2022 Maurice Gardner Competition for Composers
The American Viola Society proudly announces the 2022 Maurice Gardner Competition for Composers, seeking new works for the viola. The winning composition will be performed at the 2022 American Viola Festival & 47th International Viola Congress, to be held at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia, USA on June 1-5, 2022.
The Gardner Competition is open to all composers, regardless of age, professional background, employment status, nationality, ethnicity, gender identity, or any other factor or qualification. All submissions will be judged anonymously by a panel of independent reviewers. You may submit more than one composition for review. A $5 entry fee will be charged for each submission.
The American Viola Society seeks to address the systemic and structural inequities that are part of the classical music world. We especially want to hear from composers who identify as BIPOC/ALAANA/LGBTQ. This year, we have made it possible to self-identify as a member of an underrepresented community. Any self-identification is optional. Information gathered will not be associated with individual submissions or referenced in the awards selection process, which will remain anonymous, but will be used for the sole purpose of determining our success in reaching a wider, more diverse pool of entrants.
All compositions will be reviewed by a panel of judges. This year’s judges include
- Michael Frazier, Visiting Professor of Composition, Oberlin Conservatory
- Wendy Richman, Founding Violist, International Contemporary Ensemble
- Eleanor Trawick, Professor of Composition, Ball State University
Deadline: Entries due by December 8, 2021 [EXTENDED]
- First Prize – $1000, plus:
- A performance at the American Viola Society Festival & 47th International Viola Congress, June 1-5, 2022 in Columbus, Georgia, USA
- Reimbursement of travel expenses to the festival (amount TBD)
- Second Prize – $500
- Entries must not have been commercially recorded or previously received an official world premiere (although prior workshop performances are permitted)
- Entries may not exceed 15 minutes in length
- Entries may be for solo viola, viola and one other instrument, or viola and interactive media. Compositional elements beyond the classical music canon are encouraged, including jazz idioms and other improvisatory elements, electronic media and non-orchestral instruments.
- The competition is open to composers of all ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds, gender expressions and identities, sexual orientations, nationalities, or religious beliefs.
Composers of winning compositions will be notified via email or phone call by March 1, 2022.
Direct questions and inquiries to Martha Carapetyan, Competition Chair:
- The submission period is October 1 - December 8, 2021. [EXTENDED]
The following materials will be collected electronically via online entry form
- A legible score in PDF format of the work submitted
- An mp3 recording (live performance or MIDI) of the complete work submitted
- An entry fee of US $5 per submission, payable by credit card or PayPal
- A Fee Waiver may be granted upon request
- All submissions must be anonymous. The composer’s name and any other personal identifying information or features must be removed from scores and recordings and from file names submitted. A pseudonym will be required for anonymization.