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Call for Entries: Jazz Composers for 2014 Big Band Commission @ Utah Arts Festival (Deadline: Jan 10)

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Utah Arts Festival Seeking Local Jazz Composers For 2014 Festival Big Band Commission

The Utah Arts Festival is accepting applications from local jazz composers for the 2014 Utah Arts Festival Jazz Composer Commission. One composer, currently residing in Utah, will be selected to write an instrumental big band work (no vocals) of five to seven minutes to be premiered by the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra on Friday, June 27 on the Festival Stage during the Festival.

The commission will pay $1500, which includes all artistic fees, and the cost of the score and parts. Past winners are ineligible. Those interested in applying for the 2014 Utah Arts Festival Jazz Composer Commissions must submit a one-page biographical sheet and a copy of one score for standard big band (4 or 5 trumpets, 4 trombones, 5 saxes, 4 rhythm section) with an accompanying CD or MP3 recording of the work. Hard copies and PDF files will be accepted, please do not send originals. Recordings must be clearly labeled and contain only the performance of the submitted piece. For the return of materials, composers must include a self-addressed mailer with correct postage.

Online submissions are encouraged, please email Henry.Wolking@music.utah.edu.

Hard copy submissions will also be accepted, please mail or deliver to:

Jazz Composer Commission
Utah Arts Festival
230 S 500 W, Suite 120
SLC, UT 84101

All participants will be notified of the winner by Friday, January 10, 2014.

Submissions are not considered anonymous. For more information, please contact Henry WolkingHenry.Wolking@music.utah.edu.

The 38th Utah Arts Festival runs Thursday, June 26 through Sunday, June 29, from noon to 11 p.m. on Library Square, 400 South and 200 East in downtown Salt Lake City. For details and more information visit uaf.org. Follow the Utah Arts Festival on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @utahartsfest

Utah Arts Festival Past Jazz Composer Commission Information
The first Utah Arts Festival Jazz Composer Commission was a split award between to two immensely talented young jazz composers, Dave Chisholm from Salt Lake City and Lyle Durand from Provo. Henry Wolking, coordinator of the classical commission and former Festival Director, Robyn Nelson, brainstormed the award in 2002. The first award was presented at the 2003 Festival where the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra premiered both works.

The Utah Arts Festival Jazz Composer Commission was developed to seek jazz composers residing in Utah with an individual voice, and with the ability to compose a 7-9 minute work for jazz big band, either in contemporary or traditional style. The purpose of the commission is to provide Festival patrons with a unique work that is an outgrowth of the community and to support local jazz artists. The chosen composer receives $1500.

Past Winners*
2003   Jazz Composer Commission    

Dave Chisholm, Lyle Durand

2004   Jazz Composer Commission    

Brian Booth

2005   Jazz Master Award*                  

Larry Smith

2006   Jazz Master Award*                    

Lars Yorgason

2007   Jazz Master Award*                    

Bob Bailey

2008   Jazz Composer Commission    

Melanie Shore, Courtney Smith

2009   Jazz Composer Commission    

Steve Lindeman, Jay Lawrence

2010   Jazz Composer Commission      

Shannon Roberts, Joe Chisholm

2011   Jazz Composer Commission            

David Featherstone

2012   Jazz Composer Commission            

Henry Wolking

2012   Jazz Master Award**                          

Neil Weight

2013   Jazz Composer Commission            

Russell Schmidt

*The Jazz Masters Award Replaces Jazz Composition Commission

**Awarded concurrently with the Jazz Composer Commission Award.

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