David R. Davidson Composition Contest 2023

What's happening?

Handbell Musicians of America announces the David R. Davidson Composition Contest, in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Distinctly Bronze. The David R. Davidson Composition Fund was created in October 2009 to encourage the creation of original works for advanced handbell ensembles. Works selected for awards from this fund illustrate the high musical standards embodied by Maestro David Davidson.

Compositions will be judged by an anonymous committee appointed by the executive director. The winning composition will be published by AGEHR Publishing, Inc., and performed at Distinctly Bronze East in New Bern, North Carolina on March 3, 2024. The composer of the winning composition will receive a cash prize of $1,500, transportation to New Bern, NC, and two nights lodging during Distinctly Bronze East, so they may be present for the first performance of the piece.

How to get involved

Deadline was August 1st, 2023, 5pm EST


Handbell Musicians of America reserves first performance rights in New Bern, North Carolina, in March 2024. The winning composition may not be performed in any service, concert, or festival prior to this time except for the composer’s personal use with their own bell choir.

Submission Instructions

Compositions to be sent via email to Handbell Musicians of America executive director, Linda Onorevole, no later than 5:00 PM eastern daylight time Standard Time on August 1, 2023.

Entries must include the following (in separate attachments or in a zip file):