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Doc Severinsen

Amateur and professional composers alike are invited to submit original works for the Doc Severinsen International Composition Contest, vying for the $10,000 prize and the chance to premiere their music with world-renowned trumpeters.

Doc SeverinsenThe submission deadline for the contest is August 1, 2013.

The competition is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Music, and the Southern Chapter of the College Music Society.

“It takes a long time to write a piece of music and we want to give musicians as much lead time as possible,” said David Royse, associate professor of music education, who is coordinating the competition along with Brendan McConville, assistant professor of music theory, and Barbara Murphy, associate professor of music theory.

The competition is named after famous jazz trumpeter Doc Severinsen, the longtime band leader of the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and a Grammy Award winner. Severinsen will help judge the contest.

All types of composers are encouraged to apply, from church musicians and music teachers to professional composers and students.

“There may be a young Mozart out there and we want to find him or her,” Royse said.

The music must be for solo trumpet and large ensemble, which could either be a symphony orchestra or wind ensemble.

The first-place prize is $10,000, second-place prize is $5,000, and third-place prize is $2,000.

The winners will debut their works during a world premiere performance with internationally renowned trumpeters Vince DiMartino and Allen Vizzutti on Friday, February 14, 2014, at 8:00 p.m. in Cox Auditorium of the Alumni Memorial Building.

The performance will be held during the Joint Regional Conference of the College Music Society Southern Chapter, the College Music Society Mid-Atlantic Chapter and the Association for Technology in Music Instruction, planned for February 13 to 15, 2014, at UT’s new Natalie L. Haslam Music Center.

Click here for more information including contest details, requirements and rules.


Lola Alapo (865-974-3993, lalapo@utk.edu)