Hillcrest Wind Ensemble Composition Contest

2017 Contest is Closed.

Entries are now being reviewed for the Hillcrest Wind Ensemble's
Annual Call for Scores Composition Contest. Stay tuned for winners!


Here's details on our annual Call for Scores Competition and what we're looking for:

1) Style/Subject Matter

All styles of music will be considered. All compositions must be original works for wind ensemble (composer's transcriptions are okay) and NOT have been previously published or performed in order to be performed as a World Premiere Performance. (No self-published works will be accepted – publish your work after the contest.)

2) Score for Standard Wind Ensemble

We have the following instruments:
- 6 Flutes (up to 3 piccs)
- 2 Oboes
- 2 Bassoons
- 1 Eb Clar
- 6 Bb Clar
- 1 Bass Clar
- 1 Alto Clar or Contra Alto Clar
- 2 Alto Sax
- 1 Tenor Sax
- 1 Bari Sax
- 5 Cornets/Trumpets
- 4 Horns
- 3 Trombones
- 2 Euph/Baritones
- 2 Tubas
- 1 String Bass
- 1 Timpani
- 1 Mallet
- 2 Percussion

Do NOT include English horn, soprano sax, harp, piano, etc. We don't have those instruments.

We have limited technology for electronics. If your composition includes electronics it should be easily accessible.

Vocals are permissible for up to 4 singers, SATB or solo voice.

3) Duration

Preference is given to works between 4 and 10 minutes in length.

4) Entry Fee(s)

The entry fee is $20 for each submission. If submitting pieces via E-mail, then checks should be mailed under separate cover to the address below.

5) Difficulty

Pieces should be for medium to advanced players. Grade 3 to 5.

6) Suitability

If in the opinion of the judges no entry is deemed worthy of the prize, none shall be awarded.

Deadline for submissions

November 6, 2017 (postmarked or E-mail by 11:59pm).

Notification/Delivery

The winning entries will be notified in December 2017.
Parts needed by January 10, 2018.


Awards

There will be two cash awards: 1st place of $500 and 2nd place of $250.
Winning pieces will be performed at the HWE Spring Concert in 2018.


What to submit

1) Score: professional quality score which is bound or a PDF file E-mailed.

2) Composer information: Information sheet with your name, address, telephone number and E-mail.

3) Recording: Live or MIDI sound file is okay. Recordings must be WAV or MP3 format. If we can't listen to it, we won't consider it. CDs should be labeled. E-mailed files should be MP3, 6MB max.

4) Entry fee(s): a non-refundable application fee of $20.00 in the form of a check must be included with each submission. All checks must be made payable to "The Center - HWE", with "HWE Composition" noted in the memo. US funds only. Entry fees are tax deductible.

5) Return of Materials: Scores will not be returned.

Email PDF score and mp3 file (no larger than 6mb) to

Entry fee can be mailed separately, but must be postmarked no later than November 6, 2017.

Or mail hardcopies and recording (WAV or mp3 file) to:
Hillcrest Wind Ensemble
PO Box 3606
Chula Vista, CA 91909

For questions E-mail:

Website: hillcrestwindensemble.com


About the Group

The Hillcrest Wind Ensemble, one of Southern California's finest adult musical organizations, celebrates over 25 years of providing quality musical programs for the greater San Diego community. Originally called San Diego's Finest City Freedom Band, the group was formed to bring music to the LGBT community as a marching band that also played concerts. With the turn of the new century, the band has evolved into an elite wind ensemble, playing more advanced music with a new mission to entertain the ideal of diversity within our ranks as well as promoting quality music to all of San Diego.


Past Competion Winners

 

2016 Contest

These winning entries were performed at our Fall Concert on October 8, 2016.

1st Place: Portrait of Don Quixote by Dr. Sy Brandon
2nd Place: Stratagem by Erin N. Duke
Honorable Mention: Autumn's Fire by Nicholas Kelley


2013 Contest

These winning entries were performed at our Spring Concert on April 12, 2014.

First Place: Solace by Kenyon Wilson
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Second Place: Vignettes for Band by David Avshalomov
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Honorable Mention: Apex by Steven Scott
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2012 Contest

First Place: Pulse for Pulse by Costas Dafnis of Coldwater, Michigan.
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Second Place: Gems of Discovery by Richard Williams of Provo, Utah.
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Honorable Mention: Purposeful Play by Harry T. Bulow of West Lafayette, Indiana. Click here to listen to the performance of this piece


2011 Contest

These winning entries were performed at our Spring Concert on April 14, 2012.

First Place: Ediface by William V. Malpede - California
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Second Place: Piper's March by Kincaid Rabb - Arizona
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2010 Contest

These winning entries were debuted and featured at our Fall Classics Wind Ensemble Concert on November 6, 2010.

First Place: Acclivity by Andrew John Kim
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Second Place: Dança Latina by Mike Titlebaum
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2009 Contest

These winning entries were debuted and featured at our Fall Classic Wind Ensemble Concert on October 18, 2009.

First Place: Microcosm by Eric Daino
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Second Place: Invocation and Alleluia by Ralph Raymond Hays
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Honorable Mention: October Snow by Matt Larocca
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