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Composition Competition

Deadline to Apply: March 1st, 2019


Application Fee: No Application Fee


Meet the 2019 Judges

Marcus Grant


The Brass Roots

Robert Tindle

Winner of the FredBrass15 Composition Competition

Julián Brijaldo

Winner of the FredBrass17 Composition Competition

2019 Composition Competition 



Inaugurated in 2015, the goal of the FredBrass Composition Competition is to expand brass ensemble repertoire while providing festival participants with the opportunity to showcase new works. The first winner of the contest was Miami-based composer Robert Tindle, whose submission "Where Heroes Lie" was premiered by the 2015 FredBrass faculty/student ensemble in Fredericksburg, VA.


The winner of each location will receive:

  • $500

  • A live recording of the premiere performance

  • Recognition in the corresponding festival programs

  • A contract with SoundScape Music Press to sell their composition

    • 30% of all future sales of the composition go to the composer





The submitted material must be wholly new and written for the purposes of this competition. Arrangements, including arrangements of one's own music, will not be accepted. 


Instrumentation may NOT exceed the following:


  • 6 Trumpets (flugelhorn and piccolo trumpet available)

  • 4 Horns in F

  • 3 Trombones

  • 2 Bass Trombones

  • 2 Euphoniums

  • 2 Tubas


The premiere of the winning piece will be performed by participants ranging in age from high school students to college graduates.



Application Materials


An .mp3 (midi is acceptable) and a PDF score for a 1-2 minute excerpt of the composition.   


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