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Summary:Chamber Call for Scores
Deadline: 15 September 2017
Date Posted: 12 July 2017
Details: ShoutHouse is excited to announce their third annual call for scores! One winning composer will receive a cash award and a performance of their work during ShoutHouse's 2017-18 season in New York City. Up to two additional composers may be selected for honorable mentions, and their work will also be programmed during the upcoming season. Winning composers are NOT required to attend the performance (although we hope that they will), but are asked to communicate with ShoutHouse during the rehearsal process.


Any composer, regardless of age or nationality, may submit their work (past winners are not eligible to enter again). While ShoutHouse often performs music that is influenced by genres beyond classical concert music, submissions of all types will be considered.


ShoutHouse's core instrumentation is Flute [picc/alto], Clarinet [bass clarinet], Piano, 2 Percussion, Electric Guitar, 2 Violins, Viola, Cello, Bass, Soprano Voice, and MC (rapper). Submissions for any subset of this instrumentation will be accepted, but preference will be given to pieces for 5+ performers. Scores involving 1-2 additional instruments will be considered. Works involving electronics and/or amplification are acceptable.


1) Send an email to with the following information:

a) The score of the piece you wish to submit, attached as a PDF file.
b) YouTube/Soundcloud link (preferred), or attached mp3 recording
c) Composer contact information, including phone number, email address, and website (if applicable).

2) Pay the $10 fee by clicking the "Donate" link below. Your application will not be considered until the $10 fee has been paid.


A group of ShoutHouse musicians will personally listen to and look at every piece that is submitted. While we believe that this thoroughness is an important part of making a fair selection, it is a time-consuming process. The application fee will allow us to reimburse these judges for their time, so that they can pay your music the attention it deserves. A portion of the application fee proceeds will also be used to award the winning composer a modest cash prize.

 2018 USF New Music Festival & Symposium
Summary:Conference Composition Call
Deadline: 02 October 2017
Date Posted: 12 July 2017
Details: Attn: Composers and Scholars

July 7, 2017 – Tampa, FL

Email contact: Baljinder Sekhon,


This spring, the University of South Florida School of Music will be holding an international new-music festival and symposium. The festival will be held April 6-7, 2018 at the University of South Florida’s campus in Tampa, Florida and will consist of four concerts and four lecture sessions. 20-25 composers will be selected to have performances of their compositions at the festival, and 12-16 scholars will be selected to present a paper/presentation on any topic related to contemporary music. The festival concerts will feature guest chamber ensemble Strings and Hammers, guest guitarist Dieter Hennings, guest saxophonist Doug O’Connor, guest vocalist Thea Lobo, and the final concert will feature the acclaimed McCormick Percussion Group and the world premiere of a new concerto for piano and percussion ensemble by guest composer David Liptak.

Participant Eligibility:

1. Composers and scholars of any nationality and age are encouraged to apply.

2. Selected participants are required to attend the festival. However, the USF School of Music cannot provide any travel or lodging funding for selected participants.*

3. If selected, a registration fee of $60 will be due by December 4, 2017 to secure participation in the festival.

4. Students currently enrolled at the University of South Florida are not eligible.

5. A maximum of three USF alumni will be selected for the festival: one in each category of acoustic composition, electronic composition, and paper/presentation.

6. Requirements and submission procedures for each category (composition and papers/presentations) are outlined below.

Composition Eligibility:

- All submissions should be between 5-15 minutes in duration.
- Works composed after 2012 are eligible.
- Works integrating video are acceptable for any category.
- Previously performed compositions are eligible.
- Works of any style, aesthetic, and notation will be accepted.
- There is no entry fee to submit a work for consideration.
- Composers may provide their own performers or submit to one of the categories below.
- Selected composers are expected to register and attend the entire symposium.

The following submission categories are possible:

1. Strings and Hammers (or any subset) – Piano, Violin, Doublebass
(guest ensemble)

2. Percussion Ensemble (maximum of 15 players) – McCormick Percussion Group
(featured USF ensemble, produced by Robert McCormick)

3. Mezzo-soprano voice and Piano – Songeaters
(guest vocalist Thea Lobo and pianist Eunmi Ko)

4. Solo Saxophone (alto or soprano) with piano or fixed media accompaniment
(guest saxophonist Douglas O’Connor)

5. Mixed Chamber ensemble works requiring 2-10 players.*
(produced by the New-Music Consortium)

6. Works for solo instrument or voice.
(produced by the New-Music Consortium)

7. Works for 1-5 performers with fixed or live electronics (1-5 channels).
(produced by USF’s SYCOM)

8. Works for electronic playback only (1-5 channels).
(produced by USF’s SYCOM)

9. Trumpet Ensemble (3-6 players; Bb, C, Eb Trumpets, Bb cornets, flugelhorns, and piccolo trumpets are available).
(produced by Jay Coble, Professor of Trumpet)

10. Trombone Octet (6 tenor, 2 bass – or subset)
(produced by Tom Brantley, Professor of Trombone)

11. Flute Ensemble (up to 8 players, no Contrabass Flute available)
(produced by Kim McCormick, Associate Professor of Flute)

12. Clarinet Quartet/Choir (any combination of clarinets)
(produced by Brian Moorhead, Associate Professor of Clarinet)

*Chamber Ensemble Instrumentation (category 5): The instrumentation may be a subset of the following (if the NMC is to provide the performers):

(2) Flutes/Piccolos
(2) Oboe/English Horn
(2) Clarinets (Bb, Eb, or Bass Clarinet)
(2) Bassoon/Contrabassoon
(2) Saxes (Alto, Tenor, and Bari)
(2) Horn
(2) Trumpets
(2) Trombones
(1) Bass Trombone
(1) Tuba
(2) Percussion
(1) Piano
(2) Violins
(1) Viola
(1) Cello
(1) Double Bass
(1) Soprano Voice
(1) Mezzo Soprano Voice
(1) Tenor Voice

If the composer intends to supply his/her own performers, the composer must indicate so on the submission form. If this is the case, the composer may utilize any instrumentation and any amount of players. *
* If a composer would like to provide his/her own percussionist(s) but utilize the percussion instruments available at USF, please provide a clear list of required percussion instruments with the submission.

Composition Submission Guidelines:

- Submissions will only be accepted online. No hard copy submissions will be accepted.
- Submission Deadline: October 2, 2017
- Each composer may submit 1 work.
- Submissions should include links to a legible score (unless irrelevant) and recording.
- Recordings are encouraged but not required.
- Scores and recordings should be uploaded to an online file sharing service and remain available until November 14, 2017. The recording link can also be hosted on YouTube, SoundCloud, or a similar streaming service.
- Submissions should include brief program notes.
- Submissions should include a brief biography (100 words maximum).
- Submissions including electronics must include a complete list of technical needs (and if necessary, a routing diagram).


For additional information, please email Dr. Baljinder Sekhon:

Selected composers will be informed no later than November 14, 2017.
The festival registration fee of $60.00 is due by December 4, 2017.


Summary:Ongoing Chamber Call
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 04 December 2014
Details: rarescale has an ongoing call for scores and are interested in hearing from composers of all ages and nationalities. We are seeking quality chamber works for any combination of the following instruments:

flute/alto flute/bass flute (Kingma System)
oboe/cor anglais
clarinet/bass clarinet

Please note that due to the high volume of works received we are unable to perform all the works sent to us, but we will keep details of all submissions in our database for future performance opportunities.

Please send scores and all performance materials as PDF or Sibelius 6 files to Recordings are preferable but not essential, and please bear in mind rarescale's charitable remit to promote the alto and bass flute.
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