Composition Contest

In the spirit of creativity and honoring our jazz legacy, Essentially Ellington seeks to encourage young musicians to compose and arrange by offering the Essentially Ellington Student Composition/Arranging Contest. Submissions will be critiqued by composer, arranger, and JLCO saxophonist, Ted Nash and the winning selection will be announced along with the Essentially Ellington Competition & Festival finalist bands on February 12, 2020.

The winner will have his or her composition recorded by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) at their annual Essentially Ellington recording session. In addition, the winning composer will receive a $1,000 cash prize, a composition lesson with Ted Nash, and a trip to New York City to observe the JLCO recording session on May 6, and the Essentially Ellington Competition & Festival, May 7-9, 2020.

For parameters around submitting a chart, click HERE.

To complete an application and submit a chart and recording, please click HERE and select “Student Composition Contest” from the drop-down menu on the left.