Call for Scores
These new works are presented in concert alongside pieces by established composers—including classics of the symphonic repertory—demonstrating that orchestral music is not a finished collection of museum pieces, but a living, evolving tradition. This approach has won the orchestra excellent reviews and worldwide recognition, including nine ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming and one of the first grants from the Aaron Copland Fund for New music.
Scores will be accepted from emerging composers who have not yet established widespread peer recognition. The processing fee ($35 for the first score; $30 for each additional score if you are submitting multiple works) must accompany each submission. The submitted score should be no longer than 15 minutes.
Instrumentation may include up to the following:
- 3 flutes (1 doubling piccolo)
- 3 oboe (1 doubling English Horn)
- 3 clarinet (1 doubling bass clarinet)
- 3 bassoon (1 doubling contrabassoon)
- 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones (3rd is bass trombone), 1 tuba
- 1 timpanist, 3 percussion, harp, piano/celesta
Concertos, vocal works, and works for only strings, woodwinds or brass are not eligible.
Please check back in early November for complete instructions to apply for the 2014 Call for Scores.
How to Apply:
Please send the following:
- A bound and legible score of one orchestra work; labeled with your name, address, duration of the work
- A recording of the submitted work, if available
- Program notes, including the work’s performance history
- Composer biography
- Optional: Self-addressed/stamped envelope for return of materials.
Note: All other scores will be discarded the week following the judges’ decision.
You may send a check or money order payable to the New England Philharmonic, or you may submit the processing fee through PayPal, using the button below. (The fee will be calculated as $30 for each score, plus a $5 handling fee.)