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NEW HAVEN - In the interest of encouraging new works composed expressly for the carillon, the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America is pleased to announce a Composition Competition. Anyone, regardless of age or nationality, may enter this competition. A composer may submit more than one work, but only one prize will be awarded to any one individual. It must be a composition that has never been performed publicly, published, or awarded a prize in a previous competition. The duration of the composition must be between four and ten minutes.

Each composition must have been written or completed on or later than August 1, 2003. Older pieces will not be considered. Pieces previously adjudicated in this competition are also ineligible.

Each composition must be an original composition for carillon (not a transcription or arrangement of another work). Full-scale compositions based on pre-existing melodies (such as hymns) are allowed, provided the melody in question is not under copyright. Compositions employing additional instruments, pre-recorded sounds, or additional performers (more than one carillonneur) will not be considered.

Every composition must be playable on a carillon of 47 bells (with low C# and D# omitted) with a 2-octave pedalboard and traditional mechanical action. Optional notes (written in parentheses) for instruments larger than 47 bells are allowed, provided the piece may be played effectively on a carillon with that 47-bell range.

As many as two prizes may be awarded, the first prize being USD 800,00 and the second prize USD 400,00. The winning piece(s) will be premièred at a GCNA-congress and will be published and distributed by the GCNA.

A committee consisting of John Courter (Berea, Kentucky), Jeffrey Davis (Berkeley, California), Tin-Shi Tam (Ames, Iowa), George Gregory (San Antonio, Texas - alternate judge) will evaluate all entries received by the deadline. The committee reserves the right not to award either or both of the prizes if no piece meets the criteria. The scoring is for judging purposes only and will not be disclosed to the composers. The judgment of the committee is final.

To assure the most objective judging possible, the identity of the composers will not be revealed to the judges until after the completion of the judging process.

The composer of each prize-winning composition will be required to assign to the GCNA all publication rights in the composition, and to warrant to the GCNA that the composition does not violate any existing copyright in whole or in part, and that he has the lawful right to sell the composition.

Judges will be asked to evaluate the submitted compositions based on the following criteria:

  • Usefulness: Is this a piece that people would be interested in playing?
  • Effectiveness on the carillon: Is this piece idiomatic to the carillon?
  • Playability: Can a skilled carillonneur actually perform this piece?
  • Originality: Does this piece add something stylistically new to the carillon repertoire?
  • General Musical Interest: Does this piece sustain musical interest throughout?

Composers are expected to submit five copies on single-sided pages of the composition. Name and address of the composer must not appear anywhere on the music, but written on a note enclosed with the music. This note should also state the date the composition was written or completed.

Compositions must reach John Gouwens, who is acting as coordinator, no later than January 15, 2006. The address is: John Gouwens, Att'n Composition Competition, 1300 Academy Road, #133, Culver, Indiana 46511-1291, USA. The results will be established within a few weeks, and composers will be notified shortly thereafter.

Detailed information and a full copy of the official conditions can be obtained from John Gouwens: phone +1 (574) 842 21 83 (home) or +1 (574) 842 83 87 (office & voice mail); e-mail address E-mail.