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Susquehanna University High School Composition Competition | Deadline: Friday, Jan. 20, 2023 at 6 p.m.

Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Maryland high school students currently in grades 9-12 are invited to enter a composition competition hosted by the Department of Music at Susquehanna University. Learn more about Composition at SU.

The composer of the winning piece will receive a $1,000 prize and an invitation to the premier of their piece at Susquehanna in the spring of 2023 (March/April).

Submission Specifications

  • Works must be for two to seven performers and three to 10 minutes in duration.
  • Instrumentation is flexible, although standard classical instruments are preferred. For example, a work for two singers, piano, flute, violin and percussion would be preferred over a work for four electric guitars and organ, although that work would still be eligible.
  • Submissions must be made electronically and should include both a notated score (PDF) and a recording (mp3). The recording may be computer-generated or from a live performance or reading session.
  • Submissions will be evaluated based on musical quality, originality and appropriateness for performance by undergraduate music majors (student chamber ensemble).

Winners will be contacted by February 20, 2023. Winners and runners-up will receive feedback from the jury. Please contact Patrick Long, professor of music, with any questions.

Hip-hip duo’s Creating a Joyful Noize program at the heart of instructional materials

The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State invites you to consider three unique opportunities for your learners. Multimedia creative and hip-hop duo Soul Science Lab presents a way for you and your students to take a deep dive into its process of creating uplifting, educational, inspirational messages through hip-hop songwriting.

The three-part program consists of a screening of Soul Science Lab’s documentary film Creating Make a Joyful Noize, followed by a question-and-answer session; songwriting and music production curriculum; and an in-person School-Time Matinee event.

Learn more here.