Young Composer Showcase

The Young Composer Showcase spotlights young jazz composers, giving students an opportunity to have an original composition recognized and performed at an International level.

JEN membership required to be eligible. 

JEN is committed to representing and cultivating diversity in all areas of its operation which includes, but is not limited to its staff, board members, volunteers, presenters, clinicians, performers and audiences. This commitment is present in all programs. We are seeking and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply for the Young Composer Showcase.

$25 applicaton fee

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Photo by René Huemer

General Information
Timeline
Application Requirements

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Here are some great reasons to apply:

JEN Members

March 15 – Deadline Extended to 9/17/2019

  • ALL entrants will receive written comments from the professional reviewers.
  • A total of 4-6 student compositions will be chosen for performance at the JEN Young Composer Showcase Presentation during the annual conference.
  • The selected composers will receive a travel stipend to attend the conference and hear a professional performance of their music.
  • All YCS winners will also participate in mentoring sessions at the conference with some of the best jazz composers working today!

JEN Members

March 15 – September 15

Application Deadline is September 15th 11:59pm EST **Deadline extended to 9/17/19**

  • Application Forms and Criteria are available online until closed.
  • Application requires JEN membership and payment of a $25 Application Fee in order to be processed.
    • If you are a student in financial need, you can ask an advocate to send a letter on your behalf requesting to waive the fee.
      Subject line: Request to waive Young Composer Showcase Application Fee
  • Awards will be presented at the Annual JEN Conference.
  • Notification to chosen composers as applicable as early as November 1.
  • Previous year’s selected composers are ineligible to participate.

JEN Chapter & Society Members

March 15 – September 15

JEN Members

April 1 – September 15

  • JEN membership.  Current Membership in JEN is required in order to complete the application process.  Not a member?  Click to JOIN JEN prior to attempting to pay the application fee or to complete the application form. You may join as a Full Individual, eJEN, or Youth (if age is applicable) member.
  • Prepare your materials to complete the application process.
  • Apply. Complete the JEN Young Composer Showcase Application Form.
  • $25 Application Fee – An invoice will be sent to your email upon completion of the application form.
    • If you are a student in financial need, you can ask an advocate to send a letter on your behalf requesting to waive the fee.
      Subject line: Request to waive Young Composer Showcase Application Fee
  • Your completed application and files will be submitted to the review committee upon receipt of payment.

About the

Young Composer Showcase

Deadline Extended to 9/17/2019

Video produced by Mojo Factory Productions

Participation Rules

  • The composer must be a fully enrolled student throughout the academic school year at the time of application.
  • Prepare your application materials PRIOR to submitting the Young Composer Showcase Application Form.

Applications must be received online by 11:59pm (EST) September 17th. (Extended)

 

Age Group Categories

 

  • Group 1 – MS/HS (ages 14 through 18) as of September 1st in the current year application is being made.
  • Group 2 – Undergraduate (age 18 and above) as of September 1st, in the year application is being made and enrolled as an undergraduate student for a minimum of six semester hours.
  • Group 3 – Graduate (age 21) and above as of September 1st, in the year application is being made and enrolled as a graduate student for a minimum of six semester hours.
  • Group 4 – Post-Graduate (age 21-30 as of September 1st, in the year application is being made and has completed graduation from an accredited college or university graduate level music program.

 

Composition Categories

Students may enter only one original composition in only one of the categories.

  • Small Instrumental Group (2 to 9 instruments, maximum 6 minutes in length)
  • Large Instrumental Group (10 instruments and above, maximum 6 minutes in length)
  • Instrumental Group with vocal solo (maximum 3.5 minutes in length)
  • Vocal Group (4 – 8 voices a cappella or with rhythm section, maximum 3.5 minutes in length)

 

 

Composition Description

Compositions submitted for the Showcase are expected to be in a jazz or jazz-related style.
Composition, by definition herein, implies an original work. (Arrangements of other copyrighted works are not eligible for submission).

Instrumentation may be varied, small to large, to include any combination of the following:

  • 5 Saxophones (AATTB or SATTB – Baritone has the low A.)
  • 4 Trumpets (Flugelhorns optional choice)
  • 4 Trombones (one of which is a bass trombone)
  • Piano, Bass, Drums and Guitar (standard equipment and amplifiers provided)
  • 8 Voices (SATB, individually mic’d)
  • Up to 3 additional Latin Percussionists
    Percussion instruments available for use and provided by JEN for the conference performance will include: 1 vibraphone; 1 set of congas; 1 set of timbales
    Additional Latin instruments become the responsibility of the composer.

Conference Attendance

Chosen composers will be notified by Mid November or sooner, if possible.

  • Selected works may be performed at the Annual JEN Conference.
  • Composers whose works are selected for performance at the upcoming annual conference are EXPECTED TO ATTEND.
  • A travel/housing stipend will be awarded to each selectee based on travel distance.
  • All travel expenses will be incurred by the composer and/or his/her chaperone, and reimbursed through the stipend.
  • Award selectees under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a chaperone.
  • A complimentary conference pass will be given each selected composer, plus one additional conference pass for the legal chaperone accompanying a student under the age of 18 at conference time.
  • Additional Chaperone Passes may be purchased online under the Registration Tab under Conference Central as needed once accepted.
  • Applicants wishing to bring a spouse will be expected to purchase a Spouse/Partner Registration for the conference and to cover the additional cost of housing for their spouse.
  • The Jazz Education Network reserves all rights of use to any YCS audio and video content recorded at the conference, solely for not for profit promotional purposes with the JEN organization & initiatives.

Preparing Materials for Submission

You will be asked to submit the following materials:

Photo – A photo of yourself.

  • File should be print quality (high).
  • File types accepted include: jpg, gif, and png.
  • Label your photo file as follows: LastNameFirstNameJENYCSPhoto

Bio – Prepare a short 50-word bio in a doc or pdf format

  • Label your Bio as follows: LastNameFirstNameJENYCSBio

Score – A pdf of your score. File types in any other format will not be accepted.

  • Do NOT upload parts. Parts will be asked for at a later date.
  • Label your score files as follows: LastNameFirstNameJENYCSScore

Audio file – An audio file.

  • File types accepted include: mp3 or m4a
  • Label your audio files as follows:LastNameFirstNameJENYCSAudio

 

Submission Details

Applications must be received online by 11:59pm (EST) September 15th.

  1. JEN Membership is required.

     2. Complete the Young Composer Showcase Application Form.

 3.  An invoice for a $25.00 non-refundable application fee will be emailed within 48 hours.   

If you are a student in financial need, you can ask an advocate to send a letter on your behalf requesting to waive the fee.
Subject line: Request to waive Young Composer Showcase Application Fee

Your application and files will be submitted to the Young Composers Showcase committee upon receipt of payment.

Have questions? Please contact me!

Dr. David Fodor, Young Composer Showcase Coordinator

david.fodor@jazzednet.org

Photo by Rene Huemer

2019 Young Composer Showcase Selectees

Works were performed at the 2019 conference in Reno, Nevada by The U.S. Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors.

Click here to view the entire 2019 Showcase Concert

Click to download a PDF of 2019 Young Composer Showcase Selectees

 

Bryan Kennard

University of Miami

Composition – Let the Wild Rumpus Start

Composer and flutist Bryan Kennard’s recent compositions and arrangements have been performed across the US & Europe. Bryan is pursuing a DMA in Jazz Composition at the Frost School of Music as a Mancini Institute Fellow. BM, Mercyhurst Univ.; MM, Youngstown State Univ.; MM, Univ. of Texas at Austin. bryankennard.com

 

Martina Liviero

Berklee College of Music

Composition – Pasajeros

Martina Liviero is a composer and guitarist from Argentina. She is currently in her last semester of Jazz Composition studies at Berklee College of Music, where she was the recipient of the Thad Jones and the Toshiko Akiyoshi awards. Liviero’s work explores South American music along with jazz improvisational elements.

 

Brian Martin

University of Massachusetts

Composition – Lookin’ Forward

Brian Martin is pursuing his Master’s in Jazz Composition and Arranging at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he studies with Jeffrey Holmes and Felipe Salles. Martin received a Bachelor’s in Music Education-Jazz Studies at the University of Northern Iowa, having studied composition with Chris Merz and Bob Washut.

 

Sam Ross

University of Michigan

Composition – Portuguese Bend

Sam Ross is a student currently at the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Andy Mile, previously Benny Green. He has performed and/or recorded with Robert “Sput” Seawright (credits include Snarky Puppy, Ghost Note), Albert Alva (Louis Bellson, Rosemary Clooney), Paul Kreibich (Gene Harris, Ray Charles), and more.

Jameson Scriver

Indiana University

Composition – The Good Fight

Jameson Scriver is a drummer and composer from Seattle, Washington. In 2018, he completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Northern Colorado where he studied drumset with Jim White and jazz composition with Mike Conrad. He is currently a graduate drumset student studying with Steve Houghton at Indiana University.

Elliot Turner

University of Northern Colorado

Composition – What Are You?

Composer and guitarist Elliot Turner lives for the Third Stream. He has composed for various orchestras and ensembles, including the University of Puget Sound Jazz Orchestra’s guest performances with Victor Wooten and Joshua Redman. He is earning his Master’s in Jazz Composition at the University of Northern Colorado.

TRACY YANG

Berklee College of Music

Composition – Yes and No

Tracy Yang is a composer and performer from Taiwan. In 2015, She obtained her Diploma in Jazz Composition at Berklee College of Music. Tracy moved to New York City in 2016, where she leads her own quintet. She is currently in her graduate studies in Jazz Composition at Queens College.

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Ethan Moffitt

University of Southern California

Composition – Step by Step

Bassist Ethan Moffitt is 18-years-old and lives in Glendale, CA. He currently studies double bass with David Moore and Composition with Andrew Norman at the University of Southern California. Ethan has been recognized with multiple honors for his compositions, arrangements and performances.

2018 Young Composer Showcase Selectees

Click to Meet the 2018 Young Composers and Their Work

  • Lucas Fonseca, Berklee College of Music – “Colloquio”
  • Takumi Kakimoto, Berklee College of Music – “Find Phrygiayn”
  • Kyle Myers, University of North Texas – “Tomorrow Morning”
  • Zachary Rich, University of Northern Colorado – “Community”
  • David Rogers, Vanderbilt University – “Sivan”
  • Gregory Weis, University of Northern Colorado – “Liquid Descent”

2017 Young Composer Showcase Selectees

Click Here to Meet the 2017 Young Composers and Their Work

  • Aida Demoya, Berklee College of Music – “TC For Leo”
  • Anna Jelkéus, University of North Texas – “Above”
  • Heui Lam, Berklee College of Music – “The Unknown Bell”
  • Tobias Meissl, Berklee College of Music – “Deep Tree Fission”
  • Luca Mendoza, LA Philharmonic –
  • Chang Su, University of Northern Colorado – “Forbidden City Garden”
  • Casio Vianna, University of Northern Colorado – “For The Rise Of A New Day”

2016 Young Composer Showcase Selectees

Click Here to Meet the 2016 Young Composers and Their Work

  • Mike Conrad, University of Northern Colorado – “Gerry’s Timepiece”
  • Andrew D. Herring, Shenandoah University – “27”
  • Nacho González Nappa, Berklee College of Music – “Candombe Juno”
  • Matt Shugert, Indiana University – “Madeline”

2015 Young Composer Showcase Selectees

Click Here to Meet the 2015 Young Composer and Their Work

  • Tom Amend, University of Northern Colorado – “What Do You Say?”
  • Keith Karns, University of North Texas- “The House At The End Of High Street”
  • Chase Morrin, Harvard/NEC – “Three Brahmin”
  • Drew Zaremba, University of North Texas – “Blues For Gabe”

2014 Young Composer Showcase Selectees

Click Here to Meet the 2014 Young Composers and Their Work

  • Lucas Apostleris, University of Massachusetts – “September Again”
  • Enrico Bergamini, Berklee College of Music – “Convergence”
  • Raphael DeLima, Frost School of Music (University of Miami) – “Quebra Cabeças”
  • C. Tyler Dennis, San Francisco, California – “What Would Thad Do?”
  • Aaron Hedenstrom, University of North Texas – “Honeybee”

2013 Young Composer Showcase Selectees

Click Here to Meet the 2013 Young Composers and Their Work

  • Carter Brodkorb, Toronto, Canada
  • Jose Gurria, USC
  • Laila Smith, San Jose, California
  • Dave Stamps, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2012 Young Composer Showcase Selectees

Click Here to Meet the JEN Young Composers

  • Socrates Garcia, University of Northern Colorado
  • Brett McDonald, Rutgers University
  • Emily Merrell, University of North Texas
  • Tyler Mire, University of North Texas
  • Chase Morrin, Harvard University/New England Conservatory
  • Kate Skinner, University of Northern Colorado