2018 Terra Nova Program Guidelines

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In 2007, The Gower Community Band (GCB) established a program for the encouragement, development, and performance of new Concert Band Compositions in Newfoundland and Labrador. The initiative includes the awarding of annual Composition Prizes in conjunction with Memorial University’s School of Music, and provides the opportunity for performance to audiences in the Province and beyond. The GCB will encourage other bands to include these new works in their repertoire, with potential compensation to composers and opportunities for further exposure through performances and recordings. In this respect, it is important that compositional creativity be expressed within the performance levels and instrumentation of average community or high school bands (i.e. grades 3-4). 


Any student enrolled at the School of Music for 2017-2018, including graduating students, may submit work.


Minimum five (5) minutes duration, written for standard high school or community band, e.g. grades 3-4. Works must have been written in the last two years, and must not have had a public performance. The Gower Community Band retains the right of first performance for award-winning entries, but thereafter performance by other groups, recording and publication is encouraged. Composers retain proprietary ownership of their works.  


A total of $1,500 annually, available as follows: $1,000 for the category of Original Works (see “Award-Winning Works” list on page 4 of these Guidelines), and $500 for the category of Arrangements (see insert), may be awarded in commensurate amounts at the discretion of the judges. Works chosen are performed in special GCB Gala Concerts known as “The GCB Terra Nova Concerts”. This designation carries the connotation of “new lands” for exploration of musical style, form, and creative talent within the limits of performance level and instrumentation as specified.


  • Flutes (div. in 2 or 3 parts; optional piccolo*)
  • Clarinets (div. in 2 or 3 parts); bass clarinet*
  • Oboes* (1 or 2 parts)
  • Saxophones:  Alto (div. in 2 parts), Tenor, Baritone* (Soprano* optional)
  • Bassoons* (1 or 2 parts)
  • Trumpets/cornets (div. in 2 or 3 parts)
  • Horns (div. in 2, 3, or 4 parts)*
  • Trombones (div. in 2 or 3 parts)
  • Euphoniums (B.C., transposed part for T.C. must also be provided)
  • Tubas
  • Electric Bass* (transposition  of Tuba)
  • Percussion in at least 4 parts recommended, including mallet instruments)
  • N.B.: Solos written for instruments marked (*) should be cross-cued in other instruments.

By entering the competition, composers agree to abide by the following submission criteria and guidelines:

Submission Criteria:

Scores are to be submitted to the main office at the School of Music on or before April 2, 2018, in an envelope without the composer’s name, marked “GCB Terra Nova Program”.  Four bound copies of the score are to be included, bearing no composer’s name and no other markings that show the composer’s identity (work titles are required). A sealed envelope containing the title of the work, the composer’s name, and the composer’s contact information (email and phone) is to be included in the submission envelope. Computer-generated recordings are encouraged, but are not required. Program Notes are required, and Notes to the Conductor are encouraged.

It is expected that the Director and Associate Director of the Gower Community Band will be in contact with the winning composers throughout the rehearsal of their works as a vital element of the learning process for the composers and the rehearsal process for the Band. Past award winners have found this direct interface with musicians to be very helpful.


  1. Composers are advised to check practical instrument ranges (as opposed to absolute instrumental ranges) very carefully in order to remain in the “standard high school or community band” specification. Notes in the extreme high or low range of any instrument should be avoided. Likewise, composers should consider the typical high school or community band levels (grades 3-4) carefully when deciding on the complexity of time signatures, key signatures, and rhythmic patterns. Publishers’ grading and festival syllabi would be helpful aids.
  2. In determining winning submissions, adjudicators will focus primarily on artistic integrity and creativity of the works, but composers should be aware that errors in instrumentation, range, transposition, rhythmic patterns, scoring, or significantly exceeding the grades 3-4 standard, and identification of the composer will be considered and could result in disqualification.
  3. Composers should ensure that adequate phrasing, dynamics, and articulation marks are provided to enable the correct interpretation of their works.
  4. Scores must be submitted with each part transposed appropriately.
  5. Winning composers will be asked to use a computer program to submit Finale-compatible files to the Gower Community Band. These files will be archived in the GCB computer resources for potential future GCB performance only.


Winners will be contacted on or before April 20, 2018, and will need to provide a full, proofread set of parts and program notes to the GCB on or before April 30, 2018. The premiere performance will take place during autumn 2018, with the exact date to be determined by the GCB. Winning composers are expected to attend a rehearsal of their works in advance of that date as invited by the GCB, and to be present for the concert and as Guests of Honour at the reception which follows.