Hillcrest Wind Ensemble

International Composition Contest

COVID-19 Advisory

Given the ongoing situation with the pandemic, the Board of Directors has suspended all rehearsals and canceled all public performances through the end of 2020. Plans for the spring 2021 concert will be made depending on the pandemic conditions at the beginning of 2021.

 

HWE's commitment to the health and safety of our audience and musicians is paramount, and though these steps are difficult and painful, it is necessary to take them. HWE has approached the coronavirus situation with seriousness and care, and we have not made these decisions lightly. We wish to take every possible measure to ensure the continuing health and well-being of our audience and musicians.

 

We will continue to post regular updates on our website and social media channels and to communicate via email.

 

Thank you for your understanding,

 

Board of Directors

Hillcrest Wind Ensemble

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 HWE Composition Contest!

1st place ($500) - Armin Kofler - Carpe Diem
2nd place ($250) - Jukka Viitasaari - The Community Band Suite

 

Congratulations! These works will be played at our next public performance.

 

Prospectus- 2020 Composition Contest

Hillcrest Wind Ensemble

Call for Scores Rules

 

The Hillcrest Wind Ensemble (HWE) hosts the Contest to add quality musical selections to our library and to provide musical composers with an opportunity to create works that will be performed and added to our library.

 

1.     All styles of music will be considered.  All compositions must be original works for wind ensemble (composer’s transcriptions are acceptable) and have NOT been previously published or performed.  The Hillcrest Wind Ensemble’s (HWE) performance of the pieces will be the “World Premiere Performance”.  (No self-published works will be accepted - publish your work after our performance of the piece in Spring 2021). 

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.

            VERY IMPORTANT! Entries that do not meet 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 for the Call for Scores is $20 USD per submission.  All entry fees will be paid electronically as part of the submission process when clicking the "Submit Your Composition" button below. Payment will be processed through PayPal, where you may also use any credit card whose logo is shown.

Your entry fee may be tax deductible.  You will receive a receipt via Email.

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, September 28, 2020.

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 2020. 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 2021 concert. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Spring 2021 schedule may need to be postponed or canceled.  If so, HWE retains the right to perform the winning entries as world premieres at our next available concert in 2021, with the contest cash awards sent to the winners after the performance.  Should there be no concerts in 2021, HWE relinquishes the rights to the world premiere performance and will send awards before the end of 2021 to the contest winners.

11.  Parts for the winning entries will be needed by January 4, 2021.

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 our website, 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, payable to the winners after the premiere performance.  Winning pieces will be performed as allowed given the COVID-19 pandemic situation. A recording of the piece will be available for download.

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

You will enter the following information when you click the "Submit Your Composition" button below.

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

  1. Composer Name

  2. Email address

  3. Telephone Number

  4. Complete Mailing Address

  5. Preferred Pronouns (She/He/They; Her/Him/Them; Her/His/Their)

 

B.     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. 

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

D.    Entry Fee(s):  The entry fee for the Call for Scores is $20 USD per submission.  All entry fees will be paid electronically as part of the submission process when clicking the "Submit Your Composition" button below. Payment will be processed through PayPal, where you may also use any credit card whose logo is shown.

Your entry fee may be tax deductible.  You will receive a receipt via Email.

 

All communications and inquiries 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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