The Houston Bronze Ensemble, a community handbell ensemble from the greater Houston area, will celebrate their 30th Anniversary in the spring of 2019. It was now almost 30 years ago that our founders met for lunch with the purpose of forming an ensemble where directors from the churches would have an opportunity to ring. With nothing but a paper napkin to jot down possible names of members, our ensemble was created. We are still working on the final details of the date and location of our birthday celebration but we wish to announce something that we want to be included in that day, the performance of the winning composition of our first composition contest. More details about time and place will be coming soon but for now, please share the news about our composition contest with anyone that you feel might be interested in making a submission. If you are one of the people who might submit an entry, we wish you luck. We look forward to performing an exciting new piece or maybe two at our big celebration!
HOUSTON BRONZE 30TH ANNIVERSARY COMPOSITION CONTEST
Deadline: November 1, 2018
Prizes: $1,000 First place
$ 500 Second place
Send your submission with a cover letter to our blind trust.
19210 Swift Falls Ct.
Houston, TX. 77094
- Submissions may be made electronically. Please place "Houston Bronze Ensemble Composition Contest" in the subject line. Submit to the following email address: email@example.com
- Direct any questions about the contest via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please place "Houston Bronze Ensemble Composition Contest" in the subject line.
Rules for Composition Contest:
- Submissions must be postmarked by November 1, 2018.
- Submissions must include a separate cover letter with the contestant's personal information including name, address, email address and telephone number. No personal identification should appear anywhere on the manuscript.
- Submissions are to be written for performance on up to 7 octaves of Schulmerich handbells: C2 - C9, covering 3 octaves below middle C to 4 octaves above middle C. Our bottom octave of bells is bronze. The weight of these bells should be taken into consideration when composing.
- Submissions may include handchimes, up to 6 octaves (C2 - C8), Silver Melody Bells (C5 - C7), Petit and Fritsen bells (F4 - G6), Malmark Cymbells (C6 - C7).
- The composition should be an original composition, not an arrangement of a previously composed piece.
- The composition should be presented with standard handbell notation and in portrait format, with Middle C# and below in the bass clef and Db and above in the treble. A bell/chimes used chart must be included. Any questions about notation should be directed to email@example.com with "Houston Bronze Ensemble Composition Contest" in the subject line. The notation guide may be purchased at this website https://www.handbellworld.com/music/MSAReturn.cfm?page=1&title=Handbell+and+Handchime+Notation&ca=&stocknum=&Submit=Find+Sheet+Music
- Submission should be at least a Level 4 difficulty. More information about handbell leveling can be found at: http://handbellmusicians.org/music-resources/ahehr-music-2/notation-guide
- Composers must include an audio file with the submission. Any type of audio file is acceptable. This can be submitted electronically via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or burned to a CD and included with the submission. Please place "Houston Bronze Composition Contest" in the subject line. Reminder: Do not include any personal identification on the CD.
- All submissions postmarked by November 1, 2018 will be played through and judged by Houston Bronze Ensemble.
- Houston Bronze Ensemble membership will vote on each piece using the following criteria: audience appeal, musicality, creativity, and playability.
- Winners will be announced in December, 2018.
Houston Bronze Ensemble reserves the right to:
- The first performance of any titles submitted.
- Not award any or all of the prizes if, in the opinion of the membership, there are no worthy submissions.
- Make and retain necessary copies of all submitted compositions.
- Request changes be made to winning compositions.
- Record the submission in audio and/or video format without further compensation.
Composer has the right to:
- Hold the copyright for the composition and submit the composition for publication. If published, any prize-winning composition shall include the phrase “2019 Houston Bronze Ensemble 30th Anniversary Composition Contest Winner, Bill Nave, Artistic Director” in the dedication line with the appropriate award designation.
- Receive a copy of archive recording (not for sale), if it is recorded by Houston Bronze Ensemble.
- Receive a complete list of submissions, composers and winners.
If Houston Bronze Ensemble decides to perform any of the submissions not awarded first or second place, an Honorable Mention will be given to the composer. Composers of such pieces will receive a $100 cash award. If this piece is published, this award must be mentioned in the dedication line.
A link to a pdf. file of contest criteria is below: