Call for Scores

The Sewanee Summer Music Festival is pleased to announce its 2020 international call for scores by emerging composers.

Eligibility: the SSMF is principally interested in supporting emerging composers. Generally, we think of emerging composers as individuals who are still enrolled in post-secondary grad study or still seeking or only recently appointed to full-time musical employment.  Individuals who have had careers in other aspects of music, such as conductors or instrumental performers, who are transitioning to careers in composition, are also eligible. There is no age limit. The SSMF Artistic Panel will carefully review submissions individually and without regard for age, nationality, gender, and aesthetics.

Category 1

Instrumentation: youth symphony orchestra. The instrumentation may include up to:

2 flutes (1 doubling piccolo)
2 oboe (1 doubling English horn)
2 clarinet (1 doubling bass clarinet)
2 bassoon (1 doubling contrabassoon)
4 horns, 3 trumpets
3 trombones (3rd is bass trombone)
1 tuba
1 timpanist
2 percussion
harp
piano/celesta
strings

* Already premiered works will be considered.

Duration: 10’ or less.

Prize: a performance by one of the 2021 SSMF Orchestras (and multi-camera professional recording) during the 2021 edition of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. A full or partial scholarship will be available for the eligible winner(s).

Category 2                                

Instrumentation: chamber ensemble. Any combination of 2 or more the following instruments with or without electronics. The pieces can use a conductor.

Violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, trumpet, trombone, French horn, tuba, flute (piccolo), clarinet, oboe (English horn), bassoon, percussion piano, brass instruments.

* Already premiered works will be considered.

Duration: 10’ or less.

Prize: performance (and multi-camera professional recording) during the 2021 edition of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival by festival faculty or student fellowship ensemble

Application fee (for both categories)

$25 for the first submitted work. $10 for any extra submissions. Submit your application fee here.

Deadline

Submission deadline August 1, 2020, with the winners announced in the fall.

What to submit – via Google form
  1. Link to high-quality recordings of the submitted piece(s), preferably MP3, WAV, AIFF, or FLAC. (If piece has not been performed, a midi file is perfectly acceptable.)
  2. Link to score(s) of the submitted piece(s)
  3. 1-page composer’s bio
  4. Submission fee payment
For more information about the call or general questions please contact ssmfadmissions@sewanee.edu