OM/NI COMPETITION - ORIGINAL MUSIC / NEW IDEAS
Welcome to the OM/NI Program Page!

Below, you'll find everything you need to learn about OM/NI, view sample scores, links to submit your composition, process your entry fee, or order the "OM/NI New Music" Compilation or CD after it's released!

If you have any questions about the program or need help,
please contact SJackson@epsmf.org



- Competition Process 2019 -

ALL APPLICATIONS AND MATERIALS ARE DUE BY MARCH 15, 2019

Each eligible score received by the deadline will be evaluated by the OM/NI Panel
at EPSMF in collaboration with the guest artists for the 2019 concert. 

Preference will be given to scores demonstrating idiomatic understanding of piano
writing, clear presentation/development of materials - both harmonic and melodic,
well-edited and legible notation. Any use of extended technique should be accessible
to a typical concert pianist and clearly explained within the context of the score.

Entries may draw from any style of concert music, but must demonstrate a solid use
of compositional technique as well as a good understanding of the instrument. 

Competition Concert - Two to Four professional pianists will prepare all of the
concert repertory for presentation during the August 11th, 2019 in collaboration with
the Sounds of St. Mark's Concert Series. Composers are welcome to attend the
performance, but are not required to do so. Should they choose to attend, any fees
incurred for travel, lodging or meals are the sole responsibility of the composer.

Audience Choice Award - At this time, the audience will also
vote for Audience Choice award recipient. The Audience Choice Prize is
$200.00.

Publication/Recording - All compositions selected for inclusion in the OM/NI Concert
will be included in the 2019 "OM/NI New Music" Compilation. The concert is also
recorded live and each composer will receive an mp3 of their composition after the
performance. Compositions selected for publication will receive royalties from
Compilation and CD sales.

A separate contract (to be signed by parents or guardians for anyone
under 18) will be sent to each composer prior to publication. Contract is
non-exclusive. EPSMF reserves the right to republish or include
compositions for performance in concert for a period not to exceed 
(five) years from the date of submission.
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OM/NI Submission Guidelines – JUNIOR DIVISION

ALL APPLICATIONS AND MATERIALS ARE DUE BY MARCH 15, 2019

All applicants must be from 9 – 16 years old as of March 15th, 2019

2018 Competition instrumentation is for solo piano only.

Junior division competitors may submit 1 (one) piece, no longer than 3
(three) minutes.

Scores may be neatly handwritten or engraved in a music notation
program and saved as a PDF. (See Sample Scores HERE and HERE)
oSome free music notation programs include Finale Notepad,
Score Cloud, MuseScore, Lily Pond, Musink Lite, and Musette.
oSome commercially available music notation programs include
Sibelius, Finale, Magic Score, and Forte.

Audio files (live performance or digital rendering) may be submitted along
with your score, but are not acceptable substitutes for music notation.

Be sure that your score includes each of the following:
oYour name
oApproximate performance time
oTitle of your piece
oAny required tempo markings and dynamics

SUBMISSION FORM (click here!)

ENTRY FEE PAYMENT LINK ($5.00)


OM/NI Submission Guidelines – EMERGING DIVISION

ALL APPLICATIONS AND MATERIALS ARE DUE BY MARCH 15, 2019

All applicants must be from 17-25 years old as of March 15, 2019

2018 Competition instrumentation is for either solo piano or electro-
acoustic works featuring solo acoustic piano.

Emerging division competitors may submit 1 (one) piece or a small suite
of pieces, no longer than 6 (six) minutes.

Scores may be neatly handwritten or engraved in a music notation
program and saved as a PDF. (See Sample Scores HERE and HERE)
oSome free music notation programs include Finale Notepad,
Score Cloud, MuseScore, Lily Pond, Musink Lite, and Musette.
oSome commercially available music notation programs include
Sibelius, Finale, Magic Score, and Forte.

Audio files (live performance or digital rendering) may be submitted along
with your score, but are not acceptable substitutes for music notation.

Electro-Acoustic submissions must include 2 (two) audio files - the audio
for the performance and a 2nd track including the tempo click track for
rehearsal purposes. Both tracks should be CD quality stereo mp3 files.

Be sure that your score includes each of the following:
oYour name
oApproximate performance time
oTitle of your piece
oAny required tempo markings and dynamics

SUBMISSION FORM (click here)

ENTRY FEE PAYMENT LINK ($10.00)