Founded in 1973, Garth Newel Music Center is one of the most active chamber music organizations in the US. Its resident ensemble—the Garth Newel Piano Quartet—performs over 60 concerts annually both at the Center and on tour. Through the 9th Composition competition, the Quartet seeks to broaden the piano quartet repertoire and to support the Center’s ongoing commitment to contemporary music.
The Winner will receive:
-A $3000 cash prize
-A performance of the winning work by the Garth Newel Piano Quartet on the 2018 Summer Music Festival in July, 2020
-A travel stipend to work with the Garth Newel Piano Quartet and attend the premiere in Hot Springs, Virginia
-A high-quality recording of the premiere
-Frequent performances of their work by the Garth Newel Piano Quartet, and an eventual studio recording for public release by the quartet.
-The opportunity to also participate in a short-term residency during the time of the premiere. The residency will take place during Garth Newel’s prestigious Emerging Artist Fellowship chamber music program.
The winner will have the opportunity to work closely with the Garth Newel Piano Quartet and our Emerging Artist Fellows, with the possibility of readings and performances of her/his/their other chamber works.
Submitted works must be for violin, viola, cello and piano. Piano trios and quintets are not accepted.
There is no time limit for works.
Submissions from any composer, regardless of age or citizenship, are welcome.
The work must be originally conceived as a piano quartet. Arrangements of previously completed work that have been performed or published are not acceptable
Details and online application form are available at Garth Newel Music Center web pages: