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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.
2003 Jazz Composer Commission
Dave Chisholm, Lyle Durand
2004 Jazz Composer Commission
2005 Jazz Master Award*
2006 Jazz Master Award*
2007 Jazz Master Award*
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
2012 Jazz Composer Commission
2012 Jazz Master Award**
2013 Jazz Composer Commission
*The Jazz Masters Award Replaces Jazz Composition Commission
**Awarded concurrently with the Jazz Composer Commission Award.