NASA Composition Competition

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2014 Composition Competition

1st Prize
$1,000 in cash and/or merchandise

Eligibility | Materials | Applications | Rules | Judging | Questions

I. Eligibility

  1. This competition is open to any musician wishing to create an original work for saxophone and percussion.

II. Required Materials

  2. Original score and set of parts of the work to be considered, unidentified except for title, in PDF or other suitable format for electronic submission.
  3. MIDI realization or acoustic reading of the work, unidentified except for title  (optional). If sending a large audio file, please provide a link to an external site for  download, such as Dropbox.
  4. Applicant’s name, address, phone, email and a brief biography of the composer (250 words maximum) for publication in the NASA Biennial Conference Program.

III. Applications

IV. Contest Rules

  • The 2014 NASA Composition Competition is offering a call for the creation of a work for saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor or baritone) and percussion (1 player).  The piece must be at least six or more minutes in duration and must not have received an official premiere. A score and a full set of parts part must be provided. A MIDI realization or acoustic reading of the work is optional.

V. Judging

  • The adjudication committee will review scores and parts without knowledge of individual contestants.  Applicants should not include personal identification on the scores and parts or the optional MIDI realization. Participants will receive results via email or post no later than January 15, 2014.  The winning composition will be premiered at the NASA Biennial Conference, March 20-23, 2014 in Champaign, Illinois. For more information, please visit
  • The winning composer must attend the premiere, and travel expenses will be the responsibility of the winner.  Free registration at the NASA Biennial Conference will be provided. If the winner is a saxophonist, he/she must be a member of NASA.
  • All contestants will accept the decision of the judges as final. NASA will provide performers for the premiere performance.
  • All scores and parts will become the property of NASA and will not be returned.

VI. Winner

  • NASA assumes no tax liability that the competition winner may incur through the receipt of prize money. Individuals are responsible for investigating applicable tax laws and reporting prize winnings to requisite government agencies.

  • Announcement: 2014 Composition Competition

VII. Questions?

Any inquiries can be directed to:

Dr. Timothy McAllister
Bienen School of Music
Northwestern University