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 NNSF Call for Scores
Summary:3-12 players call
Deadline: 15 January 2019
Date Posted: 11 October 2018
Details: Each year the NNSF Call for Scores invites submissions of contemporary scores for chamber ensemble that are performed by Performance Fellows at the annual Nief-Norf Summer Festival. Composers of selected compositions will be invited to attend the festival and coach festival students and faculty in the preparation of the work.

The 2019 NNSF Call for Scores invites submissions of works for chamber ensemble (3-12 players) for any of the following instruments.
• guitar (acoustic or electric)
• violin
• viola
• cello
• double bass
• voice
• electronics (separate performer)
• flute (all family)
• clarinet (all family)
• oboe
• bassoon
• saxophone (all family)
• trumpet
• horn
• trombone
• tuba
• piano / keyboard
• harp
• percussion

The call is open to all composers without restriction. We welcome any of the following: scores requiring multiples of any of the above instruments (such as percussion ensemble or string quartet); works including improvisation, electronics (including audio or video), indeterminate notation or instrumentation; works that have been performed, recorded or published. All interested composers, at any point in their career are eligible to apply.

We are especially interested in submissions that tie into the theme of this year’s Research Summit, which is to interrogate the notion of genre in music. For example: works that embrace or defy genre categories, works that challenge the individuality of “the composer’s voice” by their genre associations, works in which genre references are an essential component, etc.

Submission fee: $15 for the first composition, $10 for each additional work (up to three).

Submission deadline: January 15, 2019

Details: Selections will be made in part based on the instruments of enrolled fellows in the Performance Workshop. If your score is selected, you will be invited and expected to attend the NNSF 2019, during a three-day period determined by the rehearsal and performance schedule. Composers will be given the opportunity to work directly with the fellows in preparation for a performance of their pieces. Selected composers will not be required to pay registration or tuition and will be offered accommodations for two nights and meals for three days. However, travel will not be covered or reimbursed.


Applicants should submit:
1) Completed Call for Scores Competition Submission Form including submission fee (when you submit the form, you will be provided a PayPal link to pay the submission fee). Please note the submission form will call for:
• Your bio
• Title of each submission
• Program note for each submission. If your submission ties into the theme of the Research Summit, please explain how so in the program note.
• Link to audio or video of the work, if available.

2) Email to containing a PDF of the score for each submission.

Please scan any hand-written materials. Please do not email audio or video files; these will not be accepted. Please post audio or video on a streaming service such as Youtube, Soundcloud, Dropbox, or Google Drive and include the link on the submission form.

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