerging and mid-career American composers aged 35 years and older.
 
Top 10 pieces will receive honorable mention. 

Award for winning composer — 
  • Beo String Quartet will perform the selected work at CNMF in June 2018. 
  • Receive a $200 travel stipend and dorm accommodations for up to 4 nights at the 2018 CNMF in Charlotte, NC. 
  • Be a special guest composer at the 2018 CNMF. (Give a presentation on your music, attend rehearsals of your music with Red Clay, attend other concerts and network with other guests and participants.)
  • Beo String Quartet will also perform the piece during their regular 2018-19 concert season.
  • Top 10 pieces will receive honorable mention.
 
Submissions — due November 10, 2017 by 11:45 EDT.
 
Submit ONE score AND parts for a string quartet composition (2 violins, viola, cello). Maximum duration is 20 minutes. The work may have been previously performed. Recordings are optional but highly encouraged. Please also submit a bio with birth year and your mailing address. $8.50 submission fee payable here. The fees from the submissions will be used to defray the costs of the transportation and lodging for the winner.
 
Eligibility — composer applicants must:
  • Currently reside in the continental United States.
  • Be born before January 1, 1983.
  • Be willing to attend the Charlotte New Music Festival during the week of June 25 at the 7th annual Charlotte New Music Festival.
  • CNMF current/former staff and guest composers are ineligible for this opportunity.
 
Winner announced on Monday, January 15.