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.

General Information
Timeline
Application Requirements
  • 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 be invited 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!

Application Deadline is October 15th 11:59pm EST

  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • $25 Application Fee
  • Prepare your materials to complete the application process.
  • Apply. Complete the JEN Young Composer Showcase Application Form.

About the

Young Composer Showcase

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) October 15th.

 

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.
  • All travel expenses will be the responsibility of the composer and/or his/her chaperone, when applicable.
  • A travel/housing stipend will be awarded to each selectee based on travel distance.
  • 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.

Preparing Materials for Submission

Photo – You will be asked to upload a photo of yourself.

  • File size should be under 2.5 mb (JEN website and in digital media)
  • File types accepted include: jpg, gif, and png files 160 pixels wide @ 72 dpi, no larger than 2.5 megabytes.
  • Label your photo file as follows: Your User ID (auto-populated on the application form near the top of your application) followed by your LastNameFirstNameJENSCSPhoto

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

  • LABEL your Bio with your User ID (auto-populated on the application form near the top of your application) followed by your LastNameFirstNameJENSCSBio

Score – Upload 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: Your User ID (auto-populated on the application form near the top of your application) followed by your LastNameFirstNameJENSCSScore

Audio file – Upload an audio file. Files larger than the designated size herein or files submitted in the incorrect file format will NOT upload to the system.

  • File types accepted include: mp3 or m4a
  • File size should be SMALLER THAN 6MB
  • Label your audio files as follows:
    Your User ID (auto-populated on the application form near the top of your application) followed by your LastNameFirstNameJENSCSAudio

 

Submission Details

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

  1. JEN Membership
  • JEN membership is required.
  • Once you have successfully joined the organization as a member and your account is activated and current, and paid your $25 Application fee

     2. A $25.00 non-refundable application fee must be paid prior to being able to complete the submission application.  Log into your JEN member account and choose “Conference Registration & Fees” in the dropdown menu to pay your application fee.

   3. Complete the Young Composer Showcase Application Form.

 

If you are a current member of JEN, click here to pay the:

Young Composer Showcase Application Form


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) October 15th.

JEN Membership requirement to apply.


1

JOIN/Renew JEN Membership

 

2

PAY Application Fee – $25

Member Log In

CLICK “What would you like to do?”

CHOOSE – Conference Registration & Fees

 

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CLOSED

Application

 

 

Have questions? Please contact me!

Dr. David Fodor, Coordinator  of the Young Composer Showcase

davidfodor@me.com