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THE ROBERT AVALON INTERNATIONAL
COMPETITION FOR COMPOSERS

Information
Guidelines
Application
Rules & Guidelines

Eligibility (Four Categories):

Junior - Open to student composers enrolled through 8th grade as of May 1, 2017 and not older than 15. There is no lower age limit, but compositions should be of a mature level suitable for public performance.

High school - Open to student composers enrolled through 12th grade as of May 1, 2017 and not older than 19. Compositions should be of a mature level suitable for public performance.

University/Emerging Artist - Open to composers born on or after June 1, 1987.

Career Professional - no age limit.

Any individual may enter a higher category, but must choose only one. Past winners are not disqualified if entering different works. Multiple submissions are acceptable if remitting a separate entry fee for each piece.

Prizes:

Professional - First Place $1000 cash award, Second Place $750 cash award.

University/Emerging Artist - First Place $750 cash award, Second Place $500 cash award.

Junior and High School - First Place $150 cash award, Second Place $75 cash award.

How to Apply:

Send to
Foundation for Modern Music
1915 Commonwealth, Ste. 204
Houston, TX 77006

  • 3 copies of musical score, 2 of which must be free of any identifying information including composer name (no originals, hand-written manuscripts must be legible, measure numbers provided at each system). One copy may remain in the FMM library.
  • 3 copies in CD format of rehearsal or performance of the work marked only with composition title, no composer name (required for University and Career Professional entries, strongly encouraged for High School and Junior Divisions).
  • Copy of state ID, driver's license, birth certificate, or passport for all but Professional Division entrants
  • Printed application fee payment receipt from PayPal if you paid online, or check or money order payable to Foundation for Modern Music if you prefer to mail your application fee
  • Appropriately stamped return package envelope for return of scores and recordings (required if return of materials is desired)

To maintain anonymity, all names will be removed from scores and recordings prior to adjudication. The judges will receive no information about the applicant, and the winning composition will be chosen solely on its artistic merit.

All works must be free of exclusivity rights unless composer agrees to fund travel expenses and performance fees above our normal compensation for Houston musicians. Any restrictions on performance of a work by performers, publishers, etc. must be waived or the place and prize may be forfeited.

Parameters:

Instrumentation - Solo or chamber work not to exceed 5 performers. Any solo or combination of voice and/or standard acoustic instruments accepted. Non-standard and electronic are acceptable only if arrangements for the performers and any equipment needed in the finals concerts are provided by the composer. Organ and extensive prepared piano cannot be accommodated at this time.

Length - Maximum duration for Junior Division entries is 10 minutes. All others should be 5-15 minutes in length. Composition must have been completed after January 1, 2012. If an excerpt, representative selection, or movement of a larger work is entered, only that portion is to be programmed.

NEW FOR 2017: SHORT FILM SCORES

Eligibility (Two Categories):

University/Emerging Artist - No age limit, but composer has not scored for more than three full-length movies or documentaries.

High School and Junior - Open to student composers enrolled through 12th grade as of May 1, 2017 and not older than 19. Compositions should be of a mature level suitable for public performance.

Prizes:

University/Emerging Artist - First Place $750 award, Second Place $500 award.

High School and Junior - First Place $150 award, Second Place $75 award.

First places will be presented in an FMM program in the 2017-18 season; second if time allows.

How to Apply:

Send to
Foundation for Modern Music
1915 Commonwealth, Ste. 204
Houston, TX 77006

  • 3 copies in DVD format of the work marked only with feature title, no composer name.
  • (Optional for films with notated scores) 3 copies of musical score, 2 of which must be free of identifying information including composer name (no originals, hand-written manuscripts must be legible, measure numbers provided at each system). One copy may remain in the FMM library.
  • Copy of state ID, driver's license, birth certificate, or passport for High School and Junior entrants.
  • Printed application fee payment receipt from PayPal if you paid online, or check or money order payable to Foundation for Modern Music if you prefer to mail your application fee
  • Appropriately stamped return package envelope for return of scores and recordings (required if return of materials is desired)

To maintain anonymity, all composer names must be removed from any scores and edited out of movie credits prior to adjudication. The judges will receive no information about the applicant, and the winning composition will be chosen solely on its artistic merit.

All works must be free of exclusivity rights and available to present to the public in a theater venue without expense to FMM other than the prize award. Any royalties or restrictions on performance of a work by directors, performers, producers, publishers, studios, etc. must be waived or the place and prize may be forfeited.

Parameters:

Instrumentation - Any solo or combination of voice, electronic, and/or acoustic instruments accepted.

Length - Maximum duration for any single entry is 10 minutes. Composition must have been completed after January 1, 2012.

Application Deadline:

All application materials (in their entirety) must be postmarked no later than July 17, 2017.

Public performance (with audio recording) of winning compositions from Professional, University, and High School divisions in Fall 2017. University and Professional finalists must be prepared to travel to Houston for the concert.

Email office@modernmusic.org to alert the competition organizer of entries and to facilitate communication.

Judges:

FMM will appoint a panel of at least two depending on the entry numbers. Internationally acclaimed composers and performers on past panels have included William Bolcom, Kyong-Mee Choi, Edmund Cionek, Carlisle Floyd, Gabriela Frank, Arthur Gottschalk, Daron Hagen, Ted Hearne, Laura Jackson, Anne LeBaron, Tania Léon, Carman Moore, Christopher Theofanidis, Juan Trigos, and Mary Carol Warwick.

Application Fee:

Funds received are devoted exclusively to competition activities, primarily to fairly compensating world-renowned composers for ample time and effort in judging new works. For a listing of former judges and competition winners, please see the competition history.

We are pleased to offer secure online application fee payment through PayPal for your convenience. You may also mail payment as described above.

Junior Division
- $30 non-refundable
High School
- $30 non-refundable
University/Emerging Artist
- $40 non-refundable
Career Professional
- $75 non-refundable