PDF version of the guidelines (updated January 22, 2020)
Gower Community Band "Terra Nova" Program
Awards for New Concert Band Compositions
(April 6th, 2020 Submission Deadline)
In 2007, the Gower Community Band (GCB) established a program in conjunction with the Memorial University’s School of Music for the encouragement, development, and performance of new Concert Band Compositions in Newfoundland and Labrador. The initiative includes the awarding of annual Composition Prizes, 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. 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 2019-2020, 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 may retain proprietary ownership of their works.
A total of $2,000 annually, available as follows: $1,500 for the category of Original Works, and $500 for the category of Arrangements, 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.
By entering the competition, composers agree to abide by the following submission criteria and guidelines:
Scores are to be submitted to the main office at the School of Music on or before April 6, 2020, 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.
Winners will be contacted on or before April 24, 2020, and will need to provide a full, proofread set of parts and program notes to the GCB on or before May 4, 2020. The premiere performance will take place during autumn 2020, 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.