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IDRS 50 for 50 Commissioning Project: Competition

2021 Commissioning Competition Details

Overview

The International Double Reed Society is pleased to announce its first Commissioning Competition as part of the 50 for 50 Commissioning project. The purpose of this competition is to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the International Double Reed Society and to acknowledge that the society has an important and ongoing responsibility to broaden the diversity of composers who write for double reed instruments.

Any composer is eligible except composers on the IDRS Executive Board, IDRS Staff, or members of the 2021 conference hosting team.

Application and Selection process

This competition is a call for scores, from which a panel will choose four (4) composers to write new works. These works will be premiered in July 2021, at the 50th Anniversary IDRS Conference in Boulder, CO (USA). Each composer may submit one complete work. The submitted work need not be for double reeds, but rather, a work that best illustrates their craft, language, and style.

The competition will be adjudicated in a two-round process, with the winners being selected by a diverse panel of composers and music professionals using a blind evaluation process. The winners of this competition will be engaged to compose a new 8-12 minute work for oboe, English horn, bassoon, or contrabassoon, with piano accompaniment.

Eligibility

2021 Commissions will be awarded exclusively to composers who are women, Black, Indigenous, people of color (Latinx, Asian, Middle-Eastern, etc), ethnic minorities, and/or gender non-conforming.

Fees

There is no entry fee for this competition.

Prize

Each commission will receive its premiere at the July 2021 IDRS conference in Boulder, CO (USA), and each winning composer will receive a $1,000 prize. The winners will be strongly encouraged to be in attendance for the premiere performance. (IDRS will cover the cost of conference registration.) Conference dates are July 26-31, 2021.

Submission Proces

Composers will use a submission form on IDRS.org. The online form will open on October 15, 2020 and will close on November 20, 2020. The following materials will be required:

  1. A PDF file of the score.
  2. A live or MIDI recording of the composition.
  3. Current resume listing composer’s professional qualifications and contact information (name, email address, phone number, physical mailing address, and website URL if applicable).

Note: Please remove any names or other identifying marks on your score or recordings. Scores or recordings with names or other identifying marks will not be considered. Please remove any names or other identifying marks on your score or recordings. Scores or recordings with names or other identifying marks will not be considered.

Timeline

October 15, 2020 
Online Application opens on IDRS.org

November 20, 2020
Online Application closes

December 18, 2020
Winners announced

Application Deadline November 20, 2020

Questions?

Please address any questions to commissioning@idrs.org.