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NANOWorks Opera 2019 Call for Scores

 NANOWorks Opera 2019 Call for Scores
Summary:Opera competition
Deadline: 01 November 2018
Date Posted: 04 October 2018
Details: We are calling young composers to submit 20-30 minute chamber operas with 1-6 singers and 1-6 instrumentalists. Three composers will be invited to participate in the 2019 Festival in Atlanta, GA, where their operas will be performed and recorded!

Emerging composers at an early stage in their career with no prior major commissions (over $5,000) or major recordings (commercially released with a third party label), originally from or currently based in North America are eligible. There is no age limit.

Submissions will be anonymously reviewed. NANOWorks especially encourages women and people of under-represented minorities to submit their work.

The Work:
• 20-30 minute chamber opera
• scored for 1-6 singers.
• scored for 1-6 performers, from the following pool instruments (one each, i.e. no repeated instruments are accepted):
o 1 Flute (doubling piccolo)
o 1 Oboe (doubling English horn)
o 1 Clarinet (doubling bass clarinet)
o 1 Saxophone
o 1 Bassoon
o Piano
o 1 Percussion (one player)
o 1 Violin
o 1 Viola
o 1 Cello
• Pieces submitted may NOT have been previously performed professionally (outside a university setting) or awarded other prizes.

• Submissions must be anonymous. Score and recording must show the title of the work only. Should any part of the composer’s name be legible on the score, recording or linked URLs, the entry will be disqualified.
• You may submit more than one opera, but each work requires a separate application.

To submit your composition, please prepare the following APPLICATION:
• A PDF of the piano/vocal score
(Please use “YourPiece_Score” as file name)
• A MIDI or MP3 file (if possible) of your composition
(Please use “YourPiece_Audio” as file name)
• An info sheet listing all the roles and their voice types, and the instrumentation.
(Please use “YourPiece_Info” as file name)
• A PDF of your CV/resume
(Please use “LastName_CV” as file name)
• A PDF of your 250-word Bio
(Please use “LastName_Bio” as file name)

DEADLINE for Submission: November 1st, 2018

Application Fee: $30 per submission
Festival participation fee: $250
Please pay via PAYPAL

[Fees go toward paying our awesome singers, instrumentalists, and conductors, as well as provide necessary staging elements and technical support during the festival. All these contribute to creating the best new operas possible and giving the composer community valuable resources and opportunities to launch their careers.]

The selection results will be announced on December 1, 2018. Three composers will be invited to participate in the NANOWorks Festival in May 2019, where their operatic works will receive coaching, public performances, and recordings.

Travel and lodging are the participants' responsibility. NANOWorks can assist in finding accommodation with donors, but cannot guarantee a place.

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