Call for Scores from Women, Nonbinary or Genderfluid Composers

Compass New Music Series and N/A Ensemble are excited to announce a call for scores, due by 23:59pm EST, Tuesday, December 19th, 2017.

Composers of any age, nationality, or stage of their careers who identify as women, nonbinary, or genderfluid are invited to submit scores for a concert in Toledo, Ohio which will take place on February 18th, 2018. The program will showcase approximately three to four pieces (the number is flexible and depends upon the pool of submissions) selected from this Call for Scores, alongside two pre-selected pieces.

Pieces should be at least five minutes long, with no strict cap on maximum length. We ask that you keep in mind this concert will have approximately six works on it, so very lengthy pieces may not be appropriate. You may submit only one piece. Pieces may have been previously performed. There is no fee to submit.

Pieces need to include all or a subset of two or three (no solo works) of the following instrumentation:

1 Soprano (range: G3-D6)

1 Flute (all but the contrabass flute are available)

1 Clarinet (all available)

Percussion (no keyboard percussion, as instruments must fit in a car)

N/A Ensemble is an experimental new music group dedicated to performing challenging and adventurous new works. For this Call, the ensemble is particularly interested in work that is bursting the seams of music, work that can be described as either/both experimental and cross-disciplinary. This includes music that involves theatricality, choreography, the speaking voice, and music that is complex and challenging (musically and/or conceptually).

Compass New Music Series (formerly the Listening to Ladies concert series) partners with ensembles to help showcase new music by composers who, due to their gender identities, experience disenfranchisement under the patriarchy, which in the classical/new music world continues to support and showcase primarily cisgender males.


Email the following to by 23:59 EST, Tuesday, December 19th, 2017:

1) A PDF score of the piece which has had your name removed. Program notes are not required, but if they are included with the score, please remove your name from these as well.

2) An MP3 sound file, if applicable/possible (no MIDI, please). Ensure your name is not in the filename.

3) A separate info PD containing: the title of the piece, the name of the composer, and contact information for the composer – email, phone number, and website address if available. You may also include a brief bio (no more than 150 words) on this document (optional).

Please ensure that no information identifying you is anywhere in your submission apart from the info PDF.

The compositions will be selected by the N/A Ensemble with administrative help from Elisabeth Blair of Compass New Music. Selected composers will be notified by email by Sunday, December 24th, 2017; composers must be able to supply parts and other performance materials by Friday, January 5th, 2017.

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