June 17, 2005

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES “CREATIVE KIDS” COMPOSITION CONTEST


Portland, Ore. … Young composers are invited to submit their work for the “Creative Kids” composition contest sponsored by the Oregon Symphony, which will perform the winning composition on “Creative Kids,” the final Kids Concert of the 2005-06 season, on Sunday, March 5, 2006. The contest will be adjudicated by Laureate Associate Conductor Norman Leyden and newly-appointed Resident Conductor Gregory Vajda. All submissions must be postmarked by December 2, 2005.

“I can’t think of a better way to round out this concert, which showcases young instrumentalists, than by including a work by a young composer,” says Michael Kosmala, Vice President of Education and Community Engagement. “We’ll have kids performing in student orchestras and choirs, and to have a student composition will really complete the program.”

Eligible applicants must be residents of Oregon or southwest Washington, must not yet have completed high school (or the equivalent), and must be studying music composition with a teacher. The compositions must be wholly original works written for orchestra with a maximum instrumentation of 3 flutes (3 rd doubling piccolo), 3 oboes (3 rd doubling English horn), 3 clarinets (3 rd doubling E-flat sopranino or B-flat bass clarinet), 3 bassoons (3 rd doubling contrabassoon), 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, 3 percussion, harp, and strings. The completed composition can be written in any style, should not be technically demanding, and must not exceed three minutes in performance time. Eligible participants must be available to attend the rehearsal and two performances of the work on Sunday, March 5, 2006.

Applicants may submit two different works for consideration; all scores must have an accurate instrumentation page that also indicates the duration of the work. Submission of recordings is optional, but recordings will not be considered during the judging process. Judging will be done on the basis of the score alone.

Materials may be dropped off at the Oregon Symphony office no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, December 2, 2005 or mailed, with a postmark deadline of December 2, 2005, to:

Creative Kids Composers Competition
Michael Kosmala, VP of Education & Community Engagement
Oregon Symphony
921 SW Washington, Suite 200
Portland , OR 97205

For the application and more information visit the Symphony’s Web site link at www.orsymphony.org/edu/ckcc.html

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