The Arapahoe Philharmonic, in support of its ongoing mission to recognize young talent in the classical music field, will be accepting applications for its 2018 Vincent C. LaGuardia, Jr. Composition Competition during the month of June.
This competition is for student composers under the age of 35 and enrolled in a US-based educational institution, and who are not yet regularly employed in the composition field. The winner will be named Composer-in-Residence with the Arapahoe Philharmonic for two seasons (2018–2019 and 2019–2020). The orchestra will perform the competition-winning composition during its May 2019 concert and will commission a new orchestral work to be performed on a Masterworks concert during the 2019–2020 concert season.
The application process and entry guidelines are outlined on the Arapahoe Philharmonic’s website at arapahoe-phil.org/competitions/composition-competition/. All applications must be submitted online. Submissions will be accepted beginning June 1, through 11:59 p.m. June 30.
Three finalists’ works will be selected to advance to the final round consisting of an open rehearsal/reading of the works Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 7:30 p.m. (Venue information will be available on our website in July.) The reading will be open to the public and those in attendance will be invited to vote for their favorite composition. Audience member results will be considered alongside results from the competition judges and orchestra members.
The 80-member Arapahoe Philharmonic has been a valuable cultural asset in the Denver metropolitan area for 65 years. In addition to its regular season of six masterworks concerts, the orchestra offers many services to the community, including concerts for elementary school students, coaching students from area middle schools and high schools, a side-by-side Play-In for high school and community musicians, the T. Gordon Parks Concerto Competition, and the Vincent C. LaGuardia, Jr. Conducting Competition, which alternates annually with this Composition Competition.
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