2014 PARMA Student Composer Competition

We are happy to announce the 2014 PARMA Student Composer Competition, the third annual competition by PARMA for student composers from around the world. 

To be eligible, you must be 30 years old or younger, currently studying composition either at an institution or through private instruction, and must submit a composition written for brass quintet (2 trumpets, horn, bass and tenor trombones). The piece should be 10 minutes or less in length. 

Ten winners will be selected to have their works published in the 2014 PARMA Anthology of Music including one Grand Prize Winner whose piece will be premiered at the 2014 PARMA Music Festival (August 13-16 in Portsmouth NH) by the Redline Brass Quintet. All ensemble, rehearsal, and publicity costs will be subsidized by PARMA and the performance will be included in all promotional materials for the Festival.

There is no submission fee. Submissions will be accepted from April 1st until May 2nd. More guideline information will be provided on the Call for Scores page on the Competition’s website.

The last two years’ competitions produced outstanding responses, with hundreds of students submitting works for consideration. The ten winners from both years are featured in the 2012 and 2013 PARMA Anthologies of Music. The 2012 Grand Prize Winner Quinn Dizon’s Awakening was recorded by Clayton Hoener, Hannah Shields, Peter Sulski, and Ron Lowry (pictured left) in August 2012 and is featured on PERCEPTIONS (Navona). The 2013 Grand Prize Winner Tina Tallon’s selective defrosting was premiered at the 2013 PARMA Music Festival by the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra String Quartet (pictured below).

Quinn Dizon, commenting on his experience, says, “While the recording I received from this competition is remarkable in quality, far more meaningful to me is that PARMA showed me that there are amazingly talented people working incredibly hard to bring the music of our generation to life.”

Competition Timeline
April 1 – May 2, 2014 – Submission period
May 2014 – Judging period
Mid June 2014 – Winners announced

PARMA Music Festival
The citywide musical showcase is the brainchild of PARMA Recordings, whose mission is to bring new music to new audiences. The four-day festival in Portsmouth NH will include day- and night-time events and performances, and will conclude with a concert at The Music Hall on August 16. The PARMA Music Festival is a celebration of the best in contemporary music, from classical and jazz to electronic and rock and much more. With everything from live music to panel discussions to visual art and educational events, the Festival brings together a wonderfully diverse crowd to perform, collaborate, and listen.

The nonprofit Festival’s mission is to present compelling and eclectic music to new and existing audiences, all while showcasing the beauty and culture that Seacoast New Hampshire has to offer. The Festival partners with local and international arts organizations to program these unique concerts, in which multiple genres of music are presented side-by-side in venues ranging from the concert hall to the local bar, with unconventional experiments and enlightening educational opportunities along the way.

Redline Brass Quintet
The Redline Brass Quintet met while diligently studying at the New England Conservatory of Music. Inspired to continue rewarding musical experiences together, the group accepted a fellowship in Community Outreach at the Longy School of Music, Bard College, in Cambridge MA. There, they trained rigorously with former Empire Brass (and BSO) trombonist Norman Bolter and earned an Artist Diploma for their contribution to the Longy community. In recognition of their “skill and artistry in engaging audiences of all ages and contexts,” RBQ was awarded the first President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Artistry from the Longy School of Music.

In only a few years, the Redline Brass Quintet has performed numerous recitals, been featured in Longy’s Family Concert Series at Pickman Hall, and premiered several brand new works for brass quintet. They have collaborated with the Boston Composer’s Coalition and most recently performed a challenging new work by Mr. John Morrison, written specifically for RBQ, titled Conquest of Cold.  

Ethan Fortin
PARMA Recordings            
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