30th Anniversary Composition Competition

Chamber Orchestra of Colorado Springs 30th Anniversary Composition Competition

It was a wonderful response. We had 170 submissions from all over the world from ages 15 to 90. We are excited to announce that Gilad Hochman is this year’s winner!  We look forward to playing Hochman’s A Voice in the Wilderness at our season finale concert on April 26 and 27, 2014.  You can learn more about Hochman at his website http://www.giladhochman.com/ or thorugh his facebook account at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gilad-Hochman/124130144298958?fref=ts

The Finalists:

Honorable Mention:

  • Mark Arnest Ludlow Four Scenes for Orchestra
  • Tomer Adaddi Piano Concerto #1
  • Andrea Donati Imaginary Day
  • Jiri Kaderabek In Me La Morte
  • Nathan Lincoln de Cusatis A Collection of Sand
  • Greg Steinke Moments from Native American Notes

Attend our season finale concert on April 26 and 27, 2014 for the world premiere of our composition competition winner’s piece.

Read about the submission criteria for the 30th Anniversary Composition Contest here.

8 Responses to 30th Anniversary Composition Competition

  1. ErinCarrillo says:

    What do you think of the submitted pieces?

  2. Pam says:

    Voice in the Wilderness is beautiful, so moving!

  3. Dexter says:

    First of all, i would like to commend the orchestra for offering an opportunity for composers to get their work performed. That being said, were these four pieces really the best of all the submissions? I have been a professional musician and concert-goer for over 40 years now, and I have to say I am disappointed in all the finalists. Three of the four pieces sound like background music to B movies. My general comment is that these pieces have no poetic feeling and at best provide an unsatisfactory listening experience. There are no finely chiseled themes or logical development of ideas. The forms are loose and can almost be described as a “stream of consciousness”. Without a clear presentation of interesting themes and an effective working out of ideas the music is devoid of organic unity. The Gilbertson piece does have some interesting rhythmic ideas but the second half is very dull. This and the Hochman and Stozel pieces are examples of the above complaints. The Pann piece illustrates another common fault of many of today’s composers. Armed with a computer program they think they are real composers. It is so easy to manipulate, cut and paste and perform so many tricks with the music that they are fooled into believing the product is worthwhile. Many are the musical equivalent of Jackson Pollack – spattering notes across the page and pretending it is “art”. Considering the extremely awkward and disjointed piano parts, Mr. Pann may be dreaming if he thinks two pianists will be able to play together cleanly and at that tempo. The computer can play back anything perfectly, but I wonder if the composer actually tried the parts out on the piano and up to tempo? At any rate, I am sorry to say that all this just illustrates the constant and continual degradation of the arts and in particular the field of serious new concert music.

    • Tone says:

      You think the Pann piece is cut and paste trickery?
      Listen to his Slalom, and cut and paste an extra for me too.

  4. Angie says:

    Spring Dances is fantastic! It has a fun energy and is also beautiful and filled with a variety of colors.

  5. Kelly Dean Pilarczyk says:

    Hey all, sorry for the delay in approving posts. It’s a protection measure to keep the spammers out. but thanks for the comments and keep them coming!

  6. Luis Pine says:

    These contests are meant to promote the organizers through the reputation of the contestants. The quality and value of the work are secondary

  7. Pam says:

    Luis, Tone and Dexter, Thank you for your comments. I believe that the creative arts is most exciting when people don’t always agree as it makes for thoughtful conversation. It is always interesting to hear others perspectives on the creative process. I am sorry but I don’t agree with your comments above. The quality of the work was primary in this competition. It was not to promote the organization through the reputation of any one else. The Hochman piece speaks for itself. His writing is moving, thoughtful, creative and truly worthy of being performed internationally. I am thrilled that I am going to have this opportunity and have already looked into his other works for chamber groups for other collaboration I engage in. Voice in the Wilderness is a beautiful concert piece and I am so glad I will have an opportunity to be a part of the performance. If you are local, I hope you will consider attending the season finale and experience the piece at a live performance. I will even offer you my comp ticket to do so, so we can engage in further discussion of contemporary music, as it were.

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