Learn more about the ALEA 2012 International Composition Prize here.
Please note that details of the 2013 competition have not yet been announced. Check back for more info later or review the 2012 materials using these links:
Finalists and prize-winners of 2012 ALEA III International Composition Competition.
Finalists and prize-winners from 1980 to 2011.
The 2012 ALEA III International Composition Competition
Competition Guidelines & Application Form
- Full scores of any style and aesthetic direction may be submitted. Only one composition per composer is permit- ted. Composers born after January 1, 1972, may participate. There is no application fee.
- Eligible works may be for solo voice or instrument, or for chamber ensemble of as many as fifteen performers, lasting from six to fifteen minutes. Instrumentation must be from the following: one flute (doubling piccolo or alto), one oboe (doubling English horn), one clarinet (doubling bass clarinet), one saxophone (a, s, t, or b), one bassoon, one horn, one trum- pet, one trombone, one tuba, two percussion players, one harp, one keyboard, one guitar, strings (two violins, one viola, one cello, one bass), tape, and one voice. One of the fifteen performers could play a traditional, folk, or rare instrument (solo or as a part of the ensemble), or could be an unusual, specialized vocalist. In such a case, if the piece is chosen for the final round, the composer must provide the performer for the rehearsals and performance in late September or early October 2012 in Boston. Alea III cannot assume any of this particular performer's expenses, including travel, accommodation, or per diem.
- All works submitted must be unpublished and must not have been publicly performed or broadcast in whole or in part or in any other version before the announcement of the ALEA III prize in late September or early October 2012. Works that have won another award are ineligible.
- The composer's real name must not appear on the score, which should instead be signed with a nom de plume. The score must be accompanied by the completed official entry form.
- Any jointly written work will be considered one entry. If such a work wins the competition, the cash will be divided equally.
- Entries must be delivered in person or by mail.
- Alea III would like to retain in its library all scores submitted for the competition for future performances. However, those composers who wish to have their scores returned should send sufficient stamps or international postal coupons and an envelope suitable for registered mail.
- All applicants must certify on their entry form that the work submitted is, to the best of their knowledge, an original work. Further, the composer must certify that the work is unpublished, and that it has not been publicly performed or broadcast in whole or in part or in any other version.
- All entries must arrive no later than March 15, 2012 (regardless of when they are postmarked).
- All works not meeting these requirements will be rejected by the prize administrators without recourse.
- The decision of the judges will be final. Only finalists will be notified. The judges reserve the right to divide the award or to decline to make an award.
- Finalists will be required to supply all parts by June 1, 2012.