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

pdf This list (567 KB)  provides you with contact information about all of the participating composers. I urge everyone to take a good look at the list of composers and compositions that were a part of the contest. If you see a work or a composer that might be of interest to you, please contact that composer. That composer will, no doubt, be happy for your interest in their music. You might be interested in the particular piece that they submitted for the contest, or you might want to commission that composer to write a specific piece for you.

Randall Faust, Composition Contest Coordinator

2020 Composition Contest Report,  pdf Part 3 of 3 (68 KB)

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