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The Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation's 35th Annual Meeting in 2003

Calling All Musicians-- Composers' Competition Is Announced

The Philadelphia Chapter of the Foundation is pleased to announce a Composers' Competition in connection with the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia in August of 2003.

This meeting will open the bicentennial commemoration of Lewis and Clark's Journey of Discovery. The journey began with the arrival of Lewis in Philadelphia in the spring of 1803. Lewis came to Philadelphia to learn from a number of mentors in the fields of celestial navigation, medicine.paleontology, and botany and to gather supplies from the merchants of the city.

The composition should reflect the City of Philadelphia in the early 19th century as a diverse and energetic city. Relating to the music of the early 19th century, American composers or folk traditions would be appropriate. The composition should be between 10 and 15 minutes in length. The instrumentation should be for chamber orchestra (6-8 violins, 2 viols, 3-4 celli, 1 bass). Standard small numbers of winds may be used as needed. (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, percussion.)

The composition will be judged by Gary White, Director of Instrumental Music at Germantown Friends School and Director of the Philadelphia Sinfonia Youth Orchestra. The winner of the competition will receive an award of $1000 and a certificate of merit, presented at the concert performance.

The winning composition will be performed by a chamber group from the Philadelphia Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra on Wednesday, August 13, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lowes Hotel in historic Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra is drawn from members of the Philadelphia Sinfonia Youth Orchestra. This talented group of 75 high school to college age musicians travel from all over the Tri State area. Recent performances have included concert tours of Italy, England and the Netherlands, performances with renowned soprano Julianne Baird and the 2002 July 4th Liberty Medal celebration honoring Colin Powell.

The composer will need to submit two scores and a cassette tape, CD or Midi recording. The quality of the recording and performance are not critical. Tapes are used only as a guide. Scores and tapes will not be returned unless specifically requested (Please include a self-addressed envelope sized to hold the items requested.)

Compositions are to be submitted by March 31, 2003. Submitted compositions must be unpublished, must not have been previously performed in public and also not awarded a prize in any other competition.

Questions are welcome and should be directed to Katy Hineline at 215-848-0892 or by e-mail at

Scores to be sent to
2003 L&C Composers Competition
3020 Midvale Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19129

Updated October 29, 2002