Society for New Music


Brian Israel Award

The Society for New Music and the New York Federation of Music Clubs sponsor the annual Brian M. Israel Competition open to composers living in New York State who are 30 years of age or younger as of May 1, whose music has not previously been performed by the Society. Composers may submit one work for 1-7 performers, in any combination, and may include tape or solo voices, but no choral pieces. Two awards are made—one for $500 and another for $250. Also, each of the two prize-winning compositions will be performed by the Society for New Music during the following season. Scores and tapes must be submitted anonymously by May 1.

For complete guidelines, please see, or contact:
Sam Pellman, Chair
Brian M. Israel Prize
Music Department
Hamilton College
198 College Hill Rd.
Clinton, NY 13323

so who's brian israel?

Brian Israel, 1951-1986, a pianist, composer, and conductor who performed with the Society for New Music for many years, received his MFA and DMA degrees from Cornell University. A native of the Bronx, he studied with Lawrence Widdoes, Ulysses Kay, Robert Palmer, Burrill Phillips and Karel Husa. He joined the Syracuse University School of Music faculty upon completion of his graduate studies, and remained there until his untimely death from leukemia at age 35. He was a popular and much-loved professor. A prolific composer, Brian won several awards and received numerous commissions, among them a commission from the Society for New Music. Several of his works have been recorded on Spectrum, Redwood, and Pro-Viva.

other grants

Symphony in C Young Composers' Competition 2015-16
Deadline: August 1, 2015

• Performance of the winning work by Symphony in C, conducted by Music Director Stilian Kirov, on September 26, 2015.
• Subsequent broadcast/webcast by WRTI-FM and
• Professional archival recording of the performance.
• Domestic airfare and hotel accommodations to attend rehearsals and concert.
• Winning work to be considered by Theodore Presser Company for inclusion in its rental library.

• Only composers born after September 26, 1985 may apply.
• Works with a performance history are eligible.
• Instrumentation may not exceed 3-2-2-2 (incl. standard doublings), 4-3-3-1, timpani, 3 percussion, harp, and strings. Please note the maximum orchestration is slightly different from previous years.
• Works with soloists are not eligible. An FAQ about instrumentation details is online at
• Only US citizens, permanent residents, and current foreign students at American schools may apply.
• Duration should be between 8 and 15 minutes.
• The winning composer must provide 2 full scores and a full set of parts, with a sufficient string count.
• The winning composer may be asked to participate in educational outreach programs during the week of rehearsals.
• Scores must be of a legibility suitable for efficient rehearsal and performance. Parts must be carefully proofread, and of a legibility suitable for efficient rehearsal and performance, with good page turns, and ample rehearsal numbers and cues. We recommend that all entrants consult our guidelines for preparing score and parts. You can download a copy at

• Send all materials to Symphony in C Young Composers' Competition, 576 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, NJ 08108. Packages must be postmarked by August 1, 2015.
• Submit 2 copies of the full score and 1 copy of a sample instrumental part. Only one work may be submitted by each composer. Scores must be submitted as hard copy, not as digital files.
• A stamped, addressed return envelope must be enclosed for return of all materials. Submissions sent without a return envelope will not be returned.
• Two copies of a recorded performance or reading session, or a piano or midi demo tape are preferred, but are not required. Recordings must be sent as an Audio CD.
• Each application must include a completed entry form, available at
• Supplementary bio materials (2 copies) may be enclosed but are not required.
• Previous winners are not eligible.
• Any questions about the application process should be directed to Daniel Dorff, Composer-in-Residence, at 610-306-9480, or Please do not direct general inquiries to the orchestra office.

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