The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps – Symphonic Wind Band Composition Competition

The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band is pleased to announce its 2022 Composition Competition.

1. The competition is open to Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) composers who live in the United States and its territories. We encourage LGBTQIA+ composers, especially from the New York City area.
2. Only one work per composer will be considered.
3. Preference will be given to unperformed works written in 2022.
4. Works must be for full Symphonic Wind Band. Works with soloists, either instrumental or vocal, are not eligible. Works with electronics or chorus are not eligible.

The winning composition will be performed at our April 2023 concert at Symphony Space:
2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

An 8-10 minute programmatic work.

Piccolo, Flute 1/2, Oboe 1/2, Bassoon 1/2;
E♭ Clarinet, B♭ Clarinet 1/2/3, B♭ Bass Clarinet, B♭ Contrabass Clarinet (optional);
B♭ Soprano Saxophone (optional), E♭ Alto Saxophone 1/2, B♭ Tenor Saxophone, E♭ Baritone Saxophone;
B♭ Trumpet 1/2/3, F Horn 1/2/3/4, Trombone 1/2/3, Euphonium, Tuba;
String Bass;
Percussion – up to 12 players, including piano and mallets (vibraphone, marimba, glockenspiel, xylophone and crotales)

Preference will be given to compositions that utilize a large percussion section.

1. Submit full score in PDF format.
2. Submit recording (MIDI renditions accepted) in MP3 format.
3. Please make up a pseudonym. Scores and recordings should be anonymous, with no identifying information other than your “Pseudonym”. Please label as follows:
[Pseudonym_score] & [Pseudonym_recording].
4. Please submit a bio labeled: [LGBAC Composition Competition_bio_“your full name”].
5. Also submit a headshot labeled: [LGBAC Composition Competition_headshot_“your full name”].

Submissions should be sent to:
[email protected]

Only e-mail submissions will be accepted. Please do not send hard copies.
A panel made up of the Music Director, Assistant Conductor, and the Artistic Production Committee (made up of members of the band) will judge the submissions.
Prize money:

There is no fee to enter.

November 18th, 2022

Adjustments/edits may be requested of winning composition to fit our ensemble’s unique set-up.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at [email protected]

LGBAC Mission:
Our mission is to provide the LGBTQIA+ community with a supportive and friendly environment for musical and artistic expression and, through performance, to promote social acceptance, equality, and harmony for all. We welcome interested individuals of all orientations to come see for themselves how artistic dedication within a social environment can create quality entertainment that pleases, educates, and challenges us to grow.

About the LGBAC:
LGBAC was founded in 1979 as a community band and has continued to develop and grow over the past 40 years into a 100-member marching band and 120-member symphonic ensemble. Symphonic Band members represent a broad range of musical abilities, from seasoned musicians and music educators to individuals picking up an instrument for the first time in years. Our band is made up of people from all parts of the LGBTQIA+ community and our allies.