The Music Department at McMurry University is dedicated to being on the forefront of musical innovation and supporting the development of new repertoire by established and emerging composers. The McMurry New Music Project seeks to engage the worldwide musical community in premiering new works and promoting projects to be added to the active repertoire. The McMurry New Music Project will actively promote the winning composers via the competition website and will include a link to the composer’s personal website. Utilization of social media resources will include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube with details about the winning submissions and professional quality recordings of winning works. All selected winning compositions will be professionally recorded in separate studio sessions with mastered recordings being released on Spotify and YouTube.

2023 Information

Date: TBA 

Entries are to include the following:

  • Full Score (PDF format)
  • Individual Parts (PDF format)
  • Sound File (MIDI preferred)
  • Composer Bio
  • Description of Composition

Please submit all materials to newmusic@mcm.edu. Confirmation of materials received will be sent within 72 hours of composer submission. Only complete submissions will be evaluated.

New Music Scherr

Featured Composer

Bernard Scherr, PhD

Bernard Scherr’s catalog includes over 130 works for orchestra, orchestra and chorus, orchestra and soloist, solo voice, chorus, concert band, and various chamber ensembles. His orchestral works have been performed in California, Texas, and Europe, and he has received numerous commissions from professional and university ensembles. His chamber music has been performed across the US and abroad. His music and professional activities have been recognized in Boston, California, Pennsylvania, Oregon, and Texas. He has presented research papers or presentations of his music in Portugal, Alabama, California, Oregon, Texas, and Washington State. He teaches music theory and composition at Hardin-Simmons University and McMurry University. He is the co-owner of B&D Music Services, LLC, providing streaming and recording services for art music events. He holds multiple certifications in Pro Tools and Dante. He earned a BA and MFA in music from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in music from the University of Oregon.

Previous Winners

Category I - Solo Trumpet with Piano Accompaniment

Something Unsettled
Allen Molineux

Category II – Solo Mallet Keyboard with Piano Accompaniment

3′ 44″
Nik Bizzell-Browning

Category III – Solo Flute with Piano Accompaniment

Kari Medina

Category IV – Solo Oboe with Piano Accompaniment

Pobres flores mortas
Ivan Lyran

Category V – Solo Voice (soprano) with Piano Accompaniment

Cabaret Songs
Giorgio Spagnoli

Category VI –Chamber Work for Flute, Oboe, Trumpet, Percussion, and Piano with optional Voice (soprano)

Legong Variations
Randall Snyder

Category I – Unaccompanied Trumpet

Robert Coe

Category II – Mallet Keyboard Solo

José Alejandro García

Category III – Multi Percussion Solo

Composition for Nine Sounds 
Gilberto dos Santos Agostinho Filho

Category IV – Trumpet/Percussion Duo

Sy Brandon