2017 Composition Contest

2017 Great Plains International Marimba Competition

Composition Contest: Work for Solo Marimba with Chamber Ensemble

 The GPIMC would like to congratulate Joseph Craven on his winning composition “Imagined Dances”
This piece will serve as the 2017 Compulsory Piece for the Collegiate/Open Solo Division Final Round!

Below is a mp3 of the winning composition ‘Imagined Dances’

Joseph Craven writes, performs, teaches, and listens to music in Oklahoma City, OK with his two mischievous cats, a vivacious Australian shepherd mix, and three Fire-Bellied toads.

As an undergraduate, Joseph attended Oklahoma City University studying percussion with Dr. David Steffens and composition with Dr. Ed Knight. He graduated in with a bachelor’s degree in performance.

Joseph performs regularly in Oklahoma City and has enjoyed competing in several marimba festivals. In 2012, he and his duo partner, Dane Romano were the runners-up at the Southern California Int. Duo Marimba Competition. He has also competed regularly in the GPIMC and received first place in the 2015 Oklahoma Day of Percussion solo competition.

Joseph is also an adjunct percussion teacher at Putnam City North High School and loves his sixth year working with exceptional young men and women. His students regularly exceed his expectations and provide wonderful opportunities to bring his fondness for composing and teaching together.

As a composer, Joseph works with a variety of music including the marching arts and classical percussion arrangements, as well as original concert percussion and wind music. He feels fortunate to have his works premiered by such groups such as the Oklahoma City University and Putnam City North percussion ensembles, Tallahassee Composer’s orchestra, the OKC Phil’s “We’ve got Rhythm” program, El Sistema, and performers such as percussionists Dr. David Steffens, Dane Romano and Jamie Whitmarsh, trombonist John Allen, Clarinetist Tara Heitz, and many others.

Collegiate finalists (up to 6 performers) will perform the piece at the live competition on July 19th, 2017.

Recordings of the final round performances will be given to the composer.

Composition Requirements

Duration: 3:00-6:00 minutes

Instrument Range: 5.0 Octave Marimba
This competition seeks a technically challenging solo marimba work that requires four mallets. The chamber ensemble accompaniment can include any variety of other percussion instruments that would complement the solo and should be for no more than four additional performers. Additionally, instrumentation and the difficulty of the accompaniment should be appropriate for university level performance.
Submissions must include a digital mock up or recording of the piece and two copies of the score. One score with your name as composer, and one score with no name printed.

All submissions will be judged anonymously by a panel of judges.

Please e-mail your completed submissions to dane.m.romano@gmail.com
Criteria for selection
Meets requirements: duration, instrument range

Technical level appropriate for an international collegiate competition

Engages the listener

Idiomatic

Contributes to and/or advances the repertory

Entry Deadline: Entry Deadline has passed for 2017

Collegiate finalists (up to 6 performers) will perform the piece at the live competition on July 19th, 2017.

Recordings of the final round performances will be given to the composer.