Call for Scores—New Compositions (Fee Waiver Request)

Call for Scores—New Compositions (Fee Waiver Request)

The Art Music Society is excited to announce a call for scores for compositions to be included in the 2024-25 season of the AMS Chamber Music Series. Selected works will be featured alongside fundamental chamber music from the Western canon. Concerts will take place in the DC metropolitan area and performers will include winners of the AMS Auditions—a contest designed to promote rising performing artists in our area—as well as established local and international guests.

This Call for Scores is open to composers of all ages, genders, nationalities, religions, and backgrounds, and is designed to identify skilled and accomplished creators with an original voice, presenting works that showcase an exquisite compositional technique and deliver a uniquely rewarding experience, for both audiences and performers.

Selected composers will be offered the option to publish their works through the Art Music Society, which will be included in our New Artists catalog. Moreover, concert performances will be recorded professionally, accompanied by commissioned program notes, and recordings will be made available to composers for inclusion in their portfolios.


Call for scores (Collaborative works)


Open to everyone

Application Deadline

March 31, 2024

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Submission guidelines

  • Open to all composers, without restrictions.
  • The work should be a collaborative piece (e.g., piano trio, string duo, lied, etc.).
  • Between 2 and 10 minutes in duration (single or multi-movement works).
  • Composed for any combination of performers from our core ensemble, which includes piano, violin, cello, and mezzo-soprano (1,1,1,1).
  • Works featuring prepared piano are ineligible.
  • Submissions must be original works, not arrangements.
  • Recorded, awarded, published and/or broadcast works are eligible for submission.
  • A written permission or license is required for vocal works that make use of texts not in the public domain.

Submission deadline:

The submission deadline is March 31, 2024.

Application process:

Interested composers should submit a PDF score and audio or video recording (studio, live, or VST-rendered) via our website. In absence of recordings, notation files (Sibelius, Finale, etc.) will be accepted.

Application Fee:

The application fee is $15 per submission. Each composer may submit any number of entries. 100% of application fees will be used to cover AMS Concert Series performance costs (exclusively performances that will feature works selected through this contest), such as honoraria for performers and venue rental. A limited number of fee waivers will be granted—please contact us via email at to see if you qualify.

Selection process:

Scores will be examined by a panel of renowned professionals, which will include composers, performing artists, theorists, and musicologists, selecting works that:

  • Showcase a unique voice.
  • Make a bold statement, bringing to life something original and memorable.
  • Blend well with the remaining works on the concert program.
    1. Concerts of the AMS Chamber Music Series will feature a blend of works from the canon, mainly piano trios, duos featuring piano and either violin or cello, as well as vocal works with piano accompaniment.
    2. Programs will include at least one major collaborative work (e.g., a Classical piano trio, Romantic sonata, or 20th-century song cycle).
      1. Please see a list of sample programs below under Miscellaneous for reference
    3. Each concert might feature more than one selected New Composition.

Application Form

Composer Profile

Please fill out the form below. Your data will be kept confidential.
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We will grant a limited number of registration fee waivers. Please attach a brief letter explaining your financial situation and why you believe you should be granted such a waiver. We require this of all prospective candidates requesting one. By uploading your document, you understand that your remaining application materials might not be reviewed unless the fee waiver gets approved.

Composition Information

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File Uploads

Use this section to share with us the score and recording files. After attaching the score PDF, choose the appropriate option for sharing your recordings. Scores and recordings will be shared with evaluating panelists and no part of either shall be made public without the composer's explicit consent.
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Attach a PDF file of your score. The form can accept up to 25 separate files, please contact us in case you need to submit more.
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Attach up to 10 audio or video recordings of your work(s). Live/studio recordings or VST renderings are acceptable. In lack thereof, notation files made with Sibelius, Finale, or similar computer software shall be accepted as well. The file size limit is 50MB. If your file(s) exceed it, consider uploading the content to a sharing platform (Youtube, Vimeo, Soundcloud, etc.) and sharing the link in the field below instead.
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Clear Signature
With this signature I confirm that I am the author of the work(s) submitted and that I am the sole holder of all of its/their rights. I further confirm that I own all necessary rights and/or licenses for the submitted audio and/or video recordings. I also certify that I have read, understood, and accept all submission requirements stipulated in the Call for Proposals for this contest. I also confirm that I understand my application might not get reviewed in the case that my registration fee waiver request is not approved.