Research Competition

2020 Research Competition 

All ICA 2020 competitions will take place as scheduled. In order to accommodate the difficulties our members are currently facing and in response to the current uncertainties regarding ClarinetFest® 2020, the ICA has revised the 2020 competition guidelines. We hope that everyone will participate in the competitions as planned and the revised guidelines will assist and simplify the process.
Please note the amended guidelines as follows:
– Deadline for submissions was January 31, 2020 so all submissions have been received
– If ClarinetFest® takes place, finals will be held in Reno
– If ClarinetFest® is canceled, there will be a preliminary round using the submitted material (per usual). Finalists will be asked to submit a video recording of their presentation. Videos will be submitted as unlisted YouTube links. Also for the finals, a Zoom presentation will be scheduled for each finalist with the final round judges. Specific instructions for the finalists will be communicated directly from the coordinator.
– Two different judging panels will be used for the preliminary and final rounds

Call for Papers and Presentations
ClarinetFest® 2020
Reno/Lake Tahoe, Nevada USA

Download Announcement (pdf)

ClarinetFest® 2020 will take place in Reno/Lake Tahoe, Nevada USA, June 24-28. Artistic Director Leslie Moreau and the Artistic Leadership Team – Gerry Errante, D. Gause, Shawn Copeland, Karl Busch, and Joshua Anderson – will work hand in hand with the ICA Board of Directors and Staff to present a memorable conference at the luxurious Peppermill Reno Hotel Resort. The Association solicits proposals for presentations (such as papers or lecture-recitals) on any topic related to the clarinet. The use of live or recorded performance is acceptable; however, presentations whose sole aim is performance are discouraged. Presentations should be designed to be no more than 25 minutes in length. Those giving presentations must be ICA members and must register for the conference.

Eligibility: Presenters on the program in 2019 are ineligible for 2020. Each person is limited to one proposal. Prizes will be offered by the ICA as follows: First place paper, US $1000 and guaranteed publication in The Clarinet journal (subject to editing); and second place paper, US $500.

To submit a proposal, send the following:

1. Application fee: $35 US. Make amount payable to the “International Clarinet Association” in U.S. currency by bank check, money order, or credit card only and send to 829 Bethel Rd #216, Columbus, OH 43214, USA. If paying by credit card, please use the credit card payment form. The application fee is non-refundable.

2. An abstract (1200-1500 words) fully describing the content of the proposed paper or lecture-recital. Include a complete list of sources. The name or identification of the author must not appear on the proposal.

3. An author identification sheet containing the author’s name, address, phone numbers, email address, and title of paper. Please list all equipment needs for the proposed presentation. This sheet should also contain a biographical sketch of the author (limited to 150 words), as you would like it printed in the conference program.

The above materials must be received by January 31, 2020. Please E-mail to Joshua Gardner with the subject line “ICA Research Competition 2020.” The Abstract and Author Identification Sheet should be sent as two separate PDF files. Note that only PDF format will be accepted.

Joshua Gardner
ICA Research Presentation Committee Chair
Arizona State University
School of Music

The International Clarinet Association assumes no tax liability that competition winners may incur through receiving prize money. Individuals are responsible for investigating applicable tax laws and reporting prize winnings to requisite government agencies. In accordance with U.S. tax law, a 30% tax on the total amount of prize winnings will be withheld and submitted to the United States Internal Revenue Service if the winner is a non-U.S. resident. Prize money will be given in the form of a U.S. check or an electronic PayPal transfer. PayPal transfers must be requested prior to the final awards ceremony on the final evening of ClarinetFest®.