Unitatis Strings Composition Workshop: Call for Submission

The Unitatis String Composition Workshop 2019 (USCW2019), presented in partnership with the Canadian Music Centre, is a two-day workshop open to composers wishing to learn, take risks, and advance their writing specifically for stringed instruments. Composers will gain greater insight into the unique opportunities and challenges that are faced when writing for string players/string ensembles.

USCW is taking place on August 17-18, 2019 at the Canadian Music Centre in Toronto (Ontario, Canada).

Composer are invited to submit existing works for string orchestra (violin, viola, cello, and double bass). Short pieces for beginner and intermediate level string orchestra will be prioritized. We will accept up to 9 composers based on submissions. Selected composers are expected to attend in person*. We will also invite artists to audit the workshop (up to 10).

*If requested, we can explore options for remote participation for artists not able to attend in person.

DEADLINE: June 21st 2019 - 11:59pm EST
ELIGIBILITY: There are no restrictions on who can apply

The workshop will include two full days of activities, with lunch and snacks provided. Activities include: talks and lectures from guest artists; a live play through and critique of each composition; and, a recording session. Day one will include 20 minutes for each participating composer to take part in an initial workshopping of their piece—composers are encouraged to make adjustments to their piece as required before recordings are made on day two. Musicians and the conductor of Unitatis Strings will provide feedback, and we will facilitate dialogue with other participating composers.

Participation Fee: Selected composers will pay a $30 fee. You receive: a recording of your work, lunch and snacks on each day of the workshop. Artists who audit the workshop will pay a $20 fee. You receive: lunch and snacks on each day of the workshop.


  • Deadline: June 21, 2019, 11:59pm
  • Selection process: June 22 - July 4 2019
  • Notification: July 5 2019
  • Delivery of parts and score: August 1, 2019
  • Workshop dates: August 17-18, 2019

To apply: https://canadianmusiccentre.formstack.com/forms/string_orchestra

21 Jun 2019