Wednesday, October 20, 2004

ArtSong Competition Application Deadline: January 15, 2005 Seeks works for voice and piano (with one additional instrument an option) for their ArtSong Competition. Cash awards and performances. For complete information, visit Details The American Composers Forum and The Schubert Club are pleased to announce a Call for Scores for its ArtSong Competition. Composers are invited to submit works for voice and piano, with optional accompaniment of one additional instrument. ArtSong is designed to honor the best in current American art song and to provide composers with a prominent presentation of their music. The competition capitalizes on the presence of international caliber vocalists who are scheduled to perform at the June 2005 Saint Paul Summer Song Festival, including Dawn Upshaw, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Nathan Gunn, and Michael Schade. GUIDELINES Eligibility: Scores are invited from composers who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. There is no age limit and students are welcome. Applicants need not be members of the American Composers Forum, but are encouraged to join. Winning composers must be current members in order to receive the award. Membership status will not be considered in the selection process. Work: Composers may submit works for piano and one of the following voice parts: soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, or baritone. Optional accompaniment of one additional instrument may be drawn from the following: fl, ob, cl, eh, bs cl, bn, hn, tpt, tbn, perc, vn, va, vc, cb. Works containing electronic components/ content are eligible, but composers must provide all hardware and software necessary for performance. There is no limit to the number of entries per composer. Duration: Works may be a single song, a song cycle or group of songs (3-15 minutes duration). Text: The work may be a setting of any sacred or secular text in any common language. The rights to all texts must be secured; entries with texts that are not public domain must include documentation of permission/rights. Performance History: As the program's intent is to showcase new works, preference will be given to unperformed works. However, works with a limited performance history will also be considered. Submitted works must be unpublished and composed within the past five years. AWARDS First Prize: $1000, Performance by one of the above vocalists at 2005 St. Paul Summer Song Festival. Second Prize: $750 and Third Prize: $500; Note: While Second and Third place works may be presented, these works cannot be guaranteed a performance. SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS Applications must include the following: *       One bound and legible score. Please indicate duration and voice part. *       Program notes with date of composition, including the work's performance history, if any. *       Proof of public domain or author's written permission for use of text. *       Biography for publicity purposes, not to exceed two pages. Please include complete contact information. *       Recording (MIDI is acceptable) of the submitted work, if available. *       A self-addressed, stamped envelope for return of materials (optional). Deadline:  Postmarked on or before January 15, 2005. Selection Process: Applications and scores will be screened for completeness by ACF staff. Final selection and programming decisions will be based on a high level of artistic quality and made by an independent panel of experts. The names of the 2005 panelists will be announced after the selections are complete. Note: American Composers Forum and The Schubert Club reserve the right not to make an award. Winners will be notified by March 1, 2005. Send to: ArtSong Competition American Composers Forum 332 Minnesota Street, Suite E145 Saint Paul, MN 55101 For additional information, contact David Wolff at 651-251-2833, or email.