Call for Scores: TSO Orchestral Composition Reading & Career Development Session

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with the Canadian Music Centre, is pleased to offer an orchestral composition career development session for Canadian composers. The purpose of the session is to offer composers an opportunity to hear their works rehearsed in a professional orchestral setting, while gaining experience working alongside a professional organization. Participants will receive feedback from TSO Composer Advisor Gary Kulesha, and will have an opportunity to engage in constructive dialogue with TSO Guest Conductor David Robertson, members of the orchestra, the TSO Principal Librarian, and the TSO Affiliate Composer.

The Orchestral Composition Reading & Career Development Session will include:

  • Library session led by TSO Librarian Gary Corrin with TSO Affiliate Composer Emilie LeBel on Monday, November 19, 2018
  • TSO Reading session on Saturday, January 12, 2019 conducted by TSO Composer Advisor Gary Kulesha
  • Feedback session with TSO Composer Advisor Gary Kulesha and TSO Affiliate Composer Emilie LeBel, and representative musicians from the orchestra’s woodwind, brass, percussion, and string sections on Saturday, January 12, 2019
  • Opportunity to attend a rehearsal for the TSO performance at the 21C Music Festival on January 15/16, 2019
  • Opportunity to attend the TSO performance at the 21C Music Festival Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 8 pm.
  • One individual follow-up lesson/mentorship session with TSO Affiliate Composer Emilie LeBel
  • Composers will receive a copy of an archival recording of their work for their personal review and/or grant application purposes.


The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is committed to the support and development of orchestral repertoire that reflects the diversity of Canada. We welcome applications from diverse cultural and regional communities. Preference may be given to applicants who are members of one or more of the following groups: women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of a visible minority.

  • Open to all Canadian composers, with no age restrictions.
  • Each composer may submit one work for consideration.
  • Works must not have been commissioned by a professional orchestra.
  • Previously performed works are eligible. Unperformed (or underperformed) works are encouraged.
  • There is no duration limit, though shorter works (under eight minutes) are encouraged. An excerpt or movement from a longer work may also be considered.
  • Submissions should not exceed the following instrumentation: timp + 3 Strings
  • Works requiring vocals or electronics are not eligible.
  • Concertos are not eligible.
  • The chosen composers are expected to attend reading session activities (details below). If a selected composer is unable to attend the reading, another composer’s work will be chosen.
  • NB The TSO does not provide travel or accommodation costs for composers to attend either the preparatory session with TSO Library or the Orchestral Score Reading Session.

Submission Guidelines:

Composers are required to submit materials electronically. Please use the online submission form to provide the following:

  • Orchestral score (PDF)
  • Audio, if available, of the submitted work. Audio files can be uploaded through the online form, or applicants can provide a link to streaming audio. MIDI realizations are acceptable.
  • Composer CV (5 pages maximum)
  • Short statements in response to two questions

DEADLINE: Sunday, October 28, 2018
The online form will be closed at midnight (12:00am EST) on Sunday, October 28 2018

More information is available on the TSO website.

28 Oct 2018