In the spirit of creativity and honoring our jazz legacy, Essentially Ellington seeks to encourage young musicians to compose and arrange by offering the Essentially Ellington Gerhard W. Vosshall Student Composition/Arranging Contest. Submissions are critiqued by composer, arranger, and Ellington authority, David Berger and the winning selection will be announced along with the Essentially Ellington Competition & Festival finalist bands on February 19, 2014.
The winner will have his or her composition recorded by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) at their annual Essentially Ellington recording session. In addition, the winning composer will receive a $1,000 cash prize, a composition lesson with David Berger, and a trip to New York City to observe the JLCO recording session and the Essentially Ellington Competition & Festival, May 8-10, 2014.
For application and guideline information, please click HERE and select “Student Composition Contest” from the dropdown menu on the right.