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Texas Emerging Composers Competition

2014 Prizewinners

1st Prize: Alexandra Byrnes Toccata (solo piano)

2nd Prize: Michael Langford Mists (solo viola)

Honorable Mentions:

  • Grant Carrington Quartet for Four Friends (string quartet)
  • Michael Cheng – The Four Elements (piano trio)
  • Porter Kalka – An Argument for a Soul (string quartet)
  • Ben Stevenson – The Cygnet (woodwind quintet)


    About the Competition

    1st Prize:

    • $300
    • A private lesson with one SHSU composition faculty
    • A performance at the 2014 SHSU Contemporary Music Festival by SHSU Musicians

    2nd Prize:

    • A private lesson with one SHSU composition faculty

    Honorable Mention(s):

    • Visit the SHSU campus and meet with composition faculty

    Postmark/Email Submission Deadline:

    Monday, March 3, 2014

    Award Announcement:

    Monday, March 17, 2014


    Applicants must be high school students in the state of Texas during the 2013-14 school year.


    All judging will be done by a panel of SHSU Music Faculty whose decisions will be final.


    Solo/ Chamber works for any combination of instruments and/or voice (including electronic and electroacoustic works) will be considered. The judges reserve the right not to award any prize. Each composer may enter up to 3 pieces. No entry fee will be required.

    How to Apply:

    Mail one score for each piece you would like to enter to the address below. A CD with a live recording or MIDI realization of each piece will be welcome although not mandatory. If you prefer, you may email scores (PDF only) and sound files to kdk001@shsu.edu by the March 3rd deadline.

    2014 Texas Emerging Composers Competition
    c/o Dr. Kyle Kindred, Director of Composition Studies
    Sam Houston State University School of Music
    Box 2208
    Huntsville, Texas 77341

    For more information, please email kdk001@shsu.edu.


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