Composition Competition 2019

2nd NEW VISION International Composition Competition 2019:

The 21st Chopin and Friends Festival and Four Corners Ensemble proudly announce Second International Composition Competition “New Vision”. Submitted compositions will be judged by a screening panel of: Jakub Polaczyk (composer and pianist, New Music Director of Festival Chopin and Friends/ New York Conservatory of Music), Reza Vali (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh), Shuying Li (Artistic Director of Four Corners Ensemble, Research Faculty of the Shanghai Conservatory of Musci), and members of Four Corners Ensemble (Erika Boysen, flutist; Joshua Anderson, clarinetist, Annie Jeng, piano).

This year edition of the festival is focus on the father of polish opera- Stanislaw Moniuszko and compostions should relate to some of the themes used in this music: love, daily life, faith, or related to the any national or folklore syndrome in the music

There are going to be 2 categories this year:

  1. with voice (baritone or/and soprano and ensemble)
  2. without voice just for ensemble

The winning composition(s) will be selected to be premiered by the Four Corners Ensemble at the “New Vision” Concert of the 21st Chopin and Friends Festival on November 21, 2019 at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York City.

Submission Guidelines

Eligible composers are those who are in the early to middle stages of developing an international career and for whom this prize would represent a significant career opportunity. Submitted works may have received premieres or/and performances in the past.

soprano, baritone, flute, clarinet, violin, viola, piano.

Compositions may be scored for any subsets of the instrumentation listed (flute, clarinet, violin, viola, and piano) from solo to quintet but category with voice must include voice and an instrument.

Length: Compositions up to 10 minutes in length.

Materials for Submission:
Applications will only be accepted via email to

Composers must include the following materials as email attachments:

  1. Cover letter (PDF or MS Word format) that includes applicant’s name, address, phone number, and email, plus the title, duration, and year of the composition entered.
  2. It is strongly encouraged that composers also include these additional materials in their application:
  3. Audio recording of the piece (MP3 preferable, though MIDI rendering is acceptable)
  4. Program notes

$20 each composition. Composers may submit up to 3 works each person. Payment accepted online via PayPal as well as the payment link shown below. Please send your receipt to and include “New Vision Competition/applicant’s name” in the subject line.

A panel of judges will choose two winning composition – First Prize – one in each category.

First Prize: Cash award: $300, performance and diploma.

The winning composition(s) or compositions will be premiered by the Four Corners Ensemble at the “New Vision” Concert of the 21st Chopin and Friends Festival on November 21, 2019 at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York City and the other in the future program of Four Corners. It is strongly preferred that prize winners be presented at the rehearsals and at the performance. However, the committee at this time cannot provide financial support towards airfare and accommodation for travel arrangements occurred.

In addition to the First Prize winners, the panel of judges may select additional works to be awarded Second, Third Prizes as well as honorable distinctions.

Submissions must be time-stamped by October 1, 2019, 11:59pm EST. Winners will be announced by October 10, 2019.

Please direct all inquiries to

Deadline: 1 October 2019
Entry Fee: 20.00
Currency: U.S. Dollar (USD)