- Applications open November 1
- Application Deadline February 15, 11:59 PM
- Winners announced by March 1 for performance the following academic year, usually in late January or early February.
Call for Proposals from Graduate Composition and Piano Students
Proposals will be accepted from graduate students for a commission award of $2,000 for work for or including piano. The proposals are to be made jointly by a graduate student composer and performer or group of performers. The composer will receive $1,000, and the performer/group of performers will receive $1,000. In the case of a group of performers, the $1,000 award will be distributed among the group. The composer and performer(s) will also be given a featured concert at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in the spring semester. This concert will offer the composer and performer(s) an opportunity to present works in addition to the commissioned piece.
The 21st CENTURY PIANO COMMISSION is an endowed award. Funding for this award was contributed by Jana Mason and her husband, Richard Anderson, to honor our talented new composers and performers at the UI School of Music and to promote their musical ideas in a concert.
The proposal should contain the length of the proposed piece and the anticipated instrumentation, as well as any other components agreed upon by the composer and the performer/s. It should also include a proposed program for the KCPA concert of 60 to 90 minutes in length, including intermission (if any) and stage changes.
Completed proposals should be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on February 15. Submit applications, along with the required sample scores and recordings, and the proposed concert program to Professor Stephen Taylor’s mailbox, University of Illinois School of Music.
Criteria for Selection:
The selection of the recipient of the award will be made on the basis of the submitted scores and recordings, as well as the proposed concert program. Judging will be based on artistic merit. Scores not including piano will be considered; however, preference will be given to demonstrated success with writing for piano or writing in such a manner that will suggest success in composing for piano.
The work to be composed should either be for solo piano, or employ the piano as at least an equal partner to any other instruments or electronics. The work should also make use of the skills of the traditionally trained pianist.
A panel consisting of faculty members or emeriti faculty will act as judges. Award winners will perform the winning composition during the annual award concert given in the spring term 2019 at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (subject to availability). Applicants must be enrolled at UIUC at the time of the application. While enrollment in the academic year 23-24 is not required, applicant performers and composers must agree to be available for a performance in Urbana at that time. Composers and performers who have won this award in the past are not eligible again.
The 21st CENTURY PIANO COMMISSION is an endowed award. Jana Mason and her husband, Richard Anderson, contributed funding for this award to honor our talented new composers and performers at the UI School of Music and promote their musical ideas in a concert.