Registration for Cycle Five of Rapido! Composition Contest Now Open!

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The Rapido!® National Composition Contest Announces Take Five!! Cycle
National Contest Accepting Submissions of New, Rapidly Composed Works

For Immediate Release

April 13, 2018 – The next cycle of the Rapido!® 14-Day National Composition Contest will begin this spring. Founded in 2009 by the Atlanta Chamber Players and the Antinori Foundation to discover outstanding new chamber music works written in 14 days, and to enhance the careers of undiscovered, or under-recognized, American composers.

The fifth cycle of the competition begins this year and includes prizes worth over $20,000! Four acclaimed chamber music ensembles are participating, representing all corners of the country. Open to all U.S. residents, the Rapido! competition challenges composers to write a new work in just 14 days!

On April 23, composers in all 50 states will be able to register for the contest online. The first 100 composers who sign up in each region are eligible to compete for the Grand Prize. Each partner ensemble will host a Regional Semi-Final Concert in the fall of 2018 to select one Regional Finalist, and an independent set of judges will select a fifth finalist to be chosen amongst the second-place finishers. All 5 Finalists will travel to Atlanta for the National Finals concert on January 20, 2019.

The Grand Prize winner will receive $7,500 to expand his/her short work into a piece for performance by all four ensembles in 2019-2020 season and compose a new orchestral work to be performed by the Grammy-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. In addition, the winner receives a 2-week residency at the scenic Hambidge Center for Creative Arts in north Georgia.

Regions and participating ensembles include Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings (northwest region, Detroit, MI), Boston Musica Viva (northeast region, Boston, MA), Atlanta Chamber Players (southeast region, Atlanta, GA), Voices of Change (southwest region, Dallas, TX).

Rapido! has achieved remarkable success over its four cycles to date, distributing many thousands of dollars in prize money and furthering the careers of numerous underrepresented and deserving classical composers.

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Media Contacts:

         Elizabeth Pridgen, ACP Artistic Director
         Vanya Foote, ACP Executive Director

About Rapido!® 14-Day National Composition Contest:

The Atlanta Chamber Players (ACP) founded - with the Antinori Foundation - and nationally directs the 50-state Rapido! Composition Project, which has yielded 1000+ new chamber works to date through four cycles of competition. For more information, visit