We are pleased and excited about this years Composition Competition.  This is a project lead by our National Association (National Head Office) of the CBA, and one that has garnered much success in the past.  So if you have some experience dabbling in composition, then please be sure to visit our National Associations link!

Link:  http://www.canadianband.org/composition-competition

2017 Information

Call for Compositions
We are excited to announce the call for scores for the CBA’s 2017 Composition Competition. As was the case last year, we are looking for works that are at a Grade Three level or lower. The aim is to support works that appeal to a wide array of abilities and tastes. Please see below for all of the details.

Call for Members
Interested in joining the team and supporting the creation of new Canadian works for band? For $100 a year, you have a voice in determining the winning work, get access to all submissions and composers, receive score and parts of the winning work, and are recognized for your efforts in the winning score. Members can be any university, public school or community bands that perform approximately grade 3 level repertoire. Contact Jason Caslor at jcaslor@asu.edu for more information.

The Composition
1) Submissions must:
· be composed by someone who self-identifies as an emerging composer
· be an original, unpublished composition for band.
· be no more than 10 minutes in duration.
· not exceed a difficulty level of Grade 3 (based on the 1-6 grade level system).
· have been written within 5 years of the deadline.

2) Submissions will only be accepted electronically and must include a .pdf score, a recording (mp3, AAC, .wav, .aiff, etc.) and a completed entry form. While applicants are encouraged to send actual recordings, MIDI realizations will be accepted. PLEASE COMPRESS ALL AUDIO FILES SENT SO AS TO MINIMIZE FILE SIZE.

3) Composers may re-submit non-winning compositions from this or other competitions, however once a work has been awarded a prize in the CBA competition, it may not be submitted again.

4) Concertos or solos/ensembles with band accompaniments are not acceptable.

5) The maximum instrumentation is as follows:
· Flute (div. in a maximum of 2)
· Clarinet (div. in a maximum of 3) + bass clarinet*
· Oboe* (1 part)
· Saxophone: Alto (div. in a maximum of 2), Tenor, Baritone*
· Bassoon* (1 part)
· Trumpet (div. in a maximum of 3)
· Horn* (div. in a maximum of 2)
· Trombone (div. in a maximum of 3)
· Euphonium (1 part B.C. & transposed for T.C.)
· Tuba
· Double Bass
· Percussion in 4 parts (maximum 2 mallet instruments)
· Electronics (optional**)
* N.B.: Solos written for instruments marked (*) should be cross-cued in other instruments.
** Electronics: The technical resources of each ensemble will vary. To ensure a successful performance, electronics should be limited in scope to reasonable technical forces of a grade 3 level band. Suggested guidelines: stereo speakers, soundfile playback, well-designed laptop-based electronics.

The Competition Rules
1) ASU (Caslor) will oversee the competition.
2) Submissions will be accepted from Canadian citizens who self-identify as emerging composers.
3) The deadline to submit is 5:00 pm EST on December 1st, 2016
4) The composer of the winning composition will receive a cash prize of $1,000.
5) All copyright, mechanical rights, and royalty rights remain with the composer.
6) The winner will be announced by email; notification will be sent to all applicants and the CBA membership, and results will be posted on the CBA website.
7) The decision of the jury will be final and their decision will be reported to the CBA (ie. The CBA is only facilitating the competition). Should the jury consider none of the submitted compositions to be meritorious, a “no prize” decision will be rendered, the funds will be moved to the following year and the three-year project will be extended one year.

To ask questions about the competition, contact Jason Caslor at jcaslor@asu.edu.

The Consortium
The Consortium now consists of one membership level and all can participate equally in the process.
The annual fee is invoiced each January.
For additional questions, please contact Jason Caslor at jcaslor@asu.edu

Membership as at September 1, 2016

· Acadia Junior High School, Winnipeg MB
· Arizona State University, Phoenix AZ
· Brandon University, Brandon MB
· Festival City Winds Society, Edmonton AB
· George P. Vanier School – Calgary AB
· Halifax All-City Music, Halifax NS
· Sackville Community Band, Lower Sackville NS
· Second Chances Community Band, Halifax, NS
· St. John’s Ravenscourt School, Winnipeg MB
· University of Manitoba, Winnipeg MB
· University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon SK
· University of Toronto, Toronto ON
· University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC
· Vincent Massey Collegiate, Winnipeg MB
· Westgate Mennonite Collegiate, Winnipeg MB