Arrangements & Transcriptions Competition

The GCNA Sally Slade Warner Arrangements & Transcriptions Competition Committee is pleased to announce the inaugural 2020 Warner Arrangements & Transcriptions Competition.

Two monetary prizes ($600 for first place and $400 for second place) will be awarded. At the Committee's discretion, a third place ($200) and a number of performance awards ($100) may also be awarded. All entries awarded prizes and performance recognition will have the opportunity to be performed at the GCNA Congress in 2020. (Longer works may be excerpted rather than performed in their entirety.)

Eligibility: The contest is open to all. Anyone may enter: there is no age limit, membership requirement, or nationality requirement. Committee members may submit pieces, but they will abstain from voting on their own submissions, and will not be eligible to win any of the top three prizes.

Submissions: Works may be any length. Submissions must be arrangements or transcriptions of existing works. An entrant may submit more than one work, but will not be awarded more than one of the top three prizes. Works must be playable on a four-octave carillon: 48 bells (c, d, ... chromatic to c4 with low C# omitted), with a 2-octave pedalboard (c, d, ... chromatic to c2). Notating bells outside of this range is permitted provided that substitutions are given in the 48-bell range. Both solo and duet arrangements and transcriptions are allowed. Arrangements for two-octave carillon are welcome.

Works may be submitted even if they have already been performed publicly. Works that have already been awarded a prize are ineligible. 

Submissions must be received by November 8, 2019

For entries based on works in the public domain, only arrangements and transcriptions that have not been published or sold are eligible. Works must be submitted via email to Hunter Chase at hschase@uchicago.edu. Submissions will be anonymized for the jury. Please do not include your name or any identifying information on the composition itself. Instead, please separately include your contact information. Winning entries will be offered publication by the GCNA. 

For entries based on copyrighted songs and pieces, the use of Sheet Music Plus SMP Press “ArrangeMe” service at www.smppress.com is encouraged. (This web-based service, a division of Hal Leonard, includes 1.8 million copyrighted songs and pieces that are pre-approved for arrangement or transcription. SMP Press takes care of permissions and royalties, and handles sales.) For such entries only, you must first self-publish your arrangement or transcription through SMP Press "ArrangeMe" before submitting it to the competition. Only works that were first published on SMP Press "ArrangeMe" between November 1, 2017, and November 8, 2019, are eligible. Works may be submitted via email to hschase@uchicago.edu and must be accompanied by paperwork showing the date on which SMP Press accepted the work for publication. Winning entries will be promoted on the GCNA website. 

For entries based on copyrighted songs and pieces not available through the SMP Press service, permission to arrange and distribute copyrighted works will be the responsibility of the entrant. Permissions must be obtained before submission to the competition. Arrangements and transcriptions that have already been published or sold are ineligible. Works must be submitted via email to hschase@uchicago.edu. Submissions will be anonymized for the jury. Please do not include your name or any identifying information on the composition itself. Instead, please separately include your contact information. Given proper permission, winning entries will be offered publication by the GCNA. 

The Jury: The jury will evaluate submissions based on their usefulness to the carillon community, and will give consideration to arrangements that enhance the current repertoire, or that represent diverse cultures, ideas, or musical styles. Submissions will be evaluated based on their effectiveness on the carillon, playability, originality, and general musical interest. 

To preserve anonymity of the entrants, we ask that entrants refrain from contacting, directly or indirectly, any members of the jury. Questions may be directed to Ellen Dickinson (committee chair) at ellen.dickinson@gmail.com, or to Hunter Chase (committee secretary) at hschase@uchicago.edu.

The jury members for the 2020 competition are: Margaret Angelini, Michael Solotke, Scott Orr, Minako Uchino and Lynnli Wang.

Results: All prize-winning entries will be announced March 1, 2020. Works that do not win a prize will remain the sole property of the arranger/transcriber.

Ellen Dickinson
Chair
Sally Slade Warner Arrangements & Transcriptions Competition Committee


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