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NOTUS Student Composition Contest

The NOTUS Student Composition Contest is an initiative of choral conducting faculty member Dominick DiOrio, which continues the program started by Carmen-Helena Tellez to bring new choral-vocal works by IU students to performance. 

All current undergraduate and graduate student composers in the Jacobs School of Music are invited to apply for the chance to have an original work premiered and recorded with NOTUS during a major concert in the Spring 2018 semester. Prior winners of the contest are eligible to resubmit, assuming they are enrolled in classes.

Work Guidelines

¨      Mixed chorus with divisi up to eight parts (SSAATTBB).
¨      Unaccompanied or with up to five accompanying instruments.
¨      Approximate duration to be no longer than ten minutes.
¨      Both unperformed works and works that have not received a significant professional premiere are welcome.
¨      Permission to set text must be demonstrated for works not in the public domain.

Submission

¨      All submissions will be done via email.
¨      Scores should be submitted anonymously. Names must not appear on the score.
¨      In an email to ddiorio@indiana.edu, please submit the following:

    1. Personal Information:
      1. Preferred Name (for program/press release)
      2. Degree / Major Teacher
      3. Telephone number
    2. A PDF copy of the score, without any identifying information
    3. A program note for the submitted work
    4. A current bio (~250 words)
    5. A headshot (hi-resolution, suitable for web and printing)

Deadline for submission: Saturday, October 28, 2017 by 11:59pm

Procedure

¨      A panel of faculty judges with expertise in choral conducting and composition will review the submitted scores. Professor DiOrio will not be one of the judges. The judges’ decision is final.
¨      The judges reserve the right to award no prize if a suitable work is not found.
¨      The winning composer and work will be announced by December 15, 2017.

Prize

¨      NOTUS will perform the prize-winning work(s) on the concert in Auer Hall on Tuesday, April 10, 2017.
¨      The winning composer will receive a recording of the premiere performance.
¨      The winning composer is expected to be in attendance at the concert and dress rehearsals.

Any questions about the NOTUS Student Composition Contest should be directed to Prof. Dominick DiOrio at: ddiorio@indiana.edu

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2017 Winners
First Prize: Christopher LaRosa Jesus Wept
Second Prize: Nathan Stang O Felix Anima
Third Prize: Matthew Recio Echo
Honorable Mention: John William Griffith Comme Je Trouve
Honorable Mention: Kathryn Jorgensen Un Paseo Por La Oscuridad

2016 Winners
First Prize: Matthew Recio How to Survive Vesuvius
Second Prize: Christopher LaRosa Breath
Honorable Mention: Nicholas Chuaqui Infinity
Honorable Mention: Felipe Tovar-Henas Oh, misteriosa alma mía

American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)
Raymond W. Brock Memorial Student Composition Prize: Alex Berko Forgiven Tears


2015 Winners
First Prize: Corey Rubin After-Glow
Honorable Mention: Paul Mortilla O Magnum Mysterium
Honorable Mention: Maxwell Ramage We'll to the woods no more


2014 Winners

First Prize: Patricia Wallinga Portraits of Wartime
Second Prize: Phillip Sink Fire and Ice
Honorable Mention: Yihan Chen Immolation
Honorable Mention: Steven Snethkamp Substance is Eternal


2013 Winners
First Prize: Carlo Vincetti Frizzo Nightscape
Honorable Mention: Joshua Clampitt After a Dream
Honorable Mention: Louis Goldford Vanishing Points