Society for New Music


Brian Israel Award

The Society for New Music and the New York Federation of Music Clubs seek to encourage promising New York State composers of student age or those just beginning their professional careers.

Eligibility and Award
The competition is open to any composer living in New York State, born on or after May 1, 1985, whose music has not been previously performed by the Society for New Music. Two awards will be made: one for $750 and another for $250. Also, each of the two prize-winning compositions will be performed by the Society for New Music during the 2015-2016 season.

Application and Deadline
Send score and CD or cassette recording (strongly recommended, if available), postmarked no later than May 1, 2015, to:
Brian M. Israel Prize
c/o Samuel Pellman
Hamilton College Department of Music
198 College Hill Rd.
Clinton, NY 13323


  1. Anonymous submission. The composer's name is not to appear anywhere on the manuscript itself, nor on any accompanying recording. A composer may submit only one work.
  2. Online registration. Go to this online form to provide required information.
  3. Works should be concert music for one to seven performers, in any combination of instruments, tape, and/or solo voices. Choral music will not be considered.
  4. The Society for New Music assumes no responsibility for the safety of the materials submitted. Materials will be returned only if accompanied by self-addressed mailer and sufficient postage (SASE).
  5. Submissions not complying with the rules of the competition will be disqualified, as will scores not meeting minimum professional standards of notation.

A panel of composers, conductors and performers will judge compositions on originality, artistic promise, technical skill and effectiveness in performance. The judges reserve the right to recommend that no award be given. Their decision will be announced in June 2015.

Parts are the responsibility of the winning composers and must be available by September 1, 2015. The winning composers will each be expected to attend one rehearsal and the performance.

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

loadbang Call for Scores
Deadline: April 15, 2015

Composers are asked to submit a work of chamber music written 2011 or later for 2-7 players and/or singers, with or without electronics. It is recommended that the submitted work feature bass clarinet, trombone, trumpet, and/or male voice. Inclusion of a recording is required (MIDI realizations are NOT accepted).

Citizens or current residents of the U.S. are eligible. There is no fee for submitting.

Deadline is April 15 -- receipt date, NOT postmark.

Winning composer will receive $433 and will be commissioned to write a new work to be performed in New York City by loadbang in Spring 2016. Questions, correspondence, and submissions should be made electronically to

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