Brian Israel/Sam Pellman Award

The Society for New Music and the New York Federation of Music Clubs seek to encourage promising New York State composers of student age or those just beginning their professional careers.

Eligibility and Award
The competition is open to any composer currently living in New York State (students currently studying in New York State ARE eligible), born on or after May 1, 1991. Composers must submit music that has not previously been performed by the Society for New Music.

To honor the late composers Brian Israel and Sam Pellman, SNM is awarding a $1,000 Israel/Pellman Prize, as well as the $750 New York Federation of Music Clubs Israel Prize. Each winner will receive a performance during the 2021-2022 season.

Application and Deadline
Only online submissions are accepted, through this link, and must be received no later than May 1, 2021.


  1. Anonymous submission. The composer’s name is not to appear anywhere on the manuscript itself, nor on any accompanying recording. Please identify the score by marking it with a pseudonym.
  2. Online registration and submission. Go to this this online form to provide required information.
  3. Works should be concert music for one to seven performers, in any combination of instruments, electronic or digital instruments, and/or solo voices. Choral music will not be considered.
  4. Submissions not complying with the rules of the competition will be disqualified, as will scores not meeting minimum professional standards of notation.

A panel of composers, conductors and performers will judge compositions on originality, artistic promise, technical skill and effectiveness in performance. The judges reserve the right to recommend that no award be given. Their decision will be announced in June 2021.

Parts are the responsibility of the winning composers and must be available by August 1, 2021. The winning composers will each be expected to attend one rehearsal and the performance.

Complete guidelines can be downloaded here. For inquiries, contact Ryan Carter, Hamilton College, 198 College Hill Road, Clinton, NY 13323.