New World Composition Challenge
As part of The New World Initiative, the Philharmonic is launching the New World Composition Challenge, inviting New York City–based composers to create works of not more than three minutes that contain or reference themes from Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World.
The contest is open to all New York City musicians, professional or amateur, and entrants may use any combination of instruments or voices, from solos to large ensembles, in any musical style or genre. To hear the original New World Symphony played by the Philharmonic, check their artist page for a video from the 175th Anniversary Season opening night gala concert.
The winners of the New World Composition Challenge will be chosen by a selection committee including Sean Shepherd, one of three composers commissioned by the Philharmonic as part of The New York Commissions; Philharmonic Young Composers Advocate Jon Deak; and Philharmonic musicians.
Cash prizes will be awarded to 11 winners, who will be announced on Monday, May 22, 2017. The grand-prize winner will receive $1,000; five second-place winners — one from each of New York City’s five boroughs — will receive $500. Five honorable mentions will each receive a $100 cash prize. All winners will have recordings of their works featured on The New World Initiative’s website and will be recognized onstage at the New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, in June 2017 (during which the New World Symphony will be performed).
Entrants should submit the entry form at the link below with an audio or video recording of their work performed live. The deadline for submission is Friday, April 14, 2017.
Not a composer, but still want to be involved?
The NWI seeks to include all New York–based musicians who are willing to participate and help us celebrate the Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary and the city we call home. Students both public and private, amateurs and professionals, soloists and groups exceeding 200 members performing music in any genre, from orchestral to reggae to jazz and more — all are welcome. Those who join have free access to the Opening Gala Concert dress rehearsal and Open Rehearsals throughout the 2016–17 season; arrangements, scores, and sheet music bowed by Philharmonic musicians; a traveling exhibit from the New York Philharmonic Archives; and promotion here on the website.
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