2017 ABA Candidate Information Now Available
Please use your log in (email address and password) to access the 2017 Candidate information pages. Once on the 2017 Candidate page you may observe the Candidate’s curriculum vita, listen to the audio files, and make your assessment of his/her qualifications for membership on the Questionnaire page.
Esteemed ABA Members,
It is now time for you to become involved in this most important process of our organization, that of providing your evaluation of the proposed candidates. Every effort has been made to make this important process easy and user-friendly to provide the membership committee your direct feedback in this decision making process.
Please follow the instructions given in the link above. The completion date is January 15, 2017, providing three and a half months to make your evaluation. Simply, you are the leaders in our industry who make a difference, and your insight is valued. We need to hear from all of you.
On behalf of everyone who has worked so diligently to recommend outstanding candidates and to all who have worked behind the scenes, thank you.
I am looking forward to seeing you in Lexington, KY if not before. Be well and thank you.
Lowell Graham, Vice President
Sousa/ABA/Ostwald Contest - Cash Prize of $5,000
The American Bandmasters Association (ABA) and John Philip Sousa Foundation are proud to announce the 57th Sousa/ABA/Ostwald Award. Since 1956, this composition contest has stimulated the creation of many important new compositions for concert band and is responsible for more new band music than any other competition of its kind.
The 2016 Award Committee will consider concert band compositions with a completion date no earlier than October 1, 2013 and with a difficulty rating of grade 5 or 6. (The 2017 award will include music of difficulty ratings 1-4 written after October 1, 2014).
The Sousa/Ostwald Committee (Committee) consists of ABA members who screen and judge the entries according to the rules listed below.
The winning composition will be performed during the 2017 annual American Bandmasters Association Convention, which will be held in Lexington, KY March 8-11, 2017.
1. Entries must be emailed to the Committee Chair (address below) no later than 11:59 pm EDT on October 1, 2016.
2. Submissions must be original compositions for band with a completion date no earlier than October 1, 2013 and that have not previously been submitted. No transcriptions or arrangements are allowed, with the exception of works transcribed for band by the composer. (For these entries, the completion date of the transcription will serve as the date of eligibility.)
3. There is no prescribed instrumentation for this award, but entries should be scored for an ensemble that consists primarily of winds, brass, and percussion. The conventional symphonic band instrumentation is approximately as follows: Piccolo, Flutes, Oboes/English Horn, Bassoons/Contra Bassoon, E-flat Clarinet, B-flat Clarinets (3 parts), Bass Clarinet, Contra Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophones (2 parts), Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Cornets/Trumpets (at least 3 parts), French Horns (4 parts), Trombones (3 or 4 parts), Euphoniums, Tubas, String Bass, Percussion. The score may also include Piano and/or other keyboard instruments, and may also include electronic elements produced by a synthesizer or computer. Works for solo instruments with wind accompaniment are also eligible for consideration.
4. There is not a maximum/minimum length for entries, nor is there a limit on the number of movements. The number of works submitted by a composer is limited to three per year, and each entry must be sent separately. ABA members are not allowed to submit a work for consideration.
5. Candidates should submit their entries via email to the address below. Submissions should include a PDF of the full score and an MP3 recording utilizing the instrumentation indicated on the score. Please do not send paper scores and/or parts, and note that MIDI-type realizations will NOT be accepted; recordings MUST be produced from a live performance or recording session. There is no requirement to remove the composers name or other identifying marks from the score or recording.
6. If the score does not already include the following information, please include it in the entry email:
Date of Completion
Recording Conductor and Ensemble
Composer Biography (This should include private teachers and schools attended)
7. Receipt of entries will be verified by an email reply from the Committee Chair. Candidates who have not received a confirmation within one week are encouraged to resubmit.