Scholastic Composer Competition Rules
Competition is open to any pupil in grades K-12 who resides in or are enrolled in the public, private, parochial, charter or home schools in Summit County and the surrounding area.
Scholastic Composer Competition Rules
Scholastic Composer Competition Rules
- WHO MAY ENTER?
a. Any pupil in grades Kindergarten through grade Twelve who resides in or is enrolled in the public, private, parochial or home schools in Summit County and the surrounding counties.
- TYPE OF ENTRIES
a. Individual: A single pupil submitting an original composition. b. Group: Any two or more pupils in grades Kindergarten through Twelve may submit an original composition created together. Group participants may be from the same or different grade levels.
- If a group has students from different grade levels, the composition should be entered at the average grade level of the students. If the average grade is not a whole number, round up to the next highest grade.
- WHAT TYPE OF MUSIC MAY BE ENTERED? a. Grades K-8 – Compositions may be for: individual instrumental, group instrumental, individual vocal, group vocal, piano and electronic media (must submit a schematic plan as well as a tape.)
- Grades 9-12 – Compositions may be for: vocal solo, small vocal ensemble, instrumental solo, piano solo, small instrumental ensemble and electronic media (must submit a schematic plan as well as a tape.) ALL COMPOSITIONS MUST INCLUDE CD OR ELECTRONIC AUDIO FILE.
- Special Education Children – Teachers should determine the grade level at which the compositions should be judged and enter them at those levels.
- A COMPOSITION CAN BE ENTERED INTO ONLY ONE CATEGORY.
- This contest is for original compositions only. Arrangements will not be accepted.
- ELECTRONIC MEDIA
- As technology is ever evolving and becoming more integrated with our daily lives, the Scholastic Composers’ Contest Committee has decided to allow students to submit original compositions that are created using electronic/digital applications or software. This is to not only provide students with more tools with which to write music, but also encourage other students who may not have a strong background in music theory to create their own compositions for submission.
- Electronic media compositions must have an instrument or vocal part that can be played/performed at the Premiere Performance with the rest of the piece being played as accompaniment if necessary.
- Examples of software/applications that a student could use are Ableton, Max, Logic, Studio One, Cubase, FL Studio, GarageBand, Audacity. This list is not exhaustive. Students should feel free to use other software that may not be included. This is just a starting point for those who may need an idea.
- The contestant may be advised in matters of notation, the use of performance indications (“Suddenly,” “Quickly,” “Allegro,” etc.), tempo markings (quarter note = , etc.), articulations, etc. The contestant must NOT be advised, influenced, or coached in any way regarding the composition of melodic ideas/construction, harmonies (voicings, progressions, specific chord types, etc.), formal construction (sonata form, rondo, etc.), or other such musical means that would suggest the submission is not the original creative work of the contestant. Any indication(s) that the originality of the submission is not the authentic work of the contestant may disqualify the submission. Lyrics do not have to be original.
- WHAT FORM/STYLE MAY BE USED?
- Any form may be used, from a single word melody or song to the more advanced musical forms such as the sonata-allegro, concerto, etc. Any style is appropriate.
- HOW LONG CAN THE COMPOSITION BE?
- Compositions may be any number of measures needed to express the intent of the composer. (A long composition is not necessarily a good one). The committee reserves the right to limit the performance time at the Premiere Performance.
- WHAT TYPE OF MANUSCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED?
- Manuscripts must be submitted on a sheet of 9, 10, or 12 stave paper with the exception of band and orchestra measure paper or computer-generated manuscripts. Submit the entire page regardless of the length of the composition.
- Grades K-3: Composers who wish to submit a manuscript in their own writing may use pencil. This applies to classroom groups as well as individuals.
- Grades 4-12: All manuscripts must be written in ink or computer-generated by the composer. In the case of group compositions, they must be written by one selected individual from the group.
- Grades K-12:
- All manuscripts must be accompanied by the official entry applications which are included with these rules.
- Names must NOT appear on the manuscript.
- All compositions will be returned to the entrant.
- Copies may be accepted if readable (clear and crisp).
- CD or tape must be submitted for all High School Level entries as noted in section 3.b above.
- All compositions must have been written by the students submitting them since the closing date of the previous Scholastic Composers Contest.
- TO WHOM SHOULD THE COMPOSITIONS BE SUBMITTED?
- Children’s Concert Society, E. J. Thomas Hall, Akron, OH 44325-0501 or online at www.childrensconcertsociety.org
- Compositions MUST be submitted with an official entry application.
- WHO WILL JUDGE THESE COMPOSITIONS?
- Entries will be assessed by a panel of judges from the University of Akron, School of Music, Composition Department. The judging is done in March. Students will receive notification of placement and judges' comments at the conclusion of the judging. First place winners will also be invited to perform at the Premiere Performance, typically held the last Wednesday of April.
- WHAT AWARDS ARE BEING OFFERED?
- Certificates of award will be given to 1st place winners. Only one certificate will be given for winning group compositions. Any student who has won a first place in two previous contests shall, if nominated to win a third time, receive a plaque award. A repeat winner will receive a bar for his or her plaque denoting each year of winning an award. First place winners may also receive monetary scholarship awards determined by the judges and members of the Scholastic Composers’ Contest committee.
- WILL THERE BE RECOGNITION?
- First-Place compositions will be recognized and performed at the Premiere Performance. ALL FIRST-PLACE WINNERS WILL BE EXPECTED TO ATTEND AND PERFORM THEIR COMPOSITIONS AS WRITTEN. All performances must be live. Exceptions to this must be cleared by the Scholastic Composers Contest committee (330-972-2504). Any electronic pieces must have at least one acoustic instrument or vocal part that would be performed live in conjunction with the CD or tape. Ribbons for second, third and honorable mention winners will accompany the returned compositions. Every composer will receive a ribbon except for classes. A class will receive one ribbon. The highest award, the Ralph Gillman Award, is selected by the judges from the first-place winners.
- Additional Information
- If your composition requires a piano accompanist, you are responsible for your own accompanist.
- THE OFFICIAL ENTRY BLANK must be attached to the composition and signed by the music teacher.
- All scores (compositions) become property of the Contest Committee until returned to owners.
- The committee reserves the right to disqualify any entry that does not conform to the rules of the contest. Composers will be notified of disqualification prior to the Premiere Performance.
- Scholastic Composer Committee members whose children are entered in the contest are ineligible to serve on the Scholarship Award Committee.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can home school children participate?
Any pupil in grades Kindergarten through grade Twelve who resides in or is enrolled in the public, private, parochial, charter or home schools in Summit County and the surrounding area.
Do compositions have to be original?
Yes! This contest is for original compositions only. Arrangements will not be accepted.
Who will be judging?
Entries will be judged by a panel of judges from the University of Akron, School of Music, Composition Department.
Are there performance opportunities?
Yes, First-Place compositions will be recognized and performed at the Premiere Performance.