Inclusive Repertoire Award

The Colorado Wind Ensemble is issuing a call for scores by underrepresented composers to be performed and recorded by the Colorado Wind Ensemble during the 2023-24 season. We desire to encourage and promote composers from historically marginalized communities to write music for the Wind Band at any developmental level (Grade 1-6). Submitted scores will be reviewed by members of a selection committee, and the selected piece will be programmed and recorded during the 2023-24 season. A professional recording of the work will be provided to the selected composer. In addition, the selected composer will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and will be invited to participate in a two day “Artist-in-Residence” at Metropolitan State University of Denver to work with the Colorado Wind Ensemble and interact with MSU Denver composition students (expenses paid, stipend provided).

Submission Requirements:

  • Composers may submit new or pre-existing works completed after January 1, 2020.
  • Composers may submit no more than two compositions.
  • Original compositions should be submitted with a PDF Score and MIDI file.
  • Instrumentation requiring a minimum of 12 players will be considered (including “flex” scoring of at least four parts).
  • Applicants should include a brief artist’s statement which outlines their identity and their connection to an underrepresented community. 
  • Music of any length or difficulty is accepted.

Complete the form below by February 1, 2023

Applicants will be notified via email by March 1, 2023 of the results of the competition. The winning performance and recording will take place during the 2023-2024 season.

    Artist Statement *

    Composition 1 -- Please provide a link to your PDF and MIDI files*


    Composition 2 -- Please provide a link to your PDF and MIDI files