The Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble is pleased to announce the 10th composition contest! Even though the global pandemic has given us an array of challenges to overcome, the ensemble is eager to continue this wonderful tradition. A complete list of winners from previous years can be found at:
The contest has been created to encourage composers to write for big bands and to give Ithaca College students the experience of evaluating and performing new music. Students participate in the judging of the contest.
This year, the contest will award prizes to three winning composers, with increased prizes from previous years:
- Grand prize winner will receive $2500
- 2nd place winner will receive $1000
- 3rd place winner will receive $500
If conditions allow, the Jazz Ensemble plans to perform the winning pieces in a live-streamed event/concert on April, 30 2021.
The Jazz Ensemble has decided not to require an entry fee for composers this year. However, composers may only submit one piece to the contest.