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Calling all Composers

The Oregon Symphony Sponsors Its Second ‘Creative Kids’ Composition Contest

Is there a budding Beethoven in Beaverton? Another young Mozart in Molalla?

Could the next Scarlatti be on the loose right now in Scappoose?

The Oregon Symphony invites young composers from throughout the Portland metro area to enter its second “Creative Kids” composition contest.

The prize? The winning composition will be performed by the Oregon Symphony at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Feb. 22, 2009, as part of “Creative Kids,” the final Kids Concert of the 2008/09 season.

The aim of February’s Creative Kids concert is to showcase some of the most talented young soloists, composers and instrumentalists from our own backyard. And so, what better way to do that than by performing some fresh, local music written by a young local composer?

Eligible applicants must be residents of Oregon or southwest Washington, must be studying music composition with a teacher, must be age 18 or younger and not yet enrolled in a college program. The compositions must be wholly original works written for orchestra with a maximum instrumentation of three flutes (third doubling piccolo), three oboes (third doubling English horn), three clarinets (third doubling E-flat sopranino or B-flat bass clarinet), three bassoons (third doubling contrabassoon), four horns, three trumpets, three  trombones, tuba, timpani, three percussionists, 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 performance on Feb. 22, 2009.

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.

Applicants should send in one full conductors score plus a complete set of parts (one for each instrument), preferably printed on 10-by-13-inch paper, but at least 8½-by-11 inches.  One set of string parts is acceptable for submission. Judging will be done on the basis of the score alone.

A filled-out application and teacher certification form is also required. The form can be downloaded here.

Contest entries will be judged by Resident Conductor Gregory Vajda, who will lead the orchestra in the February performance, and Laureate Associate Conductor Norman Leyden.

Materials may be dropped off at the Oregon Symphony office no later than 4 p.m. on Dec. 1 or mailed, with a postmark deadline of Dec. 1, to:

Creative Kids Composers Competition
Oregon Symphony

921 SW Washington, Suite 200
Portland, OR 97205

Got a question? Need more information?
Contact Carmen Byron, 503-416-6372.
Email: cbyron@orsymphony.org