Calls for Scores - Center for Opera for Children at Fresno State

The newly created Center for Opera for Children at Fresno State seeks to provide innovative and relevant
operatic performances for children performed by university-aged students as part of their general college
curriculum in opera.

In 2016, Fresno State Opera Theatre premiered the children’s opera Lucinda y las Flores de la
Nochebuena by Evan Mack and Joshua McGuire to over 3000 school children and teachers in Fresno
County. Since then, the opera has been performed professionally and in educational institutions across
the country. Building on that success, Fresno State has created The Center for Opera for Children and
seeks an original operatic score for performance in Spring 2020. The preferred criteria are as follows:

1. An operatic piece for elementary-school aged children; music and theme must be interactive and
appropriate for children ages 4-17.
2. An original composition with original text; the composition must be unpublished; self-published
scores are acceptable.
3. Composition for piano and voice only; scored for a minimum of 4 singers with contrasting voice
4. Up to 45 minutes in length
5. Scores outside one or more of these parameters will be accepted.

● Technical requirements (i.e. sets, props) should be minimal and easily transported.
● Stories that are relevant to minority communities are of particular interest.
● No particular religious content may be presented in the material as the work will be presented in
public schools.
● Rights to performance will be held by Fresno State Opera Theatre for three years, but may be
performed elsewhere during that time.

The piece will be performed by university-aged singers in the Spring of 2020 to school children in Fresno
County. The winning submission will receive a $1000 stipend for travel to Fresno State to workshop the
score with performers in early February 2020. No application fee.
Submit all materials by dropbox link to

1. Piano vocal score and libretto.
2. Midi file, composer rendering or recording if applicable.

Deadline: November 15th , 2019.
Notification: December 1st, 2019.

Scores will be peer reviewed by a panel of composers, librettists and operatic directors. For more
information contact Dr. Anthony P. Radford at

15 Nov 2019