Performing Ensemble Competition 2010
Prize: $1000 and the opportunity to perform a work created by acclaimed composer Dennis Báthory-Kitsz on a concert in early 2011 (date TBA).
Entry fee: $75 per ensemble.
Deadline: September 1, 2010
Montpelier, Vermont, is one of the most beautiful places in America, and its acoustic spaces are wonderful. Site of the 2001 Ought-One Festival of NonPop, Montpelier offers a view of small-town America that has an open mind and gentle spirit.
Renowned composer Dennis Báthory-Kitsz has written nearly 1,000 works for diverse soloists and ensembles and electronics, and his 2007 project "We Are All Mozart" brought him 100 commissions in a single year. Also known as the co-host of the ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award-winning Kalvos & Damian, he lives just south of Montpelier. Unaffiliated with academic networks, Bathory-Kitsz reveals a deep and almost infinite sensibility that is compelling to the audience but with no lack of performance challenges.
The Báthory-Kitsz Performing Ensemble Competition 2010
Rules and conditions
- There are three categories:
- For ensembles of three to six performers under age 21. No performer may be older than 21 years as of September 1, 2010. For beginning ensembles, this is an opportunity to grow into the work of a mature composer.
- For ensembles of five to six performers ages 21 to 35. No performer may be older than 35 years as of September 1, 2010. For ensembles growing in maturity and with adequate energy, this is an opportunity to learn how mature composers think and write.
- For ensembles of four to six performers over age 35. No performer may be younger than 36 years as of September 1, 2010. For mature ensembles, this is an opportunity to meet eye-to-eye and ear-to-ear with an accomplished, mature composer.
- Composer colleagues may be invited to assist in judging the entries, but Dennis Báthory-Kitsz is the sole arbiter of the winning ensembles. This decision is the composer's alone and not subject to appeal.
- A minimum of 15 entries must be received in each category. If the minimum number of entries is not met or the quality of submissions is insufficient, prizes may not be awarded in the category. The decision to award prizes is Dennis Báthory-Kitsz's alone and not subject to appeal. If prizes are not awarded in a category, entry fees will be returned.
- Materials required are:
- One concert and one studio recording each of compositions by living composers (maximum of four compositions).
- A cover letter of interest, also indicating of category of application and acceptance of all conditions.
- A list of all available dates before June 1, 2011, for the performance in Montpelier, Vermont.
- Proof of age (copy of drivers license, passport or birth certificate).
- All physical materials are to be sent in duplicate, accompanied by the entry fee of $75. Materials may be sent via postal mail or email; please use this form to contact Dennis Báthory-Kitsz for submission information.
- Materials sent by postal mail will be returned only if adequate packaging and sufficient postage are provided.
- Postmark or email stamp deadline: September 1, 2010. Late entries will neither be considered nor returned.
- Winners will be announced and score and parts provided by Dennis Báthory-Kitsz on or before October 1, 2010.
- Performers under legal age must present evidence that they have permission to travel to Montpelier, Vermont, for this performance.
- Performers must provide their own round-trip transportation and arrange for accommodations in the venue in Montpelier, Vermont. Dinner of food from local farms will be provided by Dennis Báthory-Kitsz and his family for all performers. (Please indicate diet limitations in your cover letter.)
- Two hours of rehearsal time in the hall will be made available to each ensemble on the day of the concert.
- A recording will be made of the concert and provided to the performers, who may use it for noncommercial purposes. A podcast may be made during and after the concert. Dennis Báthory-Kitsz retains all rights to the performance recording and its distribution.
- Winning ensembles who cannot perform at the concert will forfeit the prize and entry fee, and must arrange for a replacement ensemble to perform the concert at the appointed time and date.
- No compensation beyond that presented in these rules and conditions is offered, expressed or implied.
- Submission to this competition indicates agreement with all rules and conditions, including possible re-organization of personnel to match the score's orchestration.