Gardner Composition Competition

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

Deadline: Entries due by December 8, 2021 [EXTENDED]