Announcing the 2020 IHS Composition Contest
There are Two Divisions
- 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.
- 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 and keyboard instrument. (Keyboard instruments may include piano, harpsichord, organ, electronic keyboard, or mallet percussion.)
- Compositions for Solo Horn (alone/unaccompanied)
- Compositions for Solo Horn with Vocal 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 combination of electronic instruments, acoustic instruments and/or voices. Electronic instruments may be live or pre-recorded. Acoustic instruments may include Wagner Tuben.)
- Solo Horn featured with large ensemble. (The large ensemble may include any group of electronic, acoustic instruments and/or voices. Electronic instruments may be live or pre-recorded. Acoustic instruments may include Wagner Tuben.)
- Application Rules include the following:
- Scores in PDF Format. Personal name must be removed from the score. MP3 recordings of the composition. Personal information (such as embedded composer’s name) should be removed from the file. Maximum size is 30MB.
- A brief description of the work in MS-Word.doc format
- An on-line application, which will include the name of composition, entered as well as contact information (full name, address, phone number and email address).
- Composer’s name and address must not appear on the scores, recording file or description file. All works are assigned a number to guarantee anonymity during judging.
- Entry fee of $25 U.S.D. for each composition must be paid at the time of submission via the Horn Society website.
- Entries must be received no later than December 1, 2022. Incomplete entries or entries submitted in an incorrect format will not be considered.
- No more than one composition per division per composer is allowed.
- Works submitted must have been composed during the past four years, and any composition that has received support from the International Horn Society Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance Fund is not eligible. Also ineligible are Officers and Staff of the International Horn Society—as well as the most recent winners of the Composition Contest.
- Files will not be returned and will become the property of the International Horn Society. Intellectual rights remain the property of the composer.
- The panel of judges may withhold the awards if the works submitted are deemed unqualified to receive such distinction. Judges may assign Honorable Mention status to compositions not selected for a monetary award.
- Contestants may expect to receive the results of the contest by February 15, 2023. Results of the contest, including a description of the winning compositions and composers’ biographies will appear in an issue of The Horn Call, the journal of the International Horn Society (circulation: over 3,000 members from 55 countries).
- The winner of each division will receive a prize of $1250 U.S.D. The winning compositions will be performed or featured, if possible, at an International Horn Society Workshop. The winning composers will have the option of having the work published by the IHS Online Music Sales.
- Entrance into this competition constitutes acceptance of Application Rules.
Vicente Zarzo (1938-2021)
The International Horn Society mourns the loss of Honorary Member Vicente Zarzo (1938-2021), a Spanish horn player who performed and taught in many parts of the world, but especially in Spain, Mexico, and the Netherlands, and wrote horn etudes and books on the history of the horn.
2020 IHS Composition Contest Results
We had a record number of eighty-eight, (88!) compositions submitted from sixteen (16) different countries. Among this fine group of Horn compositions submitted, the judges have made the following selections:
The prize-winning composition for The Featured Division:
- Invocation for Eight Horns by Keaton Marek of Bruceville, Texas
The judges also made two Honorable Mention Citations in the Featured Division:
- Guiding Light for Horn Quartet or four-part Horn Choir by Chase Hampton of Hazel Green, Alabama and
- Pianto for Horn Quartet by Håkon Guttormsen of Copenhagen, Denmark.
The prize-winning composition for The Virtuoso Division:
- I Threw a Shoe at a Cat - Variations for Solo Horn by Kateryna (Catherine) Likhuta of St. Lucia, Queensland, Australia.
The judges also made four Honorable Mention Citations in the Virtuoso Division:
- Three Pieces for a Newborn for Horn and Vocal Ensemble by Álvaro Artuñedo of Giessen, Germany
- Legacy Concerto for Horn, Percussion, Timpani, Harp, and Strings by Aaron Jay Kernis of New York, New York
- Jam and Toast for Solo Horn by Aaron Houston of Tallahassee, Florida
- Meccanicorno for Horn and Prepared Piano by Theo Chandler of Houston, Texas
Detailed articles about the 2020 Composition Contest, and a listing of the works submitted-with composer’s names and addresses will be published in upcoming editions of The Horn Call.
Revised IHS Scholarship Procedures and Deadlines
The IHS announces a new calendar and changes to 2020-2021 IHS Scholarship Competitions!
IHS Scholarship competition deadlines will be spread out over the entire year:
- Dec. 1 Tuckwell (includes recordings)
- Jan. 1 Mansur (essay/letter only--no recording)
- Feb. 1 Frizelle (includes recordings)
- Mar. 1 Hawkins (includes recordings)
- Apr. 1 Premiere Soloist: virtual prelim, live finals round on-line during IHS 53!
Repertoire requirements have been updated to include unaccompanied solos, and optional piano
First competition of the year: Barry Tuckwell award
- Application deadline December 1, 2020
- Age requirement: 18-24 on January 1, 2020
- Quick-look application requirements
Two essays, and a recording(s) of the applicant playing:
- one etude
- two orchestral excerpts
- one movement of a concerto/sonata/unaccompanied piece
(Piano accompaniment is optional)
- Award: One award of up to $500 will be used to help pay the registration, room and board, and travel costs to attend any master class, workshop or symposium in which the applicant will study with master hornists and perform.
- Award: The winner will also receive a one-year IHS membership.
The Barry Tuckwell Award was established in 1997 to honor the IHS Founding President and is designed to encourage and support worthy horn students as they pursue education and performance opportunities by attending and participating in masterclasses and workshops throughout the world.
More info to come regarding the other competitions, check the website for changes!
James Boldin Named New Publications Editor
The International Horn Society is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. James Boldin as its new Publications Editor, after a nearly year-long International search. He will transition into the role over the summer with Dr. William Scharnberg, who is retiring from the position after 17 years of dedicated service to the Society. On behalf of the IHS Advisory Council and Executive Committee, WELCOME to the team, James!
Andrew Pelletier, President
|Photo by Christina Cavitt|
James Boldin is an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Louisiana Monroe, and maintains a diverse career as an educator and performer. He also serves as Associate Director of the ULM School of Visual and Performing Arts. He has performed and presented at the International Horn Symposium, the International Trombone Festival, the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference, the International Women’s Brass Conference, and numerous state and regional events. Boldin is proud to be a Yamaha Performing Artist, and performs on YHR 671 and YHR 667V horns. He performs extensively with Black Bayou Brass and Trio Mélange, resident faculty ensembles at ULM, and has given recitals and master classes throughout the region and abroad. In 2018, Black Bayou Brass released Scenes from the Bayou (Mark Records), which features several World Premiere recordings for brass trio.
An active orchestral musician, Boldin holds positions with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, Rapides Symphony Orchestra, and Monroe Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Lyric Opera, Opera East Texas, and with numerous orchestras in the Midwest. As an advocate for new music, Boldin has commissioned and premiered numerous compositions for horn solo, brass trio, brass quintet, and other chamber ensembles.
His solo recording, Jan Koetsier: Music for Horn (MSR Classics), has been critically praised for “superb playing…on an extraordinarily high level of both technique and communicative abilities.” (Fanfare Magazine). He has authored two books, Solo Training for Horn and Solo Training Duets for Horns (Mountain Peak Music), and has published dozens of articles, reviews, and musical arrangements. In 2012 and 2015, he was awarded Career Advancement Grants from the Louisiana Division of the Arts. Boldin earned the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied with Douglas Hill, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Appalachian State University, where he studied with Karen Robertson. He is a member of The College Music Society, The National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, and The International Horn Society, and currently serves as IHS area representative for the state of Louisiana.