Hillcrest Wind Ensemble

International Composition Contest

NOTICE: The 2019 Composition Contest is closed. Winners will be announced shortly and their works will be played at the Spring Concert on April 18, 2020, at which time recordings will be available here. Check back soon for information regarding the 2020 Contest.

 

Prospectus- 2019 Composition Contest

Hillcrest Wind Ensemble

Call for Scores Rules

 

1.     All styles of music will be considered.  All compositions must be original works for wind ensemble (composer’s transcriptions are okay) and have NOT been previously published or performed.  The Hillcrest Wind Ensemble’s (HWE) performance of the piece will be the “World Premiere Performance”.  (No self-published works will be accepted - publish your work after our performance of the piece in April of 2020). 

2.     Entrants:  The Call for Scores contest is open to any age, nationality, or experience level.  NO members or family members of the HWE may enter. 

 

3.     Scoring is to be for the Hillcrest Wind Ensemble. We have the following instrumentation:

            - 6 Flutes (up to 3 piccolos)

            - 2 Oboes

            - 2 Bassoons

            - 1 Eb clarinet

            - 6 Bb clarinets

            - 1 Eb Alto or Eb Contralto Clarinet

            - 1 Bass Clarinet

            - 2 Alto Saxophones

            - 1 Tenor Saxophone

            - 1 Baritone Saxophone

            - 5 Cornets/Trumpets

            - 4 French Horns

            - 3 Trombones

            - 2 Euphoniums/Baritones

            - 2 Tubas

            - 1 String Bass

            - 1 Timpani

            - 1 Mallet percussionist

            - 3 percussionists

           

            Do NOT include English Horn, Soprano Sax, Harp, etc.  They are NOT available.

            We have limited technology for electronics.  If you include electronics, it should be easily accessible.

            Vocals are permissible from solo voice up to 4 part SATB.

            Entries not meeting the instrumentation detailed above will NOT be considered. 

4.     Duration:  Preference is given to works between 4-10 minutes (shorter and longer pieces have won in the past; this is just a preference). 

5.     Entry Fee(s):  The entry fee to the Call for Scores is $20 USD per submission.  All entry fees will be submitted through The San Diego LGBT Community Center’s (The Center) donation portal. Click here to pay your fee electronically.

IMPORTANT! To ensure that your your entry fee is credited to the ensemble, please follow these instructions:

  • On The Center's donation page, please select "Other" in the pull-down window labeled "Please Choose a Program to Support" under the "Your Information" section.

  • Enter "Hillcrest Wind Ensemble" in the box labeled "If other, please specify:"

Your entry fee is tax deductible.  Submit the “Tracking Code” from The Center’s Emailed receipt with your score and composer information sheet (detailed below). 

6.     Difficulty:  Pieces should be for medium to advanced players - Grade 3 to 5.

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

8.     Deadline for submissions:  End of day, November 4th, 2019

9.     Judges:  The judges evaluating your work are music professionals including performance majors, music educators, composers, and arrangers.

10.  Notification:  The winning entries will be announced in December of 2019. Winning entrants are expected to be available for questions and cooperative with the HWE artistic director through the rehearsal season up to the performance of the piece in our Spring 2020 concert (late April or May). 

11.  Parts for the winning entries will be needed by January 4th, 2020.

12.  Performance Rights:  By entering the contest, the winners acknowledge and grant a non-exclusive perpetual license to HWE to perform and record all or a portion of their work created for the HWE Composition Contest.  Winning compositions will remain in the HWE music library for future performance beyond the premiere concert date.  Recordings, either audio or video, may be placed on YouTube and other social media accounts.  The winners retain their copyright of the piece and may publish the piece any time after the HWE world premiere performance date. 

13. Awards: There will be two cash awards: 1st place of $500.00 and 2nd place of$250.00.  Winning pieces will be performed at the HWE Spring Concert in 2020. A recording of the piece will be available for download.

What to Submit:  (Only electronic submissions will be accepted)

A.     Score:  A PDF of the score formatted for 8.5” x 14” or 8.5” x 11” printing. No handwritten scores or parts will be accepted. Judging will be anonymous. Do NOT put your name on the score. 

B.     Composer Information: We require all of the following information:

        1)     Composer Name

        2)     Complete Mailing Address

        3)     Telephone Number

        4)     Email address

        5)     Gender identity

C.    Recording:  Live (non-concert performance) or MIDI sound file is okay.  Recordings must be MP3 format, up to 6MB only. 

D.    Entry Fee: The entry fee is $20 USD per submission.  All entry fees will be submitted through The San Diego LGBT Community Center’s (The Center) donation portal. Submit the “Tracking Code” in Email with composer information, score, and recording. Click here to pay your fee electronically.

IMPORTANT! To ensure that your your entry fee is credited to the ensemble, please follow these instructions:

  • On The Center's donation page, please select "Other" in the pull-down window labeled "Please Choose a Program to Support" under the "Your Information" section.

  • Enter "Hillcrest Wind Ensemble" in the box labeled "If other, please specify:"

 

All Submissions and Communications regarding the contest will be sent to the Composition Contest Coordinator here:  HWE.Contest@gmail.com

 

Past Competition Winners

2018 Contest

These winning entries were performed at our Spring Concerts on March 23, 2019 and March 31, 2019.

1st Place - $500 prize

Tears of Ramah by Allen Molineux - Hillcrest Wind Ensemble
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2nd Place - $250 prize

Midwinter Poem by Nicholas Ryan Kelly - Hillcrest Wind Ensemble
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2017 Contest

These winning entries were performed at our Spring Concerts on March 31, 2018 and April 15, 2018.

1st Place - $500 prize

The Hero's Journey - 1. Overture by Jukka Viitasaari - Hillcrest Wind Ensemble
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The Hero's Journey - 2. Interlude by Jukka Viitasaari - Hillcrest Wind Ensemble
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The Hero's Journey - 3. Departure by Jukka Viitasaari - Hillcrest Wind Ensemble
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2nd Place - $250 prize

Mystic Mountain by Mark Dal Porto - Hillcrest Wind Ensemble
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Honorable Mention

Exothermic by Jia Jie Chen - Hillcrest Wind Ensemble
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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 - Hillcrest Wind Ensemble
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2nd Place

Stratagem by Erin N. Duke - Hillcrest Wind Ensemble
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Honorable Mention

Autumn's Fire by Nicholas Kelley - Hillcrest Wind Ensemble
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2013 Contest

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

1st Place

Solace by Kenyon Wilson - Hillcrest Wind Ensemble
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2nd Place

Vignettes for Band by David Avshalomov - Hillcrest Wind Ensemble
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Honorable Mention

Apex by Steven Scott - Hillcrest Wind Ensemble
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2012 Contest

These winning entries were performed at our Spring Concert on April 13, 2013.

1st Place

Pulse for Pulse by Costas Dafnis - Hillcrest Wind Ensemble
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2nd Place

Gems of Discovery by Richard Williams - Hillcrest Wind Ensemble
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Honorable Mention

Purposeful Play by Harry T. Bulow - Hillcrest Wind Ensemble
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2011Contest

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

1st Place

Ediface by William V. Malpede - Hillcrest Wind Ensemble
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2nd Place

Piper's March by Kincaid Rabb - Hillcrest Wind Ensemble
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2010 Contest

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

1st Place

Acclivity by Andrew John Kim - Hillcrest Wind Ensemble
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2nd Place

Dança Latina by Mike Titlebaum - Hillcrest Wind Ensemble
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2009 Contest

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

1st Place

Microcosms by Eric Daino - Hillcrest Wind Ensemble
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2nd Place: Invocation and Alleluia by Ralph Raymond Hays

Honorable Mention

October Snow by Matt Larocca - Hillcrest Wind Ensemble
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