THE 4X4 PRIZES:
The University of Oklahoma School of Music announces its second 4x4 Competition for both composers and conductors to take place in Norman, OK February 5-7, 2016.
The contest is open to composers and conductors currently enrolled in a college or university degree program or studying with a recognized professional composer or conductor.
Prizes will be awarded for the most successful orchestral composition and the most artistic conducting of new orchestral music.
The first prize and runner-up compositions will be conducted by, respectively, the first-prize and runner-up conductors in a concert of the OU Symphony on February 7, 2016.
ONLINE ENTRY DUE:
OCTOBER 2, 2015
OCTOBER 30, 2015
FEBRUARY 4-7, 2016
FOUR FINALIST COMPOSERS
The four finalist composers will be asked to submit performance materials for their works by November 20, 2015.
During the final round, composers are invited to attend the orchestral rehearsals of the four works under the finalist conductors.
Following the second and last orchestral rehearsal on Saturday morning, February 6, 2016, the winner and runner-up compositions will be chosen. The winning composer will receive the $4,000 Michael Hennagin Memorial Prize
and the runner-up will receive $1,000. Each will be paired with the winner and runner-up from the conductor competition for performance on the OU Symphony concert on February 7, 2016.
FOUR FINALIST CONDUCTORS
The four conductor finalists will be sent scores of all four compositions by December 11, 2015, and will prepare them for the two orchestral rehearsals of the final round. During these sessions, each conductor will rehearse sections of each work.
Following the second and last orchestral session on Saturday, February 6, 2016, the winning conductors will be chosen. The first-prize winner will receive $4,000 and the runner-up $1,000. The winner and runner-up conductor will be paired with the winner and runner-up of the composition contest. A one-hour orchestral session (one-half hour for each composition and conductor) will take place Sunday, February 7, to enable the conductors to rehearse their works for the concert that day.