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5th Annual Jazz Composition Contest for Women Composers!



Roots and Rhyzomes by Christina Fuchs
Christina Fuchs

Christina Fuchs is a German saxophonist, clarinetist, conductor and composer.

During the past 25 years saxophonist Christina Fuchs has developed an instantly recognizable sound and a unique language as a composer. Fuchs' work includes traditional concerts as well as collaborations with other art forms, such as dance, visual arts, literature, spoken word, movies, and theatre. What is common to all of these settings is Fuchs' emphasis on blending written and improvised music.

Christina's originality has been felt in just about every corner of the German and international jazz scene, including concerts, radio broadcasts and TV productions. Fuchs has received awards and scholarships at NAIRS -Centre for Contemporary Art, Switzerland 2016, 1st Price International Composition Award ‘Scrivere in Jazz’, Sarrari/Italy 2016, WDR/Cologne Jazz Price for Composition/WDR Radio Big Band commission Germany2014, Banff Centre of the Arts/Leighton-Artists-Colony/Canada 2014, Künstlerhaus Ahrenshoop/Germany 2007, NDR Radio Big Band commission/Germany 2005, Nairs/Art in Engadina Bassa/Switzerland 2004, Art Omi Music Program NY 2003, Julius Hemphill Composition Awards for Large Ensemble U.S.A. 2002, Jazz a r t -New Music in the 21st century- composition award NRW/Germany 2001, BMI composers program NYC with Jim McNeely, Maria Schneider and Michael Abene 1999/2000, Banff Centre of the Arts/Canada 1997/98.

She was a founder and co-leader of the United Women's Orchestra in Germany.

Her bands/projects include Duo Kontrasax, Christina Fuchs Quartett ‘No Tango’, NoTango&Strings, Soundscapes Orchestra, Lagash, Blue Art Orchestra, Soundscapes of Home, and DoubleXXSaxQuartet. Learn more

Honorable Mention

After Hours by Stephanie Urquhart


Stephanie Urquhart is a Canadian jazz pianist and composer based in Edmonton, Alberta. She graduated from MacEwan University with a Bachelors of Music majoring in Composition in 2015, and has since become an active performer and composer in Edmonton.

She has been featured at numerous venues and festivals such as the TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival and the Yardbird Suite jazz club.

Stephanie started gaining international recognition when she was selected to present her music at the 2017 International Jazz Composers' Symposium in Tampa, Florida. Learn more


Entries will be accepted from women only.

All entries for the 2017 contest must be a drum feature.

The winning and honorable mention compositions will be performed and recorded live by the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra with special guest Sherrie Maricle as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle.

The winner of the contest will receive a $400 honorarium, an audio recording of her composition performed live, and the winning piece will be published by SWOJO or their designated publisher.

Honorable Mention will receive a $100 honorarium and an audio recording of her composition performed live.

The contest was created to encourage the composition and performance of the highest possible quality jazz ensemble literature playable by high school, college and professional bands alike.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Washington Arts Commission, 4 Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, and The Seattle Foundation.

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