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 $750 awards are made. 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

Austin Classical Guitar Ensemble Composition Competition
Deadline: January 10, 2018

Austin Classical Guitar is pleased to announce its 12th annual Guitar Ensemble Composition Competition. The goal of this contest is to encourage high quality new music for young and pre-professional guitar ensembles. The competition is open to composers of all ages who reside in the United States. The award is $500 and the selected piece will be performed by approximately 100 guitarists at the ACG Fest in Austin, TX on April 28, 2018.

For more information and submission guidelines, visit the website.

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