PARMA Recordings is pleased to announce the inaugural PARMA Student Composer Competition, the first in a series of annual competitions for student composers. Ten winners will be selected by an award-winning panel of three independent judges, and the winners' pieces will be published in the digitally-distributed 2012 PARMA Anthology Of Music: Student Edition. One Grand Prize Winner will be selected to have their piece professionally recorded and produced for release by PARMA. All recording, performer, production, and publicity costs will be completely subsidized, and the master will be released on a collection from PARMA to be distributed through industry leader Naxos. There is no fee required for entry into the competition.
Composer must be enrolled in a composition program or studying privately with a professional composer
Composer must be under the age of 30
Piece must be written for up to five acoustic instruments
Piece must be ten minutes or less in duration
March 1, 2012 - Submission period opens
March 31, 2012 - Submission period closes
April 1-30, 2012 - Judging period
May 1, 2012 - Winners announced
Fill out the submission form to submit your information and a PDF of your score, along with an MP3 or MIDI recording. Submission limit is one work per composer.
To submit your piece to the competition, please fill out the Submission Form.
To view a list of frequently asked questions, visit the Competition FAQ page.
To learn more about the judges and the judging process, visit the Judging Process page.
About PARMA Recordings
PARMA Recordings LLC is the parent organization of the Navona, Big Round, Ravello, and Capstone label imprints. The company's work spans classical, jazz, rock, blues, family, and film, and includes programs and divisions for custom audio, licensing, publishing and more.
PARMA's labels feature work by artists such as Grammy® winner Richard Stoltzman, Pulitzer Prize winner Lewis Spratlan, renowned percussionist Steve Gadd, Pixar/Randy Newman orchestrator Jonathan Sacks, New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow, and The Who's Pete Townshend, among others.
PARMA emphasizes new and engaging sounds, innovative presentation, and an interactive experience from all of our physical and digital products. PARMA has pioneered the use of Enhanced Content in our releases to bundle and incorporate digital study scores, recording session photos and videos, composer interviews, applications for mobile devices, and other contextual information to facilitate a greater understanding of new music.