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. 

$25 applicaton fee

Click below to access application

 


Photo by Tom Schwarz

General Information
Timeline
Application Requirements

Applications are currently closed.

Please come back in March, 2019 and apply for next year!

JEN Chapter & Society Members

March 1 – September 15

JEN Members

April 1 – September 15

  • 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!

JEN Chapter & Society Members

March 1 – September 15

JEN Members

April 1 – September 15

Application Deadline is September 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 Chapter & Society Members

March 1 – 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.
  • Your completed application and files will be submitted to the review committee upon receipt of payment.

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 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

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.   

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

Young Composer Showcase

Applications are currently closed. Please come back in March, 2019 and apply for next year!


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


JEN membership required to be eligible. 

$25 applicaton fee

Click below to access application

Have questions? Please contact me!

Dr. David Fodor, Young Composer Showcase Coordinator

david.fodor@jazzednet.org

Photo by Tom Schwarz

About the

Young Composer Showcase

Video produced by Mojo Factory Productions

2018 Young Composer Showcase Selectees

Works were performed at the 2018 conference by The Airmen of Note.

Click here to view the 2018 Showcase Concert

Click to download a PDF of 2018 Young Composer Showcase Selectees

 

Lucas Fonseca

Berklee College of Music

Lucas Fonseca is a Brazilian guitarist and composer. He has performed with Big Bands, Orchestras, and many other ensembles that specialize in traditional Brazilian music.  Lucas is a Jazz Composition Major who was awarded a scholarship at Berklee College in Boston. He is currently planning the recording of his first album.

Takumi Kakimoto

Berklee College of Music

Takumi Kakimoto was born in Himeji, Japan and started playing the piano at the age of six. He is dual majoring in Piano Performance and Jazz Composition at Berklee College of Music and he has been studying with Ayn Inserto, Tiger Okoshi, Rick DiMuzio, and Vadim Neselovskyi.

Kyle Myers

University of North Texas

Kyle Myers is a jazz saxophone & composition and arranging student at the University of North Texas. Kyle has written music for multiple Southern California honor groups, The San Diego State University Jazz Ensemble, The Tom Kubis Big Band, and for Lab Bands at UNT.

Zachary Rich

University of Northern Colorado

Zach Rich is a jazz composer and trombonist from Wichita, Kansas. He graduated from Friends University in 2016 and is currently getting his Masters of Music degree in Jazz Composition at the University of Northern Colorado. He aspires to become a freelance musician, composer, and a college professor.

David Rodgers

Vanderbilt University

At 23 years old, pianist, composer, & Vanderbilt-graduate, David Rodgers, has toured internationally with Grammy-winning blues legends, Keb’ Mo’ & Taj Mahal, as keyboardist & musical director. He has performed at the Montreux, North Sea, & Playboy Jazz Festivals, and released a genre-bending album of original music, Song’s For A Generation.

Gregory Weis

University of Northern Colorado

Greg is a doctoral jazz student and teaching assistant at the University of Northern Colorado from St. Louis. His arrangement of “Upper Manhattan Medical Group” was performed at the 2017 JEN Conference, and two of his compositions are featured on the All Angles Orchestra’s debut album called New Angle.

 


Click here to view all the previous YCS winners.

Watch the 2017 YCS performances!

Video provided by David Fodor