Introducing Musiconversations!

Musiconversations is a project sponsored by Southwestern University’s Brown Symposium XXXIII. There are two tracks to the project: the first is a composition contest with a $500 prize. We are calling for compositions written after 2005 that represent or interrogate the spirit of conversation in some way. To enter, submit an mp3 excerpt of your original work between 3’30” and 4’00” long by 5:00 p.m. on February 16, 2011. The winning selection will be simulcast live online during the Symposium in tandem with a slideshow of winning photos from the Symposium’s photo competition, and recorded along with the Symposium DVD set.

You have two options for submitting your entry. Either email with the mp3 attached and “Original Work” in the subject line, or send it via our SoundCloud Dropbox. All excerpts will be posted to sound cloud and commented on live. The final word on the winner, however, will be decided by judges Greg Sandow, composer and specialist on the future of classical music, and Jason Hoogerhyde, theory and composition professor at Southwestern.

The second track to the project is a call for YouTube submissions of cover versions of current songs that represent or interrogate the spirit of conversation. This part is for fun rather than money, but the best of these videos will be posted on the Musiconversations blog and voted upon by viewers to win a DVD set of the Symposium. To send in your creative take on a song about conversation, you should email your youtube link to with “Cover” in the subject line.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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