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2020 Composition Competition

To celebrate the creation of new music, and to encourage beauty out of chaos, ClefWorks is calling for new compositions for the 2020-2021 Season. We are looking for pieces that explore themes related to The Year 2020: Life, Headlines and the Soul of America. This year’s Composition Competition is open in two categories: String Quartet and Classical Guitar Solo.

String Quartet:

Deadline for submission – November 30, 2020

Prize – $1,000

Judges – Samford Quartet

Tentative Performance Date – February 2021

Classical Guitar Solo:

Deadline for submission – January 14, 2021

Prize – $500

Judges – Doug Back and Kevin Manderville

Tentative Performance Date – April 2021

Guideline and Details –

Eligible Compositions: Compositions must be for a string quartet OR a solo guitar.  Works must be original, unpublished, and not professionally recorded or performed. You may submit more than one composition, but an entry fee must accompany each submission.

Composer Age Limit : 18 -35

Composition Length: Six minute maximum.

Electronic Submissions: Please submit an e-mail to info@clefworks.org with the full score attached in PDF format. Do not include the composer’s name on the PDF attachment, so that the judging may be blind. In the body of the e-mail, please state your name, email address, phone number, mailing address, the title of the composition and confirmation of payment. We will ask finalists for additional biographical information and program notes prior to announcement.

Recordings: If an mp3 or MIDI recording exists, you may attach the electronic file. A recording might be helpful for the judges, but it is not required. Some previous winners submitted recordings and others did not, so use your judgement about how well the recording showcases your composition.

Deadline for submission:

String Quartet Compositions must be received by 11:30pm CST, November 30, 2020

Classical Guitar Solo Compositions must be received by 11:30 pm CST, January 14, 2021


Entry fee: The competition fee is $20, payable to ClefWorks, Inc. Entry fees must be received by November 30, 2020 for String Quartet and January 14, 2021 for Guitar Solo. A separate fee must accompany each submission.  Please visit our Composition Competition page to submit the entry fee.

Tentative Performance Date:

In the past, ClefWorks has invited the winner to travel to Montgomery for the premiere. We will not be doing that this season, but we hope to reinstate that portion of the program in the future.

String Quartet – The winning piece will be premiered either virtually or in a small setting in late early February 2021.

Classical Guitar Solo – The winning piece will be performed in April 2021.

Announcement of Winner: ClefWorks will publicly announce the winner at www.clefworks.org and on social media in January for String Quartet and in February 2021 for Guitar Solo. The winning composers will also be contacted personally.

ClefWorks Acknowledgement: Programs for future performances of the winning work must acknowledge the Composition Competition award.

Questions? Go to info@clefworks.org, or contact Jenny Brown at 334-603-CLEF

2020 Composition Competition 2020-11-16T12:33:47-06:00

INVOKE in Montgomery!

Invoke brings innovative American chamber music to Montgomery. A multi-string quartet, they shift instruments mid-piece to seamlessly add color and texture to their work. Violin, Viola, Cello, Banjo and Mandolin – a little something for everyone. Come be delighted.

Buy your tickets now for Friday, January 31, 2020!

INVOKE in Montgomery! 2020-01-10T15:26:30-06:00

Wind Down with Windsync!

We’re delighted to bring these talented musicians to Montgomery. Don’t miss this young, vibrant wind quintet. Flute, Bassoon, Clarinet, Oboe and French Horn will surprise and delight you!

Buy your tickets now for Friday, February 22nd, 2019!

Wind Down with Windsync! 2019-02-12T18:55:29-06:00

2017 Competition Winner – Roger Briggs

We are thrilled to announce the winner of our 2017 Composition Competition, Roger Briggs! Roger’s piece “Friction” is the perfect complement to Catalyst’s Hemispheres Program that was performed on March 10th. Roger spoke eloquently about the force of music and noise to create friction in our lives. Catalyst tackled the complex techniques and left us breathless with their skill. To learn more about Roger, visit his website.

It was certainly a difficult decision thanks to the high caliber of all of the selections. Catalyst Quartet, who judged this year’s competition, said they were overwhelmed with options. We are so enthused about the quality and exuberance of those composers that are creating new music for today. We wish you all great success.

Congratulations as well to our first runner up, Will Huff. His piece was “Three Monologues About the Same Thing.” Well done, Will!

2017 Competition Winner – Roger Briggs 2017-06-07T18:45:26-05:00

Award-winning Catalyst Quartet Brings Music To Montgomery

Catalyst Quartet, an award winning quartet out of New York shared their talents with Montgomery March 7th at school outreach concerts. On Friday, March 10th the group also performed a family-friendly concert at City Auditorium. We invited everyone to join us for an engaging and exciting night of music in Montgomery, and they didn’t disappoint!

The quartet’s visit was part of our 10th Anniversary Festival, which kicked off with local favorites in a laid back setting,  our Jazz Brunch at A&P Social, and the music of the Lo-Fi Loungers. On the 8th, there was a unique opportunity to hear chamber music as it was originally intended, in a private home! Thank you to The Cottage Hill Foundation for sponsoring that event.

Award-winning Catalyst Quartet Brings Music To Montgomery 2017-06-07T18:45:19-05:00