ITEA Winston Morris Award for Tuba Ensemble Composition

The Morris Award was established in 2016 by R. Winston Morris in celebration of his 50th anniversary as professor of tuba at Tennessee Tech University to foster, encourage, and recognize excellence in the field of composition. This award will recognize the very best composers who have produced works of the highest distinction and is indeed given to those whose work illustrates the highest level of artistry, regardless of popularity or other factors.


  • Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble (4 or more parts): any combination of euphoniums AND tubas consisting of four or more parts with or without percussion.
  • Open to any original composition for tuba/euphonium ensemble of four or more parts that was completed between April 1, 2021 and February 1, 2023.
  • Finalists will be notified in the spring of 2023.
  • Three finalists and one winner will be announced during the 2023 International Tuba Euphonium Conference (May 29 - June 2, 2021).
  • ITEA Board and Staff are not eligible to apply for or receive this award.
  • The adjudication panel reserves the right to not name a winner.
  • Both the nominator and the nominee must be a current ITEA member


  • ALL ENTRIES MUST BE ELECTRONICALLY SUBMITTED by February 1, 2023 11:59 PM. Submissions received after 11:59pm on February 1, 2023 will not be considered.
  • Materials will not be returned to applicant.
  • Compositions MUST be submitted in PDF format. Works may be published or non-published at time of submission. A recording (live or studio performance or MIDI realization) is encouraged to be submitted (electronically) with your submission but is not required (see additional guidelines for submitting recordings on the online application form).
  • Your composition must have a submission form.
  • Questions may be directed to the awards chair.


Funding for this award has been made available by Professor R. Winston Morris in celebration of his 50th anniversary as professor of tuba at Tennessee Tech University. The amount of the prize money will be contingent upon the amount of interest contained in the endowed amount. Anticipate $1,000. Prize Winner: $1,000