Date: June 30th, 2016

Celebrating 200 Years of The West Point Band

Deadline: September 18, 2016
Vox Novus is calling for pieces 6-10 minutes in duration, composed in celebration of the West Point Band’s 200th year to be premiered in December 2016.
All pieces are to be composed to celebrate the West Point Band’s 200th birthday in 2017.
The West Point Band is looking for works that challenge and inspire; while at the same time are easily programmable for presentation before a broad audience.

-Works are for the full concert band.
The following instrumentation is available:
3 flutes (usually 2 flutes and one picc, but all double on picc when needed)
8 clarinets 8 clarinets (E flat, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, bass)

2 oboes (EH as needed)
2 bassoons
4 saxes (alto/sop, alto, tenor, bari)
6 trumpets (doubling on cornet/flugel/C trumpet/whatever else)
4 horns
4 trombones (3 tenor, 1 bass)
2 euphoniums
2 tubas
1 timp
4 percussionists
1 piano
1 double bass
1 guitar (doubles on banjo, mandolin, and electric guitars)

-Works should be composed specifically for this call and performers.
-All pieces must be premieres.
-No works under 6 or over 10 minutes will be reviewed.
-Multiple submissions are not accepted. Send your best work!
-Works need to be submitted online at www.MusicAvatar.org
-You will need to register with Music Avatar for free to submit your work online.
-After logging in to Music Avatar, select the opportunity named “Celebrating 200 Years of The West Point Band” and press the "submit" button to start the submission process.
-You will need to provide a maximum 300-word biography and 300-word program notes.
-You will be able to upload a score as a PDF file. Include the score and parts together as one PDF file.
-Uploading an audio file is recommended; but not required.
-Must include the dedication to West Point Band on the first page of music of the score.
-Performance notes should be included in the score.

Results will be announced via the Composer’s Voice website and Composer’s Site. www.ComposersSite.com

The West Point Band is the Army’s oldest musical organization and continues to provide world-class music to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets and to serve as ambassadors of the United States Military Academy and the Army to local, national, and international communities. Its innovative programs and performances are enjoyed across the globe through regular television, radio, and recordings. The West Point Band traces its lineage back to a single drummer and fifer left to maintain the tradition of military music at West Point after the Revolutionary War. Over the next 200 years, the band evolved into one of the most capable and versatile professional performing groups in the world.

Many band members hold graduate degrees from the world’s finest music schools and all have earned substantial professional musical achievements prior to serving their country as professional musicians. The organization fulfills more than 1600 official missions annually, including military and patriotic ceremonies, public concerts, parades, professional and collegiate sporting events, internet, radio and television broadcasts, and numerous ceremonies and special events for the Corps of Cadets, the West Point community, New York City, and the broader area of the northeastern United States.

As the senior premier musical representative of the United States Army, the band has appeared at numerous historical events. It performed at dedication and rededication ceremonies of the Erie Canal; at the St. Louis, Chicago and New York World’s Fairs; Grand Central Station, the Statue of Liberty, and at the battlefield at Gettysburg; for the funerals of Ulysses S. Grant and Franklin D. Roosevelt as well as the inaugurations of numerous presidents. Additionally, the West Point Band has collaborated with some of the finest musical ensembles in the country, including the New York Philharmonic and the Boston Pops. Members of the West Point Band have also been showcased at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center The Today Show, 60 Minutes, Dateline NBC, A&E and documentaries occurring on the History and Discovery Channels, and even featured on their own national broadcast of “A West Point Holiday Show” on Fox News during the holidays in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Additionally, the band also collaborates with Columbia University, and the English and Philosophy, Geography, and History departments at West Point as dynamic teaching resources.

The Composer’s Voice Concert Series is an opportunity for contemporary composers to express their aesthetic and personal voice. Founded in 2001 by Robert Voisey, Composer’s Voice has presented hundreds of concerts in New York City. The series has premiered thousands of works from living composers from around the world. Works are chosen from a wide range of contemporary composers of different styles, aesthetics, and genre. The works are performed by dedicated musicians devoted to new music. Performances are recorded and archived to further promote new music, performers, and composers. Audio, video, scores, and programs can be found on the Composer’s Voice website.
More can be found at the Composer’s Voice website www.ComposersVoice.com

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