ICA 2023 Composition Competitions

Solo Composition Competition 

The ICA seeks new works featuring the soprano clarinet (B-flat or A), 5 to 15 minutes in length. Compositions may be for clarinet and piano, or other solo clarinet genres such as unaccompanied clarinet, or clarinet with electronic media. To be eligible, compositions must have been completed between January 2020 and present, and must not have been performed previously at ClarinetFest®.

Chamber Composition Competition

The ICA seeks new clarinet chamber works for 2-3 players, 5-15 minutes in length. Submissions should feature at least one member of the clarinet family (B-flat, A, bass, E-flat or others) but may include any other instruments. Exception: Submissions with clarinet and piano as the only two voices will not be accepted, and should be submitted to the solo composition competition. To be eligible, compositions must have been completed between January 2020 and present, and must not have been performed previously at ClarinetFest®.

The deadline for the competitions is December 20, 2022; the winners will each receive a $1,000 prize and a performance of their work at ClarinetFest® 2023.

For details, please visit www.clarinet.org or contact Kelly Johnson, coordinator ([email protected]).

Eligibility: The competition is open to composers, clarinetists and musicians who desire to further the repertoire of clarinet music with an original composition. There are no restrictions on age or nationality.

Application:

  1. Items must be received by December 20, 2022.
  2. The application form is found at https://forms.gle/q184V85LjTARWyPc6 Scores must be submitted electronically (PDF only) WITHOUT the applicant’s name or any identifying information on the score or filename.
  3. A midi recording in .mp3 format or a clarinet recording in .mp3 format must be submitted WITHOUT the applicant’s name or any identifying information on the filename.
  4. Scores and recordings should be submitted using the Google Form.

Contest Rules

The 2022 Composition Competition calls are for the following:

  1. Solo Composition Competition The ICA seeks new works featuring the soprano clarinet (B-flat or A), 5 to 15 minutes in length. Compositions may be for clarinet and piano, or other solo clarinet genres such as unaccompanied clarinet, or clarinet with electronic media. To be eligible, compositions must have been completed between January 2020 and present, and must not have been performed previously at ClarinetFest®.
  2. Chamber Composition Competition The ICA seeks new clarinet chamber works for 2-3 players, 5-15 minutes in length. Submissions should feature at least one member of the clarinet family (B-flat, A, bass, E-flat or others) but may include any other instruments. Exception: Submissions with clarinet and piano as the only two voices will not be accepted, and should be submitted to the solo composition competition. To be eligible, compositions must have been completed between January 2020 and present, and must not have been performed previously at ClarinetFest®.

Judging

The New Music Committee will conduct the judging of the scores and parts. The winner will be notified via email by March 15, 2023. The winning composition will receive a performance during ClarinetFest® 2023 in Denver, Colorado, USA, July 5-9. The composer is not required to attend, but if they would like to attend the expenses for the trip are the responsibility of the winner. If they are in attendance, ICA will acknowledge them and give them a moment to speak about the work if they would like. Free registration at ClarinetFest® 2023 will also be provided. Past first prize winners are not allowed to compete. All contestants will accept the decision of the judges as final. The ICA will provide the clarinetist for the performance.

All scores and parts will become the property of the ICA Research Center at the University of Maryland Performing Arts Library and will not be returned. In addition, the winning work will be included in the ICA New Music Database. All rights to the scores remain those of the composers.

$1,000 USD Prize

The International Clarinet Association assumes no tax liability that competition winners may incur through receiving prize money. Individuals are responsible for investigating applicable tax laws and reporting prize winnings to requisite government agencies. In accordance with the U.S. tax law, a 30% tax on the total amount of prize winnings will be withheld and submitted to the United States Internal Revenue Service if the winner is a non-U.S. resident. Prize money will be given in the form of a U.S. check or an electronic PayPal transfer. PayPal transfers must be requested prior to the final awards ceremony on the final evening of ClarinetFest®.