Competitions

  • Youth Composition Competition by Music Gift Co.

    Violettes by Becky, Music Gift Co., Presents

    our 7th Annual Youth Composition Competition



    Register now HERE  for $20. There is a $5 late entry fee after Dec. 31.  Send Score and MP-3 or You tube by Feb. 14, 2020 to Becky@MusicTeacherGifts.com.  Note that you can register by paying early, but submit entry on Feb. deadline.           Thank you.

    The Violettes by Becky Youth Music Composition Competition is for ages 10 thru 18 (students still in high school). Sign up now, but submit your compositions by February 14, 2020. The compositions should be submitted via email to Becky@MusicTeacherGifts.com in both written and recorded forms.

    Th cost is $20, but if you can not afford this, we can waive the fee.

    Volunteer judges will provide constructive feedback for the students’ works and decide the winners.

    Judges are Professors of Composition Laura Elise Schwendinger and Andrew Lloyd Sigler of University of Wisconsin-Madison and of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville respectively. More about judges below.

    Prizes are -

    First place: $100 or choice of purse or wallet by Violettes by Becky

    (or MusicTeacherGifts.com).

    Second Place: $50 gift Certificate from Performers Music

    Third Place: $25 Gift certificate from Performers Music

     

    Should there be at tie, or at least 3 entries under age 15, an age

    division will be made for judging and prize purposes, and more gift

    certificate prizes will be added from Sheet Music Plus.

    Rules:

    1. Entries must be amateur composers who are ages 10 thru 19 on Feb. 14, 2020. (Students must still be in High School).
    2. Compositions/Songs must be between two and five minutes in length.
    3. Collaborative work accepted (partner must be in same age group). It will be the responsibility of the entry writer to divide the prize. No works under professional contract may be entered.
    4.  Submissions must consist of a score, and an MP-3 (or MP-4 or Memory Stick) or video. For ages 10 thru 14, score is not required, but will be given more weight in judging.
    5. Register (and pay) to enter by Dec. 31, 2020, but submit composition as late as Feb. 14, 2020. Late fee goes up to $25 if you register after Dec. 31.
    6. Compositions/Songs are due by February 14, 2020. Submit to Becky@MusicTeacherGifts.com
    7. Winners will be announced on April 15, 2020.
    8.  Registering for the competition means that you agree that your work is original and that you hold all rights to the composition/song.
    9. Entry constitutes permission to use winner's names, likenesses, and voices for future advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation. (We have not done this and have no plans to do it).
    10.  Submission constitutes entrant's agreement to release, indemnify and hold harmless and judges from and against any claim, including, without limitation, of copyright infringement or other misappropriation, arising from any acts or omissions in connection with the contest or its operation.
    11.  If you are interviewed by the press as a result of this competition, you are required to tell the press, they must mention and thank the company, "ViolettesbyBecky.com, Gifts for Music Lovers" in the press release for conducting the competition.
    12.  If you can not afford the entry fee, we can waive your fee. Also, please note that this competition is a labor of love, and the fee does not begin to cover the labor involved. Support us if you can with purchase from Violettes by Becky. Everyone needs to give gifts. Thanks.

      Please keep informed by signing up for the ViolettesbyBecky,com Newsletter.

      Judging Criteria

      • Judging Criteria for the Compositions will include up to 5 points assigned to each of the following 3 categories: 1.Originality/Creativity, Technical Proficiency 3. Orchestration and Overall Effectiveness
        (Note that the majority of entries are entered on just one instrument).

       

      Judges:

      Andrew Lloyd Sigler is Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he directs the composition program and teaches audio recording, film scoring, theory, and orchestration. He will be assisted in judging by some of his composition students. His web site link is andrewsigler.com    He often gives winners bonus skype composition lessons.

      Laura Elise Schwendinger

      Prof. of Music Composition, Head of Composition/ Artistic Dir. Contemporary Chamber Ensemble

      University of Wisconsin-Madison, Mead Witter School of Music

       

      MA, PH.D. UC Berkeley; First Berlin Prize on Music '00, Radcliffe Inst. Fellow '03,

      Guggenheim Fellow '09, American Acad. Arts & Letters Lieberson Fellow '09,

      MacDowell, Yaddo, Bogliasco, Copland and Bellagio Fellow

      http://www.lauraschwendinger.com

       

      QUARTETS: Featuring the JACK Quartet on ALBANY

      http://www.albanyrecords.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Session_ID=0cef356bee2ae17e1234406dcbcfaae0&Screen=PROD&Store_Code=AR&Product_Code=TROY1704&Category_Code=a-NR

       

      Grant recipient of an Opera America Discovery Grant!

      Discovery Grants,http://operaamerica.org/content/about/pressroom/2016/04202016.aspx

      for ARTEMISIA

      AT TRINITY WALL STREET, Times Arrow Festival, Orchestral premiere Christopher Alden,& Lidiya Yankovskaya-Conductor

       

      review in NYT

      https://www.nytimes.com/…/music/classical-music-youtube.html

      https://vimeo.com/334827356

      and Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, June 2019, Chamber version Premiere

          Music Gifts

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  • Violettes Youth Composition Competition & Songwriter Contest

    Violettes by Becky Presents

    our 4rth Annual Youth Composition Competition & Songwriter Contest



    Register now HERE. There is a $15 entry fee**.  Send Score and MP-3 or You tube by Feb. 14, 2017 to RMChaffee1@comcast.net.  (Registration after Dec. 31 goes up to $20) Note that you can register by paying early, but submit entry on Feb. deadline.           Thank you.

    There are separate categories for composition and songwriter entries. Each is divided into 2 age levels for judging and prizes. Thanks to sponsors Violettes by Becky for Gig bags and Cash, Board Member Bennye St. Claire for obtaining Songwriter Grand Prize TBA, Performers Music and Sheet Music Plus for Sheet Music Gift Certificates for prize donations. Thanks to all volunteer judges!

    • Bios for Composition and Songwriter Judges can be found HERE.
    • Judging Criteria for both Composition and Songwriter entries posted at bottom of this page.

     

    Composition Theme: Being Me Now!
    A song is sometimes the melody, sometimes the lyrics and sometimes the heart. However your song comes thru, let it fly. Share your reflections and introspection.

    Rules:
    1. Entries must be amateur composers/songwriters who are ages 10 thru 18 on Feb. 14, 2017. For judging, Junior Division will be ages 10 thru 14 and, Senior Division will be ages 15 thru 18. (Students must still be in High School).
    2. Compositions/Songs must be between two and five minutes in length.
    3. Collaborative work accepted (partner must be in same age group). It will be the responsibility of the entry writer to divide the prize. No songs under professional contract may be entered.
    4. Submissions must consist of a score, and an MP-3 (or MP-4 or Memory Stick) or video. For ages 10 thru 14, score is not required, but will be given more weight in judging.
    5. Top 30 entries in each division will be judged by two independent professional musicians. Students of judges may not enter. (In the case of over 30 entries in a division, Violettes will use a committee to choose the top 30). Each student in top 30 will receive at least one feedback critique from judges.
    6. Register to enter by Feb. 14, 2017. Registration after Dec. 31, 2016 goes up to $20. You can register and pay early, then send entry on deadline.
    7. Compositions/Songs are due by February 14, 2017. Submit to Violettes "Contact us" email or RMChaffee1@comcast.net.
    8. Winners will be announced on April 15, 2017.
    9. Registering for the competition means that you agree that your work is original and that you hold all rights to the composition/song.
    10. Entry constitutes permission to use winner's names, likenesses, and voices for future advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation.
    11. Submission constitutes entrant's agreement to release, indemnify and hold harmless Violettes and judges from and against any claim, including, without limitation, of copyright infringement or other misappropriation, arising from any acts or omissions in connection with the contest or its operation. 

    12. If you are interviewed by the press as a result of this competition, you are required to tell the press, they must mention and thank the company, "ViolettesbyBecky.com, Gifts for Music Lovers" in the press release for the generous competition.

    **If you can not afford the entry fee, we can waive your fee. Also, please note that this competition is a labor of love, and the fee does not begin to cover the labor involved. Support us if you can with purchase from Violettes by Becky. Everyone needs to give gifts. Thanks.

    Please keep informed by signing up for the Violettes Newsletter.

     

    Prizes for Composition & Songwriter Competition 

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    * We especially thank our new Board Member, Bennye St. Claire who helped obtain songwriting judges and who is securing songwriter grand prize.

    Bennye J. St.Claire - President - Texas Universal Management has been in the country music industry since 1976. He has worked with such artists as The Oak Ridge Boys, Eddie Raven, Gena Roberts-Hamilton (Country Gospel Singer), Gayla Earline (Gospel Singer), and others too many to mention. He has managed several up and coming vocalists. He also acts as a booking agent for South Bound Train, The Jason Helms Band, T.Kaye and Sweetfire and others.


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    Judging Criteria

    • Judging Criteria for the Compositions will include up to 5 points assigned to each of the following 3 categories: 1. Originality/Creativity, 2. Technical Proficiency 3. Orchestration and Overall Effectiveness
      (Note that the majority of entries are entered on just one instrument).
    • Judging Criteria for the Songwriter Competition
      will include up to 5 points assigned to each of the following categories:
      1. Emotional Impact, 2. Individuality and Creativity, 3. Meaningful Lyrics, 4. Melody

    Points will be deducted for going over the 5 minute time limit for each entry.

    Gifts for Musicians

     

  • Fun Volunteer Judges for Junior Composers

    Thanks to our Junior Composers' Judges

    Our 2 volunteer Composers' judges for the Junior Division of the Violettes Youth Composition Competition are fun Music Professionals who love working with children. Both Julie Fischer and Paul Brody have worked extensively with children in their music careers. Bio Information about each is the subject of this blog.

    Ms. Julie Fischer

    Composers Julie Fischer                           Junior Composers Judge

    Ms. Fischer has always been able to hear harmonically. She harmonized parts to violin music since she was 4 years old! After some formal theory training, she sat at the piano for hours and pretended she was Bach...As a child, she won the Reflections Contest and composed music for Rumpelstiltskin.

    She took many composition classes at the New England Conservatory (NEC), and loves working with children.

    Julie Fischer is a violin and viola teacher and performer. She has over 20 years of experience teaching kids and adults of all ages and levels. She has taught in university, conservatory, community music school, and private studio settings. She currently teaches privately, at the Music Institute of Chicago and is on the chamber music faculty of the Midwest Young Artists.

    She has appeared as soloist with multiple orchestras, a few being the Pacific Palisades Symphony, Evanston Symphony, and Kishwaukee Symphony.

    Education:

    Graduate Diploma-New England Conservatory -2005; Masters of Music-New England Conservatory-2004; Bachelors of Music-Cleveland Institute of Music-2002

    Significant teachers and mentors:

    Lucy Chapman, Donald Weilerstein, Almita and Roland Vamos, Thomas Wermuth, Paula Fischer

    Awards and achievements:

    Julie was previously a member of the Azmari Quartet, in Residence at Northern Kentucky University, where she was a Violin Professor from 2007-2009. Julie was a three time prizewinner at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and a 2 time winner of the Walgreens National Competition. She has performed at the Perlman Chamber Music Program with Donald Weilerstein, and was also teaching assistant to Donald Weilerstein at NEC.

    Favorite practice tip:   Practice only on the days you eat!

    Mr. Paul Brody

    Composers Paul Brody                     Junior Composers Judge Photo credits: Elena Graupe

    Paul Brody is an American composer, writer and trumpeter based in Berlin. Currently he is working on a commission to produce a radio feature for West German Radio using his composition and sound design techniques. His sound installations have been featured in major art venues such as the 2014 Transmedialle Festival of Digital Art and Culture and the 2012 Heimat exhibit at the Jewish Museum Berlin. He has also produced and composed music for a full length feature for NPR about music, sound, and public space in Berlin called, The Fringe Sound of Berlin, to be aired at the end of the year.

    He has a number of solo CDs with his jazz and klezmer oriented projects. Paul Brody's Sadawi has three albums on John Zorn's Tzadik Label. The New York/Berlin based group has toured extensively, and played festivals in cities such as Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Berkeley, Mink, Warsaw, and Cracow. His 2014 debut album on the legendary Enja Records, Behind All Words, won the German Recording Prize for composition under the category of "Music that Crosses Borders."

    More bio info  for Mr. Brody can be found at : Paul's Bio

    Violettes would like to thank our Volunteer judges for their enthusiasm and volunteer spirit.

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    For Competition Guidelines, See this LINK.

  • Music Competition

    Here is an awesome Music Competition entry from a 10 year old.

    Violettes 1st Annual Composition Competition for Ages 10 thru 17. 
    The music competition entries are currently being reviewed for the first competition, and notable judges are: Grammy Award winner, Lucas Richman, composer and conductor of both the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (KSO) and Bangor SO; and Klezmer Jazz composer, musician, and writer, Paul Brody, who has records with his band, Sadawi, on Tzadik and Enja records labels. We received wonderful entries nationwide from California to Florida, but no guitar or country music submissions. We hope to see more genres in our next music competition. Next year we would like to pair mentors with students thru skype. If you are interested in being notified about our next competition as a competitor, mentor or judge, please contact us.
     
    Violettes has more exciting news.
    We will have an article in the Spring 2014 Greater Nashville Travel Host Magazine. Famous Nashville Guitar artist is now painting Signature Rob Hendon Guitar Bags for Upscale folks! Violettes Guitar bags with paintings from our in-house artist, Gigi Wright (published in Decorative Painter, Paint Works and Paint it Today) are now for sale in the O gallery in Nashville. We are planning a children's golf game fundraiser at Target Golf driving range in Powell, TN to raise funds for the Joy of Music School of Knoxville, for the end of June. Please sign up for our newsletter to receive updates from Violettes.
    Becky's Music Competition "I am inspired by my awesome Composition Competition Students!"

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