Composition Festival

Coordinator: Cynthia Papierniak

This festival is designed to encourage students to write their own music and enjoy the creative process. All students will have the opportunity to perform and discuss their composition, and they will receive written critiques.

Composition Forum and Recital

When: Note new date: Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 4:00 PM
Where: Recital Hall of PianoForte Chicago, 1335 S Michigan Ave in Chicago
Fee: CAMTA member: $35 per manuscript | Non-member: $40 per manuscript

REGISTRATION OPEN: FEBRUARY 1, 2020
APPLICATION DEADLINE: APRIL 1, 2020

General Requirements

Piano or Instrumental: No requirements as to choice of instruments(s).

Songwriting: Words for songs must be original or in the public domain. Songwriting may be collaborative; lyrics and music may be composed by two or more persons.

New for 2020: All materials will be submitted online.

Zen Hsu Judge and Artist: Zen Hsu

Zen Hsu is a pianist based in Chicago, with a passion for teaching, composing/arranging, and hope to spread joy through the power of music. Zen has graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in piano performance, as well as a master’s degree in piano pedagogy with his thesis on “Introducing Video Game Music to the Piano Repertoire.” Zen has received honorable mention for the NEIU Concerto Competition, has performed with the varsity Jazz band and combo for NEIU, and performed in masterclasses for renowned pianists such as Sergio Monteiro and Nelita True. Zen is currently the pianist for the Good News Chicago Church, and is teaching students privately while working on different video game arrangement projects.


ONLINE REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS:

STEP 1: TEACHER REGISTRATION

Teachers must first register themselves HERE. Make note of the amount due so you will know how much to pay in STEP 4!

STEP 2: STUDENT REGISTRATION

Teachers should then register their students, each on their own individual form HERE. Rolling registration: Students may be entered at any time. IMPORTANT: Please do not use the composer's actual name in naming the files to be uploaded. A combination of a pseudoname of some sort and numbers is suggested in order to ensure your file names are unique. The title of the work can be part of the file name.

STEP 3: SUBMIT STUDENT MANUSCRIPTS AND RECORDINGS

Submit your students’ manuscripts and recordings via Dropbox by clicking HERE. Make sure to use the correct file names specified under STEP 2 above.

STEP 4: PAY ONLINE

Teachers should pay for all of their students with one payment. Applications will be considered incomplete unless payment is made in full. Fees are not refundable! Pay in one of the following ways (click here to view specific instructions for each payment method):

a) ONLINE BANKING, which is the preferred payment method for CAMTA since there is no fee for the transaction. Initiate this through your bank’s online system and send the amount due from Step 1. Please put COMPOSITION and the teacher name in the message field.

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b) PAYPAL (CAMTA incurs a fee for using this service), which you initiate by clicking on the Donate button below. Once you’re in, please “donate” the amount due from Step 1. Please look for “add special instructions to the seller” and specify COMPOSITION and the teacher name.