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2020 Composition Contest Winners
(complete information HERE)

1st Prize
Alice Hong, University of Toronto
l’oiseau qui entend l'appel du vide (violin and piano)

2nd Prize
Daniel Cho: Rice University, Shepherd School of Music
Anticipation (Flute, Violin, Cello, Piano)


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The Luna Nova 2020 Student Composition Contest is offered in conjunction with the Belvedere Chamber Music Festival to be held June 17-20, 2020 at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Memphis, Tennessee. The festival is sponsored by Luna Nova Music (www.lunanova.org) and the Beethoven Club.

The contest is open to music composition students of any nationality who are 18 years or older. Recent graduates are also eligible provided that they graduated on or after May 1, 2018. They must give the name and contact information of their current or most recent theory/composition professor.

Participants may submit one score and accompanying mp3. The work may be for violin, flute, clarinet, cello, guitar, and piano.  Entries may be solos or works for any combination of these instruments. Works should not exceed 10 minutes in length and should have no electronic requirements.

Contest Announcement and Guidelines: www.belvederefestival.org/2020contest.pdf


Pdfs of scores and mp3s must be received by 11:45 p.m. CST, March 1, 2020. (Computer realizations will be accepted if a live recording is not available.) Winners will be posted at by April 1, 2020. Composers of winning entries must provide full score and parts by May 1, 2020.  

A panel assembled by the Luna Nova Music board will judge scores. The panel will take logistical issues into consideration. Their decision will be final.

Up to three winners will be named. Winning compositions will be performed by members of the Luna Nova Ensemble at the 2020 Belvedere Festival in Memphis. Winners are expected to attend. They will receive a live recording of the performance. Room and board will be provided free for the winners. Winners are responsible for their own transportation to Memphis.

Former contest winners are not eligible to enter.

Recordings of the Luna Nova Ensemble are available here.
Questions may be sent to Patricia Gray, Luna Nova Music President at pgray@pgray.net or 901-493-0958.



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The mission of the Belvedere Chamber Music Festival is to perform masterpieces of 20th and 21st century music as well as new works by emerging composers. In addition to performances, the festival also offers educational opportunities for young composers and performers through lectures, masterclasses, and private instruction.