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 San Francisco Contemporary Music Players
Summary:Trio call for scores
Deadline: 30 November 2018
Date Posted: 29 August 2018
Details: San Francisco Contemporary Music Players announces
SF Search for Scores, 2018-19
a SFCMP education program

The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (SFCMP) and Eric Dudley, Artistic Director, are pleased to invite applications for the annual SF Search for Scores. Composers under 30 in the San Francisco Bay Area and, for the first time, nationwide, are invited to submit a piece for inclusion on our ‘at the CROSSROADS’ series concert at SFJAZZ in May 2019, on a program featuring the music of Julius Eastman and Bay Area composer, improviser, and pianist Myra Melford. There is a nominal application fee of $10 for processing, and the three winning composers will receive a rehearsal, score reading and feedback session, a public performance, and an archival recording. In addition the winning composers will receive a $500 stipend. In this year’s search, composers are invited and encouraged to consider the life and legacy of Julius Eastman as inspiration behind the submitted work.

To apply, each composer is asked to submit a score between five and seven minutes in length for the following three instruments: flute, cello, and percussion (*see score criteria requirements).

The selected three composers have the opportunity to participate in a private reading session and panel on Friday May 10, 2019 from 2:15 – 3:45 pm at SFJazz. At this session, each composer’s piece will be read by the ensemble, with feedback following from the musicians, Artistic Director Eric Dudley, and Bay Area composer, Michael Gilbertson. The winning works will be performed on the evening of Saturday, May 11 at 7:30pm, as part ofSFCMP’s subscription-series concert at SFJazz in San Francisco. Winning applicants living in the San Francisco Bay Area will be required to attend these events; winners outside of the region are not required, though strongly encouraged to attend.

A pioneering figure in contemporary music in the latter-half of the twentieth century, Julius Eastman was a pianist, vocalist, and composer whose rhythmically and emotionally-charged music has often been seen as a prototype for Minimalism. From his time as a member of the S.E.M. Ensemble at the University of Buffalo, giving acclaimed and controversial performances of works by Peter Maxwell Davies and John Cage, to his time in New York City, collaborating with artists such as Lukas Foss and Meredith Monk, Eastman’s music has always engaged with styles across genres and disciplines.

Applicants enter the contest by submitting a completed score and parts along with a written narrative about the motivation behind the music and its connection to composer Julius Eastman, if any. Above all, the judges for this year’s search are looking for work with a unique contemporary musical voice that represents the adventurous and questioning spirit embodied by a figure like Julius Eastman.

• The score must be original.
• The score must be no longer than 7 minutes and no less than 5 minutes.
• The score submitted will be the score performed by the Players; no revisions will be permissible after the submission date.
• The score must be arranged for flute, cello, and percussion. Standard instrumental doublings are acceptable e.g. piccolo, alto flute. Percussion requirements: mallet instruments may include vibraphone or glockenspiel, basic drum resources (snare, kick, toms, field, brake, small or medium bass drum, etc), cymbals, small gongs, small handhelds, etc. No large instruments such as orchestra chimes, thundersheet, tam-tam, wind machine, or other keyboard instruments.

1. Those who are under the age of 30 before the performance date of May 11, 2019.
2. Any composers with a permanent address in the United States of America.
3. For applicants living in the San Francisco Bay Area, if selected, you must be present at the reading session on May 10, 2019 at 2:15pm and at the concert on Saturday, May 11 at 7:30pm at SFJazz in San Francisco. Non-Bay Area applicants are not required to attend although strongly encouraged to attend. The San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA or Sacramento-Roseville Combined Statistical Areas is defined here.

November 30, 2018 at midnight, PST. Winners will be notified by late December, 2018.

The application will ask for links to the items in the list below. To create the links, we recommend using Google Drive, Dropbox, or any secure file-sharing platform.

Please have these items ready before clicking apply below.
1. Electronically-notated conductor’s score and parts with industry-standard notation (PDF format)
2. Narrative describing the piece, and if applicable, the influence of Julius Eastman on the submitted work (max 1 page, min 200 words) (PDF format)
3. Audio file, if available (link to MP3 or hosted audio file)
4. One high-resolution image (does not have to be a formal headshot, but does have to be high resolution, min 72dpi) (JPG format)
5. Composer bio (max 200 words)