Southwestern University’s Brown Symposium XXXIII is officially about histories of salon culture. But unofficially, it’s all about the art of conversation. We want people to notice conversation, and in the process, to figure out what it means to them personally. What constitutes conversation? How are its perimeters changing? What uses does it have?

Musiconversations is a project sponsored by this year’s Brown Symposium. 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. (PDF scores are welcome but unnecessary.) 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.

Email with the mp3 attached and “Original Work” in the subject line, or send it via our SoundCloud Dropbox. Works will be judged anonymously by 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.

Copyright Rules

(1) Copyright remains the property of the original owner. However, by submitting materials to this group you automatically give Brown Symposium XXXIII and Southwestern University permission to display, post, and use those materials free of charge. (2) You warrant that you are the sole owner of all rights to this composition and have full power and unrestricted right to submit the composition, and that Southwestern University and Brown Symposium are not responsible for any copyright claims which may be alleged against the composition. Music that utilizes unauthorized sampling of other artists’ material is ineligible for our competition.

Please adhere to the guidelines before submitting. All submissions must be in mp3 format between 3’30” and 4’00” long.

We look forward to hearing from you!


8 Responses to Rules

  1. Jason says:

    do you want scores to be submitted as well, or only an mp3?

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  3. Aga says:

    Should we send one piece per one person or can be more?

  4. Aga says:

    Thank you 🙂

  5. mark says:

    is the symposium’s rights only for the winning submission, or do they applicable to all submissions or just the winning one.

  6. mark says:

    sentence fail. too much coffee.

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