FEBRUARY 1, 2016
A $3,000 commission will be awarded for the selected composer by the University of New Mexico John Donald Robb Musical Trust. The commissioned piece will be performed during the UNM John Donald Robb Composers’ Symposium, March 26-29, 2017.
There is no age limit, and composers from around the world are welcome to apply. One entry per person is permitted. The winning composer must agree to be present and participate at the Composers’ Symposium for the acceptance of the award and the performance of his/her composition. (People affiliated with the UNM Robb Trust are not eligible to compete.)
Composers are asked to submit up to two scores for solo or chamber ensemble. Submitting recordings is optional, but works involving electronics must submit a recording.
A panel of judges will select a composer to receive the commission and will send a contractual letter of agreement to the winning composer. If this composer declines the commission another will be selected.
Half of the commission prize ($1500) will be paid upon delivery of the finished score and parts. The remaining amount ($1500) will be awarded during the 2017 Composers’ Symposium at the University of New Mexico. The composer must be in attendance to receive payment. A travel stipend of up to $800 will be reimbursed for travel expenses to Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA) for participation in the Composers’ Symposium.
HOW TO APPLY
Application materials and completed scores must be received by February 1, 2016.
Early application is strongly recommended. Entries not meeting requirements will be rejected without recourse.
HOW TO APPLY
Application materials must be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. If scanning a large handwritten score, please limit resolution. If you encounter delivery difficulties, contact the Trust at email@example.com for delivery options.
Each of the following items should be submitted as separate individual attachments:
Contact the Robb Musical Trust with any questions, or by phone at 505-277-8967.
For information about the John Donald Robb Archive of Southwestern Music, please contact the UNM Center for Southwest Research, or by phone at 505.277.6451. The center is located within UNM's Zimmerman Library, and you may also visit in person.
2014: Luke Dahn, a professor at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa: “Buffalo Dance” for alto saxophone and piano.
2012: Paul Clift, a composer living in New York City: "1950c" for restrung classical guitar.
2010: Colin Holter, a composer based in Cleveland: "The Recording You Will Now Hear" for piccolo, contrabass clarinet, clarinet, piano, vibraphone, violin and cello.
2008: Dr. Gary Smart, a professor at the University of North Florida: "Song of the Holy Ground" for piano and string quartet.
2006: No prize awarded.
2004: Carl Donsbach, a guitarist based in Albuquerque: "Palomita: Canción for Piano Trio."