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CILASiM First International Composition Competition

Rules and Regulations

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  1. This competition is open to composers above the age of 21 provided they were born in Latin America. For the purposes of these rules the term “Latin America” refers to any country in South America, Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico.

  2. Composers who are affiliated with or who have works that are being considered for publication by Cayambis Music Press, any CILASiM director, officer and employee, representative or agent, including editors and adjudicators, as well as any of their immediate family members with whom they are domiciled, are not eligible to enter this competition.

  3. Composers may submit up to three original compositions as long as the submitted work has not won a prize in any other competition.

  4. Submitted works must be for wind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon), and be 13 to 16 minutes in duration. In addition, they must be digitally notated and moderately difficult to perform (approx. grade 4 on a six-point scale). Although any musical style is welcome, composers should incorporate an element(s) of national or regional identity, however they may understand these terms.

  5. Compositions must be submitted electronically as a PDF. The composer’s name and any other personally identifying mark should appear only on the first page of the manuscript (this page will be removed from the copies evaluated by the jury). If possible, include an mp3 or MIDI file.

  6. The submission period begins on the date of publication of these rules. The deadline for submission is May 29, 2020. Submissions received after that date will be disqualified.

  7. The CILASiM appointed jury of adjudicators will select up to four compositions as finalists and/or runners up. However, the jury reserves the right to declare the competition deserted if in its opinion the submitted scores are not of a sufficiently high standard.

  8. The categories of prizes (and corresponding monetary awards) will be: First Prize ($1000); Second Prize ($500); Third Prize ($250); honorable mention. The winning composers will discuss and agree to a strict deadline for the preparation and delivery of performance materials.

  9. Notwithstanding that the copyright of the work is held by the composer, the winner in every category agrees to indicate in any publication or promotion of the composition the following text:
    [Insert category, e.g., First Prize Winner] of the CILASiM First International Composition Competition.

  10. By submitting a composition, the composer grants the following rights to CILASiM:
    • The right to perform winning compositions for one year following the entry deadline.
    • The right to stream the performance online and/or subsequently post performance recordings on YouTube, SoundCloud or any other similar online platform.
    • The exclusive right to produce a studio recording of the composition for one year following the entry deadline.

  11. Application materials become the property of CILASiM and will not be returned. CILASiM will not accept any works that do not meet the guidelines outlined above, and is not responsible for any item lost or damaged while in transit. Participation in this competition implies unconditional acceptance of the terms and rules of this competition.


Photo of Miguel del Aguila
Three-time Grammy-nominated composer Miguel del Aguila (Uruguay, 1957) is one of the most highly regard composers of his generation, with over 120 works that combine drama and driving rhythm with nostalgic nods to his South American roots. Aguila has been commissioned or performed by over 100 orchestras and ensembles around the world, such as the Philharmonic Orchestra of Heidelberg, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the New Julliard Ensemble, and the Imani Winds. He is 2020 Composer-in-Residence with the Orchestra de las Américas and with the Festival Alfredo de Saint Malo.

Photo of Bruce Mahin Bruce Mahin has composed works for piano, acoustic and electronic chamber ensembles, voices, orchestra, and performers interacting in realtime with digital media. His music combines an innate lyricism with a deep interest in harmonic logic against active, often syncopated, rhythmic structures. Recent long-term collaborations with British pianist Martin Jones and Scottish Voices resulted in multiple recordings and performances in Europe as well as in the United States. Mahin’s music appears on compact discs released on the Capstone, Ravello, and PnOVA Recordings labels.

Photo of Alexandre Travassos Alexandre Travassos is a Brazilian composer and clarinetist born in 1970 in Rio de Janeiro. He studied composition with Aylton Escobar, Douglas Seville, Carla Rees and Patrick Standford. His catalog includes works for small and large ensembles, such as his clarinet quartet, Legend of the Dry Body, as well as Rapsódia Sefaradi for concert band, and Aurora Australis for orchestra. Travassos has won prizes both in Brazil and abroad, such as the Penfield Music Commission Project (USA, 2001)and the Third Guerra-Peixe Composition Prize for Orchestra (Brazil, 2001).

Photo of Adriana Verdié Adriana Verdié holds a Ph.D. in composition from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1997 she received a Masters degree in composition summa cum laude from California State University Long Beach (CSULB) and holds degrees in choral conducting and music education form the University of Cuyo, Argentina. Since 2003 she has been a member of the theory and composition faculty at CSULB. Dr. Verdié has received numerous commission to write orchestral, chamber and solo pieces, and her music has received honors and awards in the U.S., Canada, and Argentina.


The four winning compositions (first place, second place, third place and honorable mention) will be performed by the Gallery Winds on a gala concert at Radford University’s Covington Center in Radford, Virginia, on October 25, 2020.

Gallery Winds

And, the composers of the winning compositions may be offered a publishing contract with Cayambis Music Press.

Application Form

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Send your application materials to: competition@cilasim.org

The Cayambis Institute for Latin American Studies in Music (CILASiM) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, EIN 84-272763.