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National Sawdust seeks scores from female, nonbinary, and trans composers for Hildegard Competition

National Sawdust, the Brooklyn-based center for new music, has announced the second annual Hildegard Competition, named for medieval composer Hildegard von Bingen. Launched last season to give female, nonbinary, and trans composers opportunities for their work to be recognized, the competition is targeted to composers in the early stages of their careers, providing them with financial resources, a public performance, recording opportunities, and mentorship from composers and musicians. For its second edition, the competition will also seek to uncover how gender distorts the lens through which music is perceived. Composers of winning works will each receive a $7,000 prize, a performance and recording by the new National Sawdust Ensemble under the baton of resident conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya, and coaching and mentorship by the six judges. Hildegard Competition winners’ music will be recorded and released on NS Tracks. The deadline for submitting scores is November 30, 2018, and the winners will be announced in early February 2019. A concert featuring the winning compositions, as well as music by the runners-up, will take place next June. Funding for the Hildegard Competition comes in part from a grant by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. Click here for submissions and further information.

Posted October 25, 2018

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