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introduction, Rules, and Guidelines


A Little About New Horizons International Music Association (NHIMA)

New Horizons Music programs provide entry points to music making for adults, including those with no musical experience at all and those who were active in school music programs but have been inactive for a long period. Many adults would like the opportunity to learn to play music in a group setting similar to that offered in schools. New Horizons Music programs provide music instruction at all levels from beginner to advanced.

We Invite You To Participate
We are inviting composers (professionals, amateurs, and students )  to submit original compositions that reflect the positive energy and joy of life-long music making, which is our  mission!
Two categories for entry: Concert Band, Orchestra/String Orchestra


Prizes:$1000usd prize for each of the winners and consideration for publication by Excelcia Music
Adjudication: The winning compositions will be selected by renowned and respected American composer, arranger, conductor Sean O'Loughlin
The winning compositions will be premiered with a performance at a NHIMA camp in Mt. Tremblant, Canada set for September 2021.
Submissions will only be accepted March 1 to May 31, 2021.
and must be emailed to Edie Shillitoe, Committee Chair 
[email protected]
(Questions may also be submitted to Edie Shilitoe at the above address)
Your entry email must include:
1) Your full contact information (Name, Address, phone, and prefered email)
2) A cover letter introducing yourself and a little about your submission
3) have attached the full score in PDF format
4) have attached an MP3 recording of the piece (live or computer/software generated are both acceptable)

To ensure a successful entry, we have provided guidelines and rules for each catagory:


**All entrants will receive a formal letter of appreciation at the end of the contest acknowledging your participation and the outcome of the contest (we are hoping by mid-summer).