There are Two Divisions

  1. 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.
  2. The Virtuoso Composition Division: Compositions in this division had no difficulty limitation and were from one of the following instrumentation categories.



  • 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
  • Compositions for Horn Ensemble (two or more players, all horns)
  • Horn with chamber ensemble of three or more players (one horn part only) (The chamber ensemble may include any combination of electronic instruments, acoustic instruments and/or voices.  Electronic instruments may be live or pre-recorded. Acoustic instruments may include Wagner Tuben.)
  • Solo Horn featured with large ensemble. (The large ensemble may include any group of electronic, acoustic instruments and/or voices. Electronic instruments may be live or pre-recorded. Acoustic instruments may include Wagner Tuben.)

Contest Rules

  1. Application Rules include the following:
    1. Scores in PDF Format. Personal name must be removed from the score. MP3 recordings of the composition. Personal information (such as embedded composer’s name) should be removed from the file. Maximum size is 30MB.
    2. A brief description of the work in MS-Word.doc format
    3. An on-line application, which will include the name of composition, entered as well as contact information (full name, address, phone number and email address).
      • Composer’s name and address must not appear on the scores, recording file or description file. All works are assigned a number to guarantee anonymity during judging.
      • Entry fee of $25 U.S.D. for each composition must be paid at the time of submission via the Horn Society website.
      • Entries must be received no later than December 1, 2022. Incomplete entries or entries submitted in an incorrect format will not be considered.
      • No more than one composition per division per composer is allowed.
      • Works submitted must have been composed during the past four years, and any composition that has received support from the International Horn Society Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance Fund is not eligible. Also ineligible are Officers and Staff of the International Horn Society—as well as the most recent winners of the Composition Contest.
  2. Files will not be returned and will become the property of the International Horn Society. Intellectual rights remain the property of the composer.
  3. The panel of judges may withhold the awards if the works submitted are deemed unqualified to receive such distinction. Judges may assign Honorable Mention status to compositions not selected for a monetary award.
  4. Contestants may expect to receive the results of the contest by February 15, 2023. Results of the contest, including a description of the winning compositions and composers’ biographies will appear in an issue of The Horn Call, the journal of the International Horn Society (circulation: over 3,000 members from 55 countries).
  5. The winner of each division will receive a prize of $1250 U.S.D. The winning compositions will be performed or featured, if possible, at an International Horn Society Workshop. The winning composers will have the option of having the  work published by the IHS Online Music Sales.
  6. Entrance into this competition constitutes acceptance of Application Rules.
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