Composition Contest 2022

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.

Instrumentation

FEATURED DIVISION:

  • Compositions for solo horn and keyboard instrument. (Keyboard instruments may include piano, harpsichord, organ, electronic keyboard, or mallet percussion.)

VIRTUOSO DIVISION:

  • 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.

Report of the 2020 Composition Contest

We had a record number of eighty-eight, (88!) compositions submitted from sixteen (16) different countries.  Among this fine group of Horn compositions submitted, the judges have made the following selections:

Read more: Report of the 2020 Composition Contest

Report of the 2016 IHS Composition Contest

In 2016, The International Horn Society celebrated the 37th year since its first Composition Contest.  In 2016, the Composition Contest received 77 entries from 10 countries: 16 entries in the Featured Division and 61 entries in the Virtuoso Division.

The countries represented included Australia (5), Denmark (1), Canada (3), Germany (3), Israel (2), Italy (2), Portugal (2), Switzerland (1), the United Kingdom (4), and the United States of America (54).

Read more: Report of the 2016 IHS Composition Contest

2009 Contest Results & Statistics

The 2009 IHS Composition Contest received a record 85 entries from 16 nations. Winning First Prize was Luis Saglie for his Evocación for horn and piano. Second Prize went to Laurence Lowe for his Sonata No.2 for Horn, Soprano and Piano. Honorable Mention was given to: James Naigus, Three for Five for five horns; Martin Rokeach, Delicate Fear for horn and piano; Kazimierz Machala, Concerto for horn, winds and percussion; and Israel Neuman, Turnabouts for horn and tape. The following information was provided by the composers.

Read more: 2009 Contest Results & Statistics

2005 Contest Results & Statistics

First Prize: Paul Lansky, Etudes and Parodies for Violin, Horn and Piano
Available from Bridge Records
CD: William Purvis, horn, Curtis Macomber, violin, Mihae Lee, piano Bridge 9222
Bridge Records, Inc.

Second Prize: Lawrence Dillon, Revenant: Concerto for Horn and Orchestra
Available from the composer

Read more: 2005 Contest Results & Statistics

Report of the 2018 International Horn Society Composition Contest

In 2018, The International Horn Society celebrated the 39th year since its first Composition Contest.  In 2018, the Composition Contest received 44 entries from 9 countries: 3 entries in the Featured Division and 41 entries in the Virtuoso Division.

For the 2020 Virtual Workshop, Composition Contest Coordinator and Dr. Jena Gardner prepared this video interview with the winners.

Read more: Report of the 2018 International Horn Society Composition Contest

2014 Contest Results and Statistics

In 2014, The International Horn Society celebrated the 35th year of its Composition Contest. During this special anniversary year, there were two divisions in the contest.

1. The Featured Composition Division: Compositions in this division were works of moderate difficulty for solo horn and keyboard instrument.

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

Read more: 2014 Contest Results and Statistics

2003 Contest Results & Statistics

First Prize: David Rakowski, Locking Horns for Horn and Chamber Orchestra
Editions Peters, #67995
CD: Daniel Grabois, horn, Sequitur, Paul Hostetter, conductor, Troy 607 Albany Records

Second Prize: Paul Stanhope, Songs for the Shadowland for Soprano, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn and Piano
Available from the Australian Music Centre

Read more: 2003 Contest Results & Statistics

2007 Contest Results & Statistics

First Prize: Lee Actor, Concerto for Horn and Orchestra
Available from the composer

Second Prize: Dana Wilson, Shallow Streams, Deep Rivers for Violin, Horn and Piano
Available from Hickey's Music

Honorable Mention:

Jan Bach, Oompah Suite for Horn and Tuba
Available from the ITEA Tuba Euphonium Press

Read more: 2007 Contest Results & Statistics

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