Call for Scores–New Compositions

Find out more and submit your application for our New Compositions contest.

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.

Type

Call for scores (Collaborative works)

Eligibility

Open to everyone

Application Deadline

The deadline has passed.

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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 calls@artmusicsociety.org 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.