National Sawdust, the Brooklyn-based center for new music, is accepting applications from early-career trans, female, and nonbinary composers for its third annual Hildegard Competition, named for medieval composer Hildegard von Bingen. In addition to receiving a $7,000 cash prize and a professional performance and recording of the three winning composers’ new chamber works, the winning composers will be mentored by figures in the new-music field who also serve as judges for the competition, who this year include National Sawdust Artistic Director Paolo Prestini, Gavin Rayna Russom, and Joan La Barbara. Proposed works must be written for a combination of flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion, plus up to four voices and electronics as additional options. Winning works will be performed at National Sawdust in June 2020 by conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya and the National Sawdust Ensemble, led by Jeffrey Ziegler. The deadline for submitting scores is Friday, November 22. Winners will be notified in late December 2019. The Hildegard Competition is supported by the Toulmin Foundation. Click here for more information.
Posted October 30, 2019