Ninth Planet is excited to announce the 38th annual Suzanne and Lee Ettelson Composer’s Award. An award of $1,000 will be given for a new chamber work. Works submitted may have been performed previously. The winning work will be performed in the San Francisco Bay Area during Ninth Planet’s 2024-2025 concert season. Attendance at the performance is encouraged but not required. Works not awarded the prize will also be considered for programming.

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1. Enter your information (Name, Contact, and URL to audio recording and PDF) on the APPLICATION FORM page.
2. Complete the submission fee. A link will be provided after submitting the Application Form above. Submissions are not considered complete until the fee has been received.
3. Entries and payment must be received by May 1, 2024, at 11:59 pm PT.
4. The winning work will be announced in early July 2024.

NOTES: The submitted PDFs and audio links must be free of names and identifying marks.

Submission Guidelines:
Entries may be scored for one to five performers plus conductor. Performers shall be drawn from the core instrumentation of the ensemble Ninth Planet (one player each):

  1. Flute (C/Piccolo/Alto/Bass)
  2. Clarinet (Bb, Bass, Eb)
  3. Trombone (Tenor, Bass)
  4. Electric Guitar (also Acoustic Guitar)
  5. Piano
  6. Violin
  7. Cello
  8. Double Bass

Scoring may include one or two instruments not listed above, including voice(s) and electronics, but must include at least one member of the core instrumentation. There is no limit to piece length.

Applicants may be of any age or nationality.

ENTRY FEE: $25 general, $15 student currently enrolled at a degree-granting institution ​

See FAQ document here.