Margaret Blackburn 2019 Biennial Composition Competition

A $1000 grand prize will be awarded to the female student composer who submits the winning musical composition in the 2019 Biennial Blackburn Memorial Composition Competition. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college, university or graduate music program for the 2018-19 academic year.
Compositions should be for a small ensemble of no less than two instruments, which may include voice, and no more than twelve instruments including voice. Works for instruments and electronic sounds, digital media, CD, interactive compositions or works for electronic sounds alone can be included. No published scores will be accepted.
The 2019 deadline for submissions is April 16, 2019. An entry fee of $25 (U.S.) is required. Membership in Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI) is not required. To enter, please use the application form available from Ms. McKelway. You can either pay electronically or submit payment with the application form and full score of your composition. Check the website, for information. Only one submission per person is allowed. Requests for applications or questions regarding specifics of the competition may be directed to Barbara McKelway. Please include “Blackburn” in the subject.

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Deadline: April 16, 2019

Sponsor: SAI Pittsburgh Alumnae


Boury Collection

Presented at the 2018 National Convention in Scottsdale, the Robert and Angelique Boury Music collection, a collection of American musical manuscripts, is available exclusively to undergraduate and graduate Sigma Alpha Iota students for research and performance from now through July 1, 2019.

Among others in the collection, original documents from Victor Herbert (“The Viceroy”), Leonard Bernstein (“I Hate Music” song cycle), George Gershwin (Piano Concerto with the unpublished original piano solo at the ending), Stephen Sondheim (original manuscript for “A Little Night Music), and Dave Brubeck (sketches for oratorio “Beloved Son”), provide an amazing opportunity for study and research. Potential uses of the material include: thesis or dissertation research on some or all of the collection; demonstration or workshop support; lecture source material; in-depth study of performance/recital literature.

Dr. Robert Boury is an SAI National Arts Associate and a member of the SAI Composers Bureau. He served as one of the IAMA Composer/Judges for the SAI 100th Anniversary National Convention in 2003. An application, which requires a professor’s signature, is available from SAI National Headquarters.
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International Women’s Brass Conference

IWBC exists to educate, develop, support, and inspire all women brass musicians. For over 20 years, IWBC has successfully worked towards its mission by:
• Hosting seven international conferences
• Supporting outstanding musicians through the Susan Slaughter Solo Competition, many of whom have moved on to successful careers in the music field.
• Commissioning new pieces for brass
• Publishing NoteWorthy, the biannual newsletter of the IWBC

Maud Powell Society

The MPS has announced that the four-volume Maud Powell Favorites collection of Violin transcriptions, Brahms Concerto Cadenza, Music Analyses and Editions, and Music Dedicated to, Commissioned by or Associated with violinist Maud Powell is available to all SAI chapters, school libraries, and string teachers at a discounted price of $95.

Musical America Career Center

Musical America, the leading resource in the performing arts, has a Career Center offering a place to find jobs in the performing arts.  Set up a free job seeker account and search today!

The Music Teachers National Association

The Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) offers numerous composition, performance, and chamber music competitions, with age requirements ranging from elementary school through adult. Entrants must study with a MTNA member teacher or pay a non-member fee, as well as be a US citizen or hold a US Visa or resident card.