Symphony in C

Performing at Rutgers-Camden
Center for the Arts

Mailing Address:
PO Box 8610
Collingswood, NJ  08108

Administrative and Box Office:
576 Haddon Avenue
Collingswood, NJ 08108
Telephone: (856) 240-1503
Facsimile: (856) 240-1519

Stilian Kirov, Music Director
Pamela Brant, President

Young Composers' Competition FAQ


1) What does the instrumentation listing of 3-2-2-2, 4-3-3-1 mean, and what are standard doublings?

3 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, and 1 Tuba. There will be 3 members of the flute family available, and they may play standard C Flute, or Piccolo or Alto Flute, or switch within the piece. Similarly, English Horn is a standard double for Oboe, Eb Clarinet and Bass Clarinet are standard doubles for Clarinet, with Saxophone also as a possibility, and Contrabassoon is usable in the Bassoon section. 3rd Trombone is typically a Bass Trombone. Trumpet players may double Piccolo Trumpet, and Trombone players may double Euphonium or Baritone. 

2) Do I have to use all of these instruments?

No. This is just the maximum. In fact, one of our winning compositions was for string orchestra only.

3) How many string players will there be?

This may vary from concert to concert, but it will always be a full section; feel free to use as much divisi as you'd like.

4) How do you define a work with a soloist?

A concerto-like work is not eligible.  It is fine for individual instruments to have featured solos at points during the piece.

5) What if I have extra instruments that are optional?

If you are eager to send a score with a 4th percussion part (for example) that is truly optional, please do submit the work along with a note explaining that these players may be skipped.  

6) Can the timpanist play extra percussion?


7) Should I include my name on the score?

Yes, this is not an anonymous submission. Please include your name on the score and any other materials you send.

8) Do my score and parts need to be computer-engraved?

Score and parts should be neat and clear. It is possible to create a good set of parts by hand, and computer-engraving doesn't guarantee clarity.  While well-planned computer-engraved materials are generally the best plan, our only requirement is to have materials that will be easy to rehearse and perform from.  Keep in mind that the entry to the competition is electronic and should be submitted as PDFs, but you will need to prepare score and parts if you are declared the winner.

9) Do I need large-size conductor scores to submit as competition entries?

The competition entry will be electronic, so all submissions should be PDFs. You will be required to send full-size scores and parts if you are declared the winner and your music is selected for performance.

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