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14th Annual NewMusic@ECU Festival
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The 2014 NewMusic@ECU Festival is delighted to announce

Lady Dark, by Michael Foumai
winner of the 2014 Orchestra Composition Competition

and will be performed on
Saturday, March 22, 2014, 7:30pm
by the East Carolina University Symphony in
Wright Auditorium, Greenville, NC


Congratulations to Mr. Foumai, and deepest gratitude to the many composers, from around the globe, who submitted works for consideration.


Guidelines for the
2015 NewMusic@ECU Festival
Orchestral Composition Competition

This composition competition is open to all composers, regardless of age, nationality or institutional affiliation.

For consideration, the following materials must be received by December 1, 2014:

Scores (a maximum of two works; two copies of each submission) professional quality score(s), meeting guidelines noted below:

  • Name of composer (anonymous entry NOT necessary)
  • Maximum instrumentation:
    2 flutes (piccolo double)
    2 oboe (English Horn double)
    2 clarinet (e-flat, bass double)
    2 bassoon
    2 horn
    2 trumpet
    3 trombone (including bass)
    1 tuba
    Timpani
    2 percussion
    piano
    Strings
  • Works with electronics/computer will be considered
  • work with Harp will not be considered
  • Works including soloists will not be considered
  • Maximum duration of twelve (12) minutes
  • Difficulty level suitable for advanced university orchestra

Information sheet with:

  • Composer’s name, address, telephone number, e-mail address
  • One paragraph bio, one paragraph program note
  • Title of submitted composition(s), list of instrumentation, duration of composition, date of completion, and performance history (if applicable)

If available, a recording of the submitted work(s) may be included.  Recordings are helpful, but are not necessary.  

For EACH ENTRY, an application fee of $10 US in the form of a check payable to East Carolina University, with NewMusic@ECU noted in the memo.  [Cash (US $) is also acceptable.]
Payment may also be made online here.

Self-addressed stamped envelope if you wish your materials to be returned.

Members of The East Carolina University Orchestra, Jorge Richter, Director, will prepare and perform the single winning work at the 2013 NewMusic@ECU Festival, on the East Carolina University campus in Greenville, NC.

Parts for the winning work must be received by January 15, 2015. 

The composer of the winning work must be available to attend the festival.  Every attempt will be made by the festival staff to provide accommodations for visitors, and to subsidize costs of travel.  The composer of the winning work may also be asked to conduct a seminar, introducing their work to students and other festival attendants.

The composer of the selected score will be notified by December 20, 2014.
Parts for the winning work must be received by January 15, 2015.

Address all submissions to:

Mark Taggart, Composition Competition Director
NewMusic@ECU Festival

366 Fletcher Music Center
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC  27858

E-mail: taggartm@ecu.edu