Call for original compositions 2020

The Grainger Wind Symphony is committed to performing Australian music, including that of Percy Grainger, and supporting composers in their endeavour. In addition to regular programming of Australian works, The Grainger Wind Symphony presents an annual public concert devoted to Australian composers and their compositions. This event, often called “Made in Australia”, has a particular focus on emerging composers: supplying growth and education opportunities through workshopping new pieces and creating a public arena for premieres.

Australian composers are invited to prepare and submit score and parts of an original composition for wind symphony.

The closing date is 12 April 2020.

In regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, we intend to proceed with the same deadline of 12 April 2020 as the processing of the submissions needs to be completed should we want to the opportunity to start rehearsals on the successful works in July for the concert in September. 

Selected works/composers will:

  • receive feedback from experienced musicians on elements such as score/part engraving, usual notational conventions, and instrumental idioms;
  • hear their work for wind symphony played by expert musicians;
  • be invited to attend rehearsals to discuss their work with players and obtain an audio recording of the rehearsal;
  • receive a complimentary double pass to the concert and so experience the full process—from players doing first sightread to the performance;
  • be invited to participate in a pre-concert panel and maybe introduce their item during the concert; and
  • receive a high quality, stereo mix of a multitrack recording of the performance—ideal for use in show-reels, CVs, and portfolios.

To be considered, the composer/work should meet the following requirements:

  • The composer is an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident. GWS may consider composers of other nationalities who are undertaking two or more semesters of tertiary music study in Australia.
  • The work is unpublished. That is, not available for retail purchase. Composers who self-publish (i.e. sell their scores online not through a publishing house) may submit works provided they grant GWS full, pro bono performance rights to the work.
  • The work is scored for the usual instrumentation of GWS.
    • Minor deviations from the usual instrumentation (e.g. for two French Horns rather than the standard four) are permitted.
    • Please avoid smaller ensembles comprising combinations of the usual instrumentation.
    • The usual instrumentation of GWS is attached at the bottom of this document.
  • The work is no longer than 15 minutes. GWS encourages shorter works as the rehearsal time is limited—shorter works allow for a more in-depth and more effective workshopping process.
  • Special elements of performance, such as projections, pre-recorded audio, electronics, rare/unusual instruments are permitted, but it is expected that the composer will be able to source or supply the necessary resources to perform such music successfully.
  • The score and all parts are clearly engraved. This means:
    • Avoid object collisions;
    • Avoid ambiguous, redundant, missing, or otherwise out-of-place markings (e.g. crescendo marks next to empty bars, needlessly split multi-rests, systems squashed with too many bars or stretched with too few, stray mute directions, fermata missing in some parts, tempo directions missing in some parts, etc.);
    • All text in score prints at a minimum size 10pt font, in parts minimum size 12pt font. Often the default font sizes are difficult to read in print;
    • The score and parts have the first bar of each system numbered and logically placed rehearsal marks through the work;
    • The score is laid-out on double-sided A3 paper (with margins for spiral binding), parts on double-sided A4 paper;
    • The score has a title page, list of instrumentation with the number of each part, program note, and composer bio.
    • Page breaks in parts accommodate page turns.

The first deadline is Sunday, 12th April 2020 for submission of:

  • full score in pdf
  • parts in pdf
  • program notes
  • a brief Covering Letter outlining the composer’s artistic aspirations/achievements, the stage the composer is at in their career, and that they meet the eligibility requirements set out above.

Submissions should be emailed to music.director@graingerwindsymphony.asn.au.

The selection panel will meet to discuss and determine which submissions will be selected for performance. All applicants will receive brief feedback on their submissions. Successful applicants may be required to make minor changes to facilitate the performance or rehearsal needs of GWS and should expect to meet with the Music Director to discuss their work.

The second and final deadline for those works selected for performance is Sunday, 14th June 2020 for the submission of the final version of the works. Composers to provide:

  • Printed and spiral-bound full score in A3 double sided pages with requested modifications, plus pdf of same;
  • Set of parts printed in A4 booklet layout (if more than one page) with requested modifications in standard copy-numbers used by publishers of concert band music; and
  • Head-shot photograph in hi-resolution and brief composer’s bio, along with web links, social media handles for program, website and publicity, in all digital format.

Rehearsals commence in July 2020. Successful composers will be invited to attend a rehearsal at a negotiated time and will have an opportunity to speak briefly with the players and conductor. All rehearsals of the work will be recorded and made available to the composer each week. The public performance is the concert Made In Australia on Saturday, 5th September 2020 in Richmond, inner city suburb of Melbourne.

Questions should be directed to Music Director Roland Yeung: m: 0432 445 577; e: music.director@graingerwindsymphony.asn.au.

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Usual Instrumentation of The Grainger Wind Symphony in Score Order

One Piccolo part (optional, one player; doubling flute)

Two Flute parts (two firsts, three seconds)

Two Oboe parts (one or two players; one maybe doubling Cor Anglais depending on player availability)

Two Bassoon parts (one or two players; please do not score for Contrabassoon)

One E-flat Clarinet part (optional, one player)

Three B-flat Clarinet parts (two or three each of firsts, seconds, thirds; or four parts with two per part)

One E-flat Alto Clarinet part (optional, one player)

One B-flat Bass Clarinet (one or two players; please do not score for contrabass clarinet Eb or Bb)

Saxophones in AATB (optional SAATB or SATB, one player per part)

Three, four, five, or six Trumpet/Cornet parts (four to six players; some maybe doubling flugelhorn)

Four Horn in F parts (one each on first, second, third, fourth, or Two Horn in F parts, two per part)

Two Tenor Trombone parts (two or three players; one first, two seconds or two firsts, one second)

One Bass Trombone part (one player)

One Euphonium part (one or two players)

One Baritone (treble clef) part (one or two players; an exact transposition of the Bass Clef Euphonium part)

One Tuba part (one or two players)

One String Bass (one or two players; dropped tuning ok, do not write for C extension)

Four Percussion parts (four or five players; including standard orchestral equipment, piano, mallet percussion, timpani, auxiliary)

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Submissions should be emailed to Roland Yeung Music Director  music.director@graingerwindsymphony.asn.au by 12 April 2020.