Penn State 2020 International Call for Scores

Penn State 2020 International Call for Scores
Application Deadline: October 5, 2019

The School of Music at Penn State is pleased to announce the 2020 International Call for Scores.

Two works will be selected, with one each in the categories of acoustic and electronic composition. Selected compositions will be presented at the Spring New-Music Concert, which will take place at 7:30pm on April 24, 2020.

Selected composers will be expected to provide professional performance materials by January 15, 2020.

Selected composers will be invited to participate in a short residency on Penn State's University Park campus.

Each of the winning composers will receive:
>Up to $1,000 in travel expenses to/from Penn State for the concert.
>Hotel accommodations for 2-3 nights, depending on rehearsal, concert, and lecture schedule.
>$500 honorarium for a one-hour guest lecture, coaching/sound check, and other agreed upon activities at Penn State.
>Performance of winning work on the 2020 Spring New-Music Concert. Performed by Penn State performers.

Prize money will only be available for composers who will be present for the events outlined above.

In the case that the cost of travel exceeds $1,000, Penn State can offer any documentation that might assist those seeking funding from institutions or outside sources.

Composers of all nationalities are encouraged to apply. There is no entry fee, no age limit, and works may have been previously performed. Composers who have graduated from Penn State University are not eligible to apply.

A panel consisting of Penn State faculty and students will evaluate the pieces and choose the winning entries. Penn State professor Dr. Baljinder Sekhon will facilitate the call for scores.

All applications must be completed and received by October 5, 2019. The winning entries will be announced by December 10, 2019.

Rules & Guidelines
>Works must have been composed after 2010.
>Works must be submitted anonymously. The composer's name must not appear on the score.
>Duration must be 8-15 minutes.
>Acoustic works must require 2-6 performers (no solo works).
>Electronic works can require 0-6 performers.
>Instrumentation can include any standard orchestral or band instruments.
>Instrumentation must not use more than 4 instruments from any instrumental family (instrumental family = saxophones, tubas, violins, flutes, percussion, etc.).
>Electronic works can include fixed playback (up to 4 channels), live processing, amplification, and video projection.
>Acoustic works with fixed video will be judged in the acoustic category.
>Each composer may only submit ONE work.
>Duos for instrument and piano will not be considered.

Submission of Scores, Technical Descriptions, and Recordings: Score and Technical Descriptions (if applicable) must be submitted as links to files stored in a file-sharing service (Dropbox, GoogleDrive, etc.) and the composer's identity must not appear on the score or anywhere on the online storage service's platform. Recordings must be submitted as links to sound files stored in a file-sharing service, SoundCloud, YouTube, Vimeo, or other sreaming platforms.

Please direct any questions to Dr. Baljinder Sekhon:


5 Oct 2019