David R. Davidson Composition Contest

Handbell Musicians of America announces the fourth David R. Davidson Composition Contest.   The David R. Davidson Composition Fund was created in October 2008, to encourage the composition of original works for advanced handbell ensembles.  Works selected for awards from this fund will illustrate the high musical standards embodied by Maestro David Davidson.

Past winners:

2010 – The Stars Await by Ron Mallory

2011 – Black Belling by Anthony Chapman

2014 – Cascades by David Tiedman

Submission Guidelines

Please review ALL guidelines carefully an thoroughly before sending your submission.  Any failure to follow theses guidelines EXACTLY as listed below may result in immediate disqualification of your entry.

  1. Works submitted must be original compositions written for a full handbell choir.
  2. Compositions may be written for 3-7 octaves or 5-7 octaves.
  3. Composition may include additional, optional instruments.
  4. Preference will be given to works submitted by young and/or new composers.
  5. Entries must be sent to Jennifer Cauhorn, Handbell Musicians of America executive director, via e-mail to jcauhorn@handbellmusicians.org no later than 5:00 PM EDT on August 1, 2016.
  6. Entries must include the following (please send each item below as a separate file attachment to the e-mail – so there will be four attachments included with your entry e-mail):
    1. The subject line of the e-mail must contain “David Davidson Composition Contest”
    2. A PDF of the composition score – the score must NOT include the composer’s name
    3. An mp3 audio version of the composition.  This may either be a recording of a live choir performing the piece or a sound file generated by the notation software used (i.e. Finale, Sibelius, etc.)
    4. An anonymous resume for the composer including the following information
      • Birth date including year
      • A summary of previous compositions and the genre/instrument for which they were written
      • A summary of published compositions and the genre/instrument for which they were written
      • A brief description of musical & composition training and education
    5. Composer contact information including full name, e-mail address, mailing address, and day time phone number.
  7. The winning composition will be announced by September 15, 2016.  The committee reserves the right to select no winner if no qualified entries are received.
  8. The composer of the winning composition will receive a cash prize of $1,500 and travel expenses to the premiere performance of the piece.
  9. The winning composition will be published by AGEHR Publishing.
  10. The winning composition will be premiered at Distinctly Bronze West in February, 2017, under the direction of Kathleen Ebling Shaw.

Any questions regarding this contest or the submission guidelines should be directed to executive director, Jennifer Cauhorn, at jcauhorn@handbellmusicians.org.