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2019 Mallet Composition Contest

Once a year, at our Summer Intensive, the best young mallet players from around the world assemble for a weeklong intensive with some of the prominent educators in the field of mallet percussion! This year we have decided that it is time for us to do our part in expanding the repertoire in our specific area of the percussion world! With that we are proud to announce the first annual MalletLab Composition contest! Read below for instructions on how to submit your work! We hope that you will take this opportunity to add your voice to the ever growing soundscape of mallet percussion!


Details

  • Registration is open now and is available to all composers up to 25 years of age.

  • Registration fee is $75 per submitted piece.

  • Registration deadline is February 1st 2019.

  • Click the button below and fill out the registration form.

  • Upload a PDF and Mp3 file to dropbox and share via email to play@malletlab.com (both a PDF and MP3 must be included to be qualified. Audio files from the notation program are ok.

    • Submitted scores will be used by our panel for adjudicating, and the scores should be “publisher ready” in terms of formatting and expression.

    • Please include a copy of photo ID for age verification.

    • All compositions will receive notes from the panel in regards to the works that they submit regardless of wether their piece is chosen or not.

    • may submit more than one work but each work should be in a different category.

    • There are no placements. All chosen compositions will receive the same prize

    • We may not pick a composer from each category. Each piece will be judged on their own merit. There may be more than one piece chosen.

Categories

  • Mallet Solo

    • This is a piece where a mallet instrument is the primary voice and is written for one performer. While no live accompaniment will be accepted, the piece may include background tracking.

  • Mallet Duo

    • This is a piece written for 2 performers with two mallet instruments as the primary voice. While no live accompaniment will be accepted, the piece may include background tracking.

  • Mallet Trio

    • This is a piece written for three (3) performers on one or more mallet instruments. No backing track may be used

  • Mallet Quartet

    • This is a piece written for four (4) performers on one or more mallet instruments. No backing track may be used.

  • Mallet Quintet

    • This is a piece written for five (5) performers on one or more mallet instruments. No backing track may be used, however use of Timpani is acceptable and would be performed by a 6th player to be in this category. Piano or keyboard would also be acceptable in this category, but would not be one of the five players included in the quintet.

  • Mallet Ensemble

    • This is a piece written for six (6) performers on one or more mallet instruments. No backing track may be used, however use of Timpani is acceptable and would be performed by a 7th player to be in this category. Piano or keyboard would also be acceptable in this category, but would not be one of the six players included in the quintet. small drumset or percussion accessories may be used in this ensemble would also be acceptable in this category, but would not be one of the five players included in the quintet.

  • Marimba Quartet

    • Four Players on four separate Marimbas

  • Vibraphone ensemble

    • Three or More Players on individual Vibraphones

  • Metal Ensemble

    • 4 or more players on separate metallic percussion instruments. At least 75% of these instruments must be tuned percussion. These may include (but not limited to) Vibraphone, Glockenspiel, Crotales, Chimes, Desk bells, Tuned Gongs, Tuned Tone Chimes, Triangles etc…

    Prizes


Chosen composers will receive the following:

  • Their piece premiered at MalletLab

  • Fully paid tuition and rooming for MalletLab 2019 (June 16 - 22)

    • Tuition Does not include flight or food.

  • Multiple angle HQ video of your piece being performed.

  • In person feedback from our MalletLab faculty.

  • The opportunity for a Publishing Deal with MalletLab Publications (details to be discussed with winning participants)

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