The winning composer will receive a cash award.
From: Marcy J. Wilson
In addition, the winning composition will be performed at the 2010 Alabama All-State Orchestra Festival at the
University Of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL, on February 14, 2010. The winning composer will also be awarded a
residency at the 2010 Alabama All-State Orchestra Festival, which will include airfare from any point in the
continental US, accommodations, transportation, and meals.
To: Daniel Simpson
Sent: Saturday, September 19, 2009 7:19 AM
Subject: Alabama Orchestra Association Composition Competition
It is my pleasure to inform you that your entry, Tuscaloosa Tango, has been selected by our committee as the winner of the 2010 AOA Composition Competition! Congratulations on this excellent addition to our All-State Festival.
Please confirm if you are available to attend the 2010 All-State Festival on February 11th-14th, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama,
to participate in the Meet the Composer aspect of our Festival. You will also be working closely with the conductor and ensemble that is premiering your work. In addition to your award, your expenses to Tuscaloosa including hotel, food, and transportation will be covered. I will be sending you a contract with more details within the next few weeks.
So that we may have time to notify the other contestants and make a formal announcement of the results, I ask that you do not post the news of your win to your websites until October 15th. Please send me your most recent bio, resume, and picture to help us with our press release.
Again congratulations, and I look forward to working with you and meeting you in February. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
~ Marcy J. Wilson
President - Alabama Orchestra Association
È il mio piacere informarla che la sua entrata, il suo Tango di Tuscaloosa, è stato scelta dal nostro comitato come il vincitore della 2010 Competizione di Composizione di AOA! Le congratulazioni su quest'ottima addizione al nostro Festival di Tutto-Stato.
Per favore di confermare se lei è disponibile per assistere al 2010 Festival di Tutto-Stato su febbraio 11th-14th, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, partecipare nel di Incontrare l'aspetto di Compositore del nostro Festival. Lei lavorerà anche attentamente col conducente e con l'insieme che premiering il suo lavoro. Oltre alla sua ricompensa, le sue spese a Tuscaloosa compreso l'hotel, il cibo, ed il trasporto saranno coperte. L'invierò un contratto con più dettagli dentro le prossime poche settimane.
In modo che potremmo avere il tempo per notificare gli altri concorrenti e fa un annuncio formale dei risultati, chiedo che lei non affigge le notizie della sua vittoria ai suoi siti web fino a ottobre 15. Per favore inviarmi il suo bio più recenti, il suo riassunto, e la sua immagine per aiutarci col nostro comunicato stampa.
Di nuovo le congratulazioni, e non vedo l'ora di lavorare con lei e l'incontrando in febbraio. Per favore di sentire liberare per contattarmi con qualunque domande.
~ Marcy J. Wilson
Il presidente - l'Associazione di Orchestra di Alabama
A special "Thank you" of appreciation John Winsor (CCBRIDGE Webmaster)
who posted this competition without which I'd have never known the opportunity existed.
Also, thanks to Garritan Personal Orchestra,
Sibelius Notation software and the wonderful composers on the Sibelius forum - see excerpts from
this forum below:
Sib. 6.1: TUSCALOOSA TANGO WINS!!!
Posted by scoreperfect - 06 Oct 03:49AM (edited 06 Oct 03:51AM)
Thanks to Sibelius 6.1, Daniel@Sibelius (for the clave part ;) and all the others who gave me invaluable advice on the forum to pull this off.
Vacationing with Mary at Lake Tahoe (California) for the Shakespeare Festival on Aug. 7th I hadn't even started and
it needed to be turned in by Aug.31st! So I began singing themes into my Blackberry (voice recorder on my cell) - but then upon returning,
with all the Clave issues and not having used Timbales/Conga drums in Sibelius before I was losing time
quickly with the submission deadline approaching rapidly - I had stated the 1st theme, then the 2nd theme,
then the "break-away" theme, then back to the main theme...then I ran out of things to do. Now what? I only
had 3 minutes of music so far and the competition rules clearly stated "Not less than 5 minutes, not more than 10 minutes."
The next morning I launched Sibelius, starred at the score and thought, "Heavenly Father...I'm not going to make it."
But then I thought, "Well I'm not giving up now, deadline or no deadline even if I don't make it I'm going to finish it," so I kept going.
Then I casually thought while working on it, "You know, these two minor themes would make good fugue subjects I bet." haha -
a fugue in a Tango? - Who ever heard of that??? - But I went with it...and if you put in the fugue subject you have to have the "answer" right? Then the subject must be introduced in all 4 voices right? And THEY have to be answered right?
So that's what I did and THAT put me over 5 minutes - then I just came back with the theme in the loudest instrument in
the orchestra (trumpet) for the big finish at a nice comfortable 7+ minutes - right where I needed to be.
The fugue is not only a fugue, it's a DOUBLE fugue (in a TANGO (!) ;). Of course this is now my favorite
Thanks again Sibelius... (and Heavenly Father...)
Daniel Leo Simpson