Report of the 2020 Composition Contest
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.
Report of the 2018 International Horn Society Composition Contest
In 2018, The International Horn Society celebrated the 39th year since its first Composition Contest. In 2018, the Composition Contest received 44 entries from 9 countries: 3 entries in the Featured Division and 41 entries in the Virtuoso Division.
For the 2020 Virtual Workshop, Composition Contest Coordinator and Dr. Jena Gardner prepared this video interview with the winners.
The countries represented included Australia (4), Canada (1), Estonia (1), Finland (1), Italy (1), Japan (1), Portugal (2), The United Kingdom (2), and the United States of America (31).
The prize-winning composition for the Featured Division was The Horn Calls you back! For Two Horns and Piano by Ricardo Matosinhos of Ermesinde, Portugal.
The prize-winning composition for The Virtuoso Division was Trio for Horn, Viola, and Harp by Zack Stanton, Iowa City, Iowa, U.S.A.
The judges also selected two compositions for Honorable Mention in the Virtuoso Division: FLEET for Eight Horns by Jules Pegram of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. and
Serenade for Bass-Baritone, Horn and Strings by Derek Weagle of Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
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.)
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
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.