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 Berkeley Symphony EarShot Under Construction
Summary:Call for orchestral scores
Deadline: 30 August 2013
Date Posted: 17 August 2013
Details: Berkeley Symphony, Joana Carneiro, music director, in cooperation with EarShot, is pleased to invite applications for the 2014 Under Construction Reading Series. Three emerging composers will be selected to participate from a national candidate pool. Each will compose a new 10-minute work for orchestra, and have the opportunity to have the new piece workshopped, rehearsed and read by Berkeley Symphony, in two reading sessions on February 2 and May 4, 2014.

Composers will receive artistic and career guidance from the Symphony artistic staff, orchestra musicians, and renowned mentor-composers Edmund Campion and Robert Beaser, to further develop professional skills. Composers selected will be responsible for delivering score and parts and attending both session dates with the Berkeley Symphony. Composers will receive a recording of their work for archival and study purposes. Travel and accommodations will be provided.

Applications and submitted works for the Berkeley Symphony Readings are due by August 30, 2013.

Hailed as “the Bay Area’s most adventurous orchestra” by the Contra Costa Times, Berkeley Symphony has established a reputation for presenting major new works for orchestra alongside fresh interpretations of the classical European repertoire. It has been recognized with an Adventurous Programming Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in eight of the past ten seasons.


Applicants must be either a U.S. citizen or non-citizen lawfully and permanently residing, or studying full-time, in the United States. There are no other geographic restrictions; however, San Francisco Bay area composers are encouraged to apply.

There are no age restrictions; however, applicants should be composers at the early stages of their professional careers. Composers must not have had a work performed (other than a reading) by a Bay Area professional orchestra, nor have had a substantial history of works performed by professional orchestras at large.

Submissions may be considered for other eligible EarShot activities during the 2013-14 season if indicated on the application form.

The quality of the score submitted is the primary evaluation criterion. It is therefore in the applicant's best interest that the score be clear, accurate, and the best representation of the composer's work. The additional background and educational information is for eligibility and documentation purposes; these materials are not considered in the general review of scores.

Emerging American composers who have applied previously for an EarShot Reading are eligible and must submit a new and complete application, including score and all required background information.

Incomplete, illegible, or late applications will not be considered.