Congratulations to Matthew Lyon Hazzard, last season’s winner among 40 submissions in the inaugural year of the competition!
The text to be set for the competition is an excerpt from The Hosts, written by American poet Alan Seeger while he served in World War I, in which he was killed:
In their new dedication charged
With something heightened, enriched, enlarged,
That lends a light to their lusty brows
And a song to the rhythm of their trampling feet,
They are moved by the powers that force
The sea for ever to ebb and rise,
That hold Arcturus in his course,
And marshal at noon in tropic skies
The clouds that tower on some snow-capped chair
And drift out over the peopled plain.
They are big with the beauty of cosmic things.
This text is in the public domain.
Submissions will be adjudicated by prominent American composers. Last year’s adjudicators were Dan Asia, Jocelyn Hagen and Dale Warland. You can submit your score and MIDI recording by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send a link to your MIDI realization, if possible.