Herb Pomeroy Jazz Composition/Arranging Contest

The 2018 Herb Pomeroy Jazz Composition/Arranging Contest is a competition open to high school students enrolled in grades 9–12. It is sponsored by Berklee College of Music, the Jazz Composition Department, and the Professional Writing Division.

To enter this contest, applicants must submit either one original composition or one arrangement of an existing tune that is scored for four trumpets, four trombones (the fourth should be bass trombone), five saxophones (AATTB, no doubles), guitar, piano, bass, and drums. A vocal part may be included, but vocal scores must contain a solid section for the band.

The application form on this page, one score and a set of parts, and an audio rendition (acoustic or electronic) must be received by 11:59 p.m. on January 8, 2018. The winner and honorable mentions will be announced by January 20. The winning piece will be performed by the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Greg Hopkins, at the Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival on February 10, 2018, at Boston's Hynes Convention Center.

In addition, the winner will receive a full-tuition scholarship (including the comprehensive and registration fees) to the Berklee Five-Week Summer Performance Program. The second place winner will receive a $2,000 partial-tuition scholarship to the Five-Week Summer Performance Program, and the third place winner will receive a $1,500 partial scholarship to the Five-Week Summer Performance Program. All winners will have until March 1, 2018, to accept their scholarships to the Five-Week Summer Performance Program. If you choose not to accept the scholarship, it will not affect your standing as a winner in the contest.

Send an mp3 of your piece to pomeroycontest@berklee.edu in addition to links provided on this form; in the subject of your email, state your name and the name of your piece. Any questions should be directed to pomeroycontest@berklee.edu 

For a printable version of the complete contest rules and details, use this PDF.

The 2018 Herb Pomeroy Jazz Guidelines.pdf

applicant's grade as of January 2017
List only one instrument.
I hereby certify that I am eligible to enter this contest and accept all printed conditions and guidelines.
I hereby acknowledge that I give permission for my child to participate in this competition and understand the rules, guidelines, terms, and conditions.