Creative People in the Choral Arts,
Are you looking for some excitement? Let’s be creative together! Composers, Lyricists and Conductors are invited to participate in the Showcase Dare on ChoralNet.com, August 1-9, 2015.
Do you have what it takes as a composer? The Composers of Choral Music Community on ChoralNet and Our Musical Life Inc. challenge you to a Composition Jam August 1-9. You are invited to participate in this creative kick-in-the-pants.
Composers will be given a “spark” to ignite the process and then have 9 days to write the rough draft of a future masterpiece. The “spark” will be a few words that may be interpreted freely to lead you to a text, a rhythm, a harmonic progression or any other piece of raw brain juice to launch you into composing mode. Check out the Community pages here:
There is no fee.
Lyricists and Poets are sought for a supporting role. We need you to offer your previously written works or to write new texts on the spot that relate to the “spark”. No one knows what the “spark” will be until 12:01 AM August 1. Then composers will desperately need your help. You can hammer out financial arrangements with the composers. Typical agreements range from 50/50 share of profits to free use. Imagine thousands of people singing your words!
Conductors are needed to judge the competition and to recognize the start of new works you may be interested in coaxing to fruition. The ultimate goal here is to get conductors to partner with composers and lyricists to find and create repertoire worth performing.
What Do I Win?
This is a contest more about sparking creativity than any physical award. The principal reward is that composers will have a rough draft of a work they may be able to get performed, lyricists will get their words set to music and conductors will help create new works tailored for them. We encourage composers to include a note in their Bio that shows they won for example: Winner of the Gold Award for Text Setting in the August 2015 Showcase Dare If you upload the pieces to the Composition Showcase on ChoralNet (free) these awards can also be listed.
How Do I Win?
This is the first year of the contest. It is a composer’s contest with support from writers and conductors. We expand this to award writers and conductors before this is over.
ChoralNet users, other contestants and a panel of judges will rate your piece on up to 5 criterion.
Spark: Evident in concept or work 1 2 3 4 5
Performability: Viral Quality/Overall Likability/ Uniqueness 1 2 3 4 5
Elemental Mechanics: Harmonic, Rhythmic, Form, Dynamics, Counterpoint etc: 1 2 3 4 5
Text Setting: Prosody,Word Painting,Choice of Text 1 2 3 4 5
Singability: Voice Leading, Range, Tessitura 1 2 3 4 5
The pieces with the three highest average scores in a category win Gold, Silver and Bronze in that category. You may win Gold in Text Setting and Bronze in Singability. The three pieces with an average score of 4 or more in “Spark” and that received the highest overall average scores will be Overall Winners of Gold, Silver or Bronze.
You really win when conductors see your work and talk to you about performing it. Good Luck!=
How Do I Sign Up?
Join ChoralNet.com for free (always free) by going here: http://choralnet.org/new/user
Then go here and click on “Join this community”: http://choralnet.org/list/page/469189
Conductors, lyricists and poets can follow the Blog, Forum and look through composer pages to see who needs what. The “Spark” will be announced in the forum.
Composers that want to participate can sign up free by reading and agreeing to the terms and conditions found on the Rules page: http://choralnet.org/469200
All are welcome to introduce themselves in the forum or to individual contestants. Critique is encouraged on the composer’s contestant pages.
This contest is also designed to honor the primary creator of ChoralNet Dr. James D. Feiszli. Dr. Feiszli will provide the “spark.” An Article about Dr. Feiszli will appear on the front page of ChoralNet.com on Sunday either July 21 or 28.
Get Something Written!!!
ChoralNet Composers of Choral Music Community
Our Musical Life Inc.