Dear Hornists, Composer Friends — and Friends of Composers:
During the past four decades this project has supported the composition of hundreds of new works for the Horn. Composers and Hornists have had a great ongoing relationship dating back — at least — to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Joseph Ignaz Leutgeb. During my presentation at the recent Virtual International Horn Symposium, I noted additional collaborations between Hornists and Composers - including some of our recent winners. Please see the video on the Composition Contest at the 2020 Virtual Workshop!. So, if you are a Composer, talk to your local Hornist, and if you are a Hornist, talk to your local composer. We are encouraging your collaboration as you submit new works to this year's Composition Contest of the International Horn Society.
For more information, rules, and electronic submission see the Composition Contest Portal at The International Horn Society Website. This also provides information about notable works from recent past contests:
Randall E. Faust
International Horn Society Composition Contest Coordinator
Contact your favorite nearby composer
2020 International Horn Society Composition Contest
Prizes: $1250 for Each Division
- The Featured Composition Division: Compositions in this division are works of moderate difficulty. “In the featured DIVISION, the horn part should be playable by the entire spectrum of Hornists within the International Horn Society: Students, Amateurs, and Professionals. It should have musical content that would have the integrity to honor the professional hornists—yet within the pitch and technical range of the panorama of student and amateur players.
- The Virtuoso Composition Division: Compositions in this division have no difficulty limitation and are from one of the following instrumentation categories.
- Compositions for Horn Ensemble (two or more players, all horns)
- Solo Horn featured with large ensemble. (The large ensemble may include any group of electronic, acoustic instruments and/or voices.)
- Horn with chamber ensemble of three or more performers (one horn part only) (The chamber ensemble may include any combination of electronic instruments, acoustic instruments and/or voices.)
- Compositions for solo horn and keyboard instrument. (Keyboard instruments may include piano, harpsichord, organ, electronic keyboard, or mallet percussion.)
- Compositions for Solo Horn (alone/unaccompanied)
- Compositions for Solo Horn with Vocal Ensemble
For more information, rules, and electronic submission see the Composition Contest Portal at The International Horn Society Website.
ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED by DECEMBER 1, 2020