Sunday, July 29, 2007

51st ABA/Ostwald Original Band Composition Award

The American Bandmasters Association will hold the 51st ABA/Ostwald Original Band Composition Award during the winter of 2007 with a November 9, 2007 deadline for submission.

The ABA/Ostwald Award was the first competition for compositions of band music in the United States, and is one of the most prestigious awards in that field. Since 1956 it has stimulated the creation of many important new compositions, thereby enriching the entire spectrum of concert band activity. Because of its continuity, this award has produced more concert band music than any other competition of its kind. Literally thousands of musicians have performed the works of contest winners for their appreciative audiences.

The Contest Committee composed of ABA members, reviews the rules, then screens and judges the entries annually. Entries are unidentified as to composer and are judged entirely on merit, thereby insuring complete artistic integrity.

The winning composition will be performed during the 2008 annual American Bandmasters Association Convention in Miami, Florida.

deadline: November 9, 2007


Flute/s, Oboe/s, Bassoon/s, 1st-2nd-3rd Bb Clarinets, Bb Bass Clarinet, Eb Alto Saxophone/s, Bb Tenor saxophone, Eb Baritone Saxophone, Cornets/Trumpets (at least three parts), 1st-2nd-3rd-4th F Horns, Trombones (at least three parts), Euphonium/s, Tuba/s, Percussion. Score may include Piccolo, English Horn, Eb Clarinet, Eb Alto Clarinet, Eb and/or Bb Contra Bass Clarinet/s, String Bass, etc. Percussion may include Piano or any other keyboard instrument, and anything else from which a sound can be produced. The composer may specify one player per part (Wind Ensemble) or multiple players per part (Symphonic Band).