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Attendance at the Composition Masterclass is included in the general conference registration.

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2020 Program

Guest Adjudicator and Clinician

Dr. Alan Shockley

A dedicated scholar and educator, Alan Shockley is currently the Director of Composition and Theory and Professor in the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach.  His in-depth study of nontraditional techniques for piano, The Contemporary Piano: A Performer and Composer’s Guide to Techniques and Resources was released by Rowman & Littlefield as part of their New Instrumentation Series in June 2018.

Raised in Warm Springs, Georgia (population < 475), Alan Shockley holds degrees in composition and theory from the University of Georgia (B. Mus.), and advanced degrees in composition from The Ohio State University (M.M.) and Princeton University (M.F.A., Ph.D.). Currently his compositional preoccupations include the ineradicable memory of early music, frustrated grooves, and experiments with form. Shockley has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Centro Studi Ligure, and the Virginia Center for the Arts, and has received grants from the American Music Center, and the Mellon and Heinz Foundations. His works have been performed at the International Society of Bassists Convention, the Heartland (Wisconsin), Spark (Minneapolis), U3 (Pittsburgh), and Frontiera (Pisa) festivals, and at the American Academy in Rome, the University of Cape Town, the LACMA, Merkin Hall, and other venues around the globe. His electronic works have been installed in Jack Straw Studio’s New Media Gallery (Seattle), Minneapolis’ Weisman Art Museum (for a Bob Dylan exhibition), and in VertexList Gallery (Brooklyn).

In 2005 the California EAR Unit premiered his candlepin bowling deadwood, and the Kiev Philharmonic recorded his the night copies me in all its stars for an ERM Media CD. His works can also be found on Wergo, Princeton Alumni Council, Jack Straw Studios, and Bohn Media recordings. Recent commissions include Nothing hidden that will not be revealed for pianist Vicki Ray, pipers’ noise for snare drum(s) and tape for the 10th anniversary of the UGA Performing Arts Center, and a work for four electric guitars for a University of Virginia ensemble.

Criteria and Awards

  • Any currently enrolled California Community College music student is eligible, unless the student has previously won first place in the MACCC Composition Competition
  • Compositions entered may be of any style or genre. 
  • Scoring should be for 1-7 performers in any combination of instruments or voices. 
  • Length: 8 minutes maximum 
  • Composition must have been completed between the start of the Fall of 2019 semester and the August 31, 2020 submission deadline. Composition must be notated. 
  • An active member of MACCC must approve the contest entry form. 
  • Each composition requires a $20 entry fee. 
  • If a winning composition includes MIDI or other electronic media, winner must provide a CD or digital recording for performance. 
  • Registration fees for the conference are the responsibility of the winner.
  • $200, First Place; $100, Second Place

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