The 2018 International Horn Society Composition Contest

  1. The Featured Composition Division: Compositions in this division are works of moderate difficulty. “In the featured DIVISION, the horn part should be playable by the entire spectrum of Hornists within the International Horn Society:  Students, Amateurs, and Professionals.  It should have musical content that would have the integrity to honor the professional hornists—yet within the pitch and technical range of the panorama of student and amateur players.
  2. The Virtuoso Composition Division: Compositions in this division have no difficulty limitation and are from one of the following instrumentation categories. 

Instrumentation 

Featured Division

  • Compositions for Two or More Horns with a Keyboard Instrument (one keyboard performer). (Keyboard instruments may include piano, harpsichord, organ, electronic keyboard, or mallet percussion.)

Virtuoso Division

  • Solo Horn featured with large ensemble.
  • Compositions for Horn Ensemble (two or more players, all horns)
  • Horn with chamber ensemble of three or more players (one horn part only. The chamber ensemble may include any acoustic or electronic instruments.)
  • Compositions for solo horn and keyboard instrument. (Keyboard instruments may include piano, harpsichord, organ, electronic keyboard, or mallet percussion.)
  • Compositions for Solo Horn (alone/unaccompanied)

Complete contest rules and link to entry form.


Report of the 2016 IHS Composition Contest

In 2016, The International Horn Society celebrated the 37th year since its first Composition Contest.  In 2016, the Composition Contest received 77 entries from 10 countries: 16 entries in the Featured Division and 61 entries in the Virtuoso Division.

The countries represented included Australia (5), Denmark (1), Canada (3), Germany (3), Israel (2), Italy (2), Portugal (2), Switzerland (1), the United Kingdom (4), and the United States of America (54).

The prize-winning composition for the Featured Division was Reflections for Solo Horn by Ricardo Matosinhos of Ermesinde, Portugal. The judges also selected an Honorable Mention for the Featured Division: The Final Battle Cry for Solo Horn by Alexis Carrier of Belgrade, Montana.

The prize-winning composition for The Virtuoso Division was The Silent Flame for Horn and Piano by Ke-Chia Chen of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The judges also selected an Honorable Mention in the Virtuoso Division: Sonata for Horn and Piano by Arthur Gottschalk of Houston, Texas.

The Judges for the 2016 Competition are also distinguished also by their compositions which have been performed and/or recorded by members of the International Horn Society: Anthony Plog of the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, Germany, Dana Wilson of Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, and Willard Zirk of Eastern Michigan University, USA.

Performances at the 49th International Horn Symposium

Both winning compositions and both compositions with an Honorable Mention Citation were performed at the 49th International Horn Symposium in Natal, Brazil.  These are all fine pieces—and will probably all become recital standards for many of us!  The program of performances of the following works from the Composition Contest was narrated by Randall E. Faust:

Featured Division Winner

Reflections for Solo Horn Op. 71 – Ricardo Matosinhos

  • Horn – Kristina-Mascher Turner

Featured Divison Honorable Mention

The Final Battle Cry for Solo Horn - Alexis Carrier

  • Horn – Louis‑Philippe Marsolais

Virtuoso Division Winner

The Silent Flame for Horn and Piano - Ke-Chia Chen

  • Horn – Frank Lloyd
  • Piano – Durval Cesetti

Virtuoso Division Honorable Mention

Sonata for Horn and Piano – Arthur Gottschalk

  • Horn – Andrew Pelletier
  • Piano – Lucas Bojikian

2014 Contest Results and Statistics

In 2014, The International Horn Society celebrated the 35th year of its Composition Contest. During this special anniversary year, there were two divisions in the contest.

1. The Featured Composition Division: Compositions in this division were works of moderate difficulty for solo horn and keyboard instrument.

2. The Virtuoso Composition Division: Compositions in this division had no difficulty limitation and were from one of the following instrumentation categories.

  • Compositions for Solo Horn (alone/unaccompanied)
  • Compositions for Horn Ensemble (two or more players, all horns)
  • Horn with chamber ensemble of four or more players (one horn part only)
  • Solo Horn featured with large ensemble

(The instrumentation for the divisions will rotate in future contests.)

Read more: 2014 Contest Results and Statistics

2009 Contest Results & Statistics

The 2009 IHS Composition Contest received a record 85 entries from 16 nations. Winning First Prize was Luis Saglie for his Evocación for horn and piano. Second Prize went to Laurence Lowe for his Sonata No.2 for Horn, Soprano and Piano. Honorable Mention was given to: James Naigus, Three for Five for five horns; Martin Rokeach, Delicate Fear for horn and piano; Kazimierz Machala, Concerto for horn, winds and percussion; and Israel Neuman, Turnabouts for horn and tape. The following information was provided by the composers.

Read more: 2009 Contest Results & Statistics

2003 Contest Results & Statistics

First Prize: David Rakowski, Locking Horns for Horn and Chamber Orchestra
Editions Peters, #67995
CD: Daniel Grabois, horn, Sequitur, Paul Hostetter, conductor, Troy 607 Albany Records

Second Prize: Paul Stanhope, Songs for the Shadowland for Soprano, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn and Piano
Available from the Australian Music Centre

Honorable Mention:

Stephen Andrew Taylor, Quark Shadows for Horn, Viola, Double Bass and Prepared Piano
Available from the composer

Peter Winkler, Returning to the Root, Scena and Aria for Horn and Piano
Available from the IHS Online Music Library

Alan Charlton, Étude for solo Horn
Available from the IHS Online Music Library

Read more: 2003 Contest Results & Statistics

2005 Contest Results & Statistics

First Prize: Paul Lansky, Etudes and Parodies for Violin, Horn and Piano
Available from Bridge Records
CD: William Purvis, horn, Curtis Macomber, violin, Mihae Lee, piano Bridge 9222
Bridge Records, Inc.

Second Prize: Lawrence Dillon, Revenant: Concerto for Horn and Orchestra
Available from the composer

Honorable Mention:

Andrea Clearfield, Into the Falcon's Eye for two Horns and Piano
Available from Jomar Press
CD: Frøydis Ree Wekre, Lisa Ford, Andrea Clearfield, #2L25   2L Records

Laurence Lowe, Sonata No.1 for Horn and Piano
Available from RMW Publishing

Roger Reynolds, Consider for Baritone Voice and Horn
Available from Edition Peters

Andrés Valero-Castells, Valentia for eighteen Horns
Available from Rivera Música
 

Read more: 2005 Contest Results & Statistics

2007 Contest Results & Statistics

First Prize: Lee Actor, Concerto for Horn and Orchestra
Available from the composer

Second Prize: Dana Wilson, Shallow Streams, Deep Rivers for Violin, Horn and Piano
Available from Hickey's Music

Honorable Mention:

Jan Bach, Oompah Suite for Horn and Tuba
Available from the ITEA Tuba Euphonium Press

Roland Freisitzer, Music for Horn and 11 Instruments
Available from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (email link)
CD: Phoenix Edition 131 , Horn Concertos, Music by Roland Freisitzer, Thomas Heinisch, Norbert Sterk, Kurt Schwertsik and Roberto Pintos, performers: Nury Guarnaschelly, Ensemble Die Reihe, cond. Gottfried Rabl

John Kennedy, Concerto for Horn and Orchestra
Available from John Kennedy Music

Justinian Tamusuza, Okukoowoola Kw'Ekkondeere (Horn Call) for solo Horn
Available from International Opus

Read more: 2007 Contest Results & Statistics