String Quartet Commissions for Bergamot Quartet

We are excited to open applications for the commissioning of two new works for string quartet sponsored by the New Music Ensemble at Towson University. To apply, submit required materials via this Google Form by August 1, 2020.

Individuals of any age and from any educational or stylistic background are encouraged to apply. There is no submission fee. Direct any questions to bergamotquartet [at] gmail [dot] com.


Piece: New 8-10 minute work for string quartet

Fee: $2500 per composer

Eligibility: All US citizens or resident aliens with proper documentation are eligible to apply except individuals in any way associated with Towson University. Two composers will be selected, with a maximum of one winner from the D.C./Baltimore metro area.

The competition is open to individuals of any age and any educational and stylistic background.

The selection process will include two rounds of review. The first round will be blind.

Winners are guaranteed 1 performance and 1 professional recording at Towson University. Composers are invited to attend the performance and recording session, but additional funding for travel and accommodation will not be provided.

Submission Materials

One work sample (score in PDF format + optional recording; MIDI realization accepted; MP3 format required; 10MB limit); works with strings encouraged but not required. Label work samples with the title of your piece. Do not include your name.

Work samples must not contain any identifying marks. Work samples with identifying marks will automatically be disqualified.

String Quartet proposal (250 words max.) Do not include your name.

Website (SoundCloud, YouTube, or other social media accepted in absence of a website)


August 1, 2020: Submission deadline

September 1, 2020: Winners announced; $750 disbursed to each composer

February 1, 2021: Scores due to BQ; $750 disbursed to each composer

April 21, 2021: Performance and lecture given by BQ at Towson University

April 22, 2021: Recording session at Towson University

May 15, 2021: Remaining $1000 disbursed to each composer

1 Aug 2020