Composition Competition Details

Official document of the Composition Competition, here

What: Compose a piece for the Third Degree to be premiered live at the 2018 NCD Convention Ritual. I hope that in the future, we can create a three-piece movement for the entire Ritual, but I want to focus all energies on the Third Degree for now. This piece can include all band instruments and voices as well. For more detailed information of the required instrumentation, please refer to the official document above 

• You must submit a document of the score and an audio submission of the piece (live recording preferred, MIDI file is ok). An audio recording or a word document of you explaining your piece to us is highly encouraged but optional! 

Who: All Actives of the North Central District in good standing are eligible to participate in this competition (including conditional members) and all Active Alumni in the KKPsi Alumni Association will also be eligible to participate as well as long as you were initiated from a chapter in the NCD.

You do not have to submit a piece by yourself, you can work in a team!

When: All submissions will be due February 5th, 2018 11:59 pm CST via email.

Contact Viet Nguyen

Now before you begin creating your piece, you must contact Viet Nguyen. This way, you can get an in person conversation to what the panel of judges are looking for, go over the sensitive details of our ritual, and so we can go over the competition more in detail. His contact information is below:

Viet Nguyen

Email: [email protected]

Skype: Vpride111

Twitter: @NCDVPMem

Facebook: Viet Nguyen

Required Instrumentation

While these are the required minimum, chapters should still be able to double up on parts if there’s large participation for the ritual band. The intention is for a small band – medium sized band. All instruments surrounded by [ ] are optional.

Flute 1

[Flute 2]

Clarinet Bb 1

Clarinet Bb 2

[Clarinet Bb 3 and/or 4]


Alto Saxophone 1

[Alto Saxophone 2]

Tenor Saxophone

[Baritone Saxophone]


[Voice – All Optional]

Trumpet Bb 1

Trumpet Bb 2

[Trumpet Bb 3 and/or 4]

F Horn 1

Trombone 1

[Trombone 2 or Bass Trombone]

Euphonium (Bass & Treble Clef)



[Percussion – All Optional]

[Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Cymbals – Crash & Suspended])

[Mallet Percussion (Bells, Xylophone, Marimba, Vibraphone)]



Any other instrument not listed above as required or optional can also be incorporated! Any extra instrumentation on top of the required list can count for or against you.

Panel of Judges

Viet Nguyen
Competition Moderator
North Central District Vice President for Membership
Dr. Ishbah Cox
Competition Advisor
Past NCD Governor
Dr. Christine Beason
Past National President and Past NCD Governor
Dr. Nicholas Bratcher
National Vice President for Programs
Dr. Douglas Stotter
National Vice President for Professional Relations
Evan Thompson
National President

& your 2017-2018 NCD Council will be in attendance as well

Thank You

Thank you all so much for taking the time to learn more about this competition. Not only is Viet excited, the rest of the district council, many other district leaders, but also many national leaders are as well. This is a pilot program for the NCD. We would love to hear any type of feedback, comments, or anything else as well! We can't wait to see where this takes our district musically. The district council would like to wish you all the best and we can't wait to hear what you all have in store for us!