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9th Annual SJO George Duke Commissioning Prize Competition

Applications Open June 17, 2024

9th Annual SJO George Duke Commissioning Prize Competition
9th Annual SJO George Duke Commissioning Prize Competition

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Jun 17, 2024, 12:00 PM PDT – Aug 15, 2024, 12:00 AM PDT

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About the event

The Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, led by Music Director and SJO Founder Mitch Glickman is pleased to announce the 9th Annual George Duke Commissioning Prize Competition. The competition honors the legacy of the late legendary keyboardist, composer and producer – and former Symphonic Jazz Orchestra (SJO) Co-Music Director, George Duke who passed in 2013.

The George Duke Commissioning Prize Competition is open to all composers, with a submission deadline of Aug. 15, 2024. The SJO Music Advisory Board, whose members include some of the jazz worlds most honored musicians, will select the winning composer whose work will be premiered in concert by the SJO and entered into the catalog of symphonic jazz commissions. Past winners include Alan Chan, Scott Routenberg, G. Patrick Gandy, Daniel Szabo, Remy Le Boeuf, Jihye Lee, Christopher Zuar, and Ryan Cohan.

Mitch Glickman, SJO Music Director and Founder stated: “We are excited to continue the competition and select a new composer to commission in George Duke’s honor. George embodied our mission, and this is always a special way to honor his legacy.”

Created in 2002, the 68-member SJO is unique hybrid ensemble dedicated to blending the worlds of jazz and classical music through its commissioning, performing and educational programs. The ensemble has performed throughout Southern California with leading guest artists including Dave Grusin, Christian McBride, Raul Midon, Lee Ritenour, Luciana Souza, The Yellowjackets, Chris Brubeck, Miguel Zenon, Keyon Harrold, and George Duke.

To apply for the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra’s George Duke Commissioning Prize, please visit

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