Competition - Call for Scores

Winners were Announced May 1, 2017

Find that Announcement Here:  Composition Competition Results

Concert featuring the winners Sunday, September 10, 2017

Stay tuned for details!

Composition Competition - Call for Scores

The Twin Cities Horn Club, in partnership with the American Composers Forum, seeks scores for original, recently-composed, unpublished 5-to 8-minute works for large horn ensemble (more than 8 independent parts). All composers welcome! Juried competition, cash awards of $3,000, $1,500, and $500, plus a performance and professional recording by members of the Twin Cities Horn Club.

The Twin Cities Horn Club of Saint Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota (TCHC) was founded in 1963 and has more than 250 member musicians. TCHC rehearsals and performances typically have over 24 players. We are excited to announce that entries are now being accepted for its composition competition to expand the literature for very large horn ensembles.


Compositions will be juried by Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra horn section. The winning compositions will be featured on a special TCHC concert presented in the Twin Cities, attended by the judging panel and representatives of the American Composers Forum.  The special TCHC concert will be professionally recorded, and winning composers will receive a recording of their work from the performance.

Three scores will be chosen for the performance. Composers of the winning compositions will receive awards of $3,000, $1,500, and $500, respectively. Winning composers are encouraged to come to the Twin Cities prior to the performance to work with the TCHC on their composition. 



Composers of all ages and backgrounds are eligible to apply.

Board members and staff of the TCHC and their immediate families are ineligible to apply.



Length of work: 5 – 8 minutes

Composers may consider how the notion of “twin” – as in Twin Cities Horn Club - could influence the concept of the piece 

Composition must be an original work (no arrangements), never previously performed publicly, for horns alone with no auxiliary instruments and/or electronics

Work must be for an ensemble of more than 8 horns. Typically horn literature is written in multiples of 4 independent parts (4, 8, 12, 16 etc.); however, this is only a suggestion, not a requirement: a composition for 10 or 14 horns would be acceptable

Compositions must be a work of moderate difficulty; the parts should be playable by the entire spectrum of hornists in a community ensemble (student through professional musicians); the musical content should have the integrity to honor the professional hornist yet be within the pitch and technical range of the panorama of student and non-professional musicians

Each applicant is limited to one submission

Submission by MP3 file and PDF score 

Awards may be withheld if the works submitted are deemed unqualified to receive such distinction. The judging panel may assign Honorable Mention status to compositions not selected for a monetary award

Submitting a composition for this competition indicates acceptance of the Submission Guidelines

Works not adhering to these guidelines will be disqualified



Applications must be submitted by midnight on February 5, 2017

Winners will be announced on May 1, 2017 



An MP3 electronic realization of the score (e.g., Finale, MIDI, synth) and PDF of score & parts. IMPORTANT NOTE: Neither the composer’s name nor any identifying marks may appear anywhere on the score and/or recording submitted for the competition

A bio/resume (2 pages maximum), including current address, e-mail, and telephone number

There is no registration fee

Files will not be returned. Intellectual rights remain the property of the composer


Submissions will be judged anonymously. 

For further information or questions, contact

To learn more about the Club, visit


To submit your materials, please contact for submission instructions.