2021 Commissioning Competition Details
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.
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.
There is no entry fee for this competition.
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.