2014 Festival Score Calls

The Women Composers Festival of Hartford, a celebration of the diverse body of women’s music now in its fourteenth year, is sponsoring its fourth annual composition competition in addition to calls for scores and presentations for the 2014 festival.  This year’s festival – Thursday, March 6, through Sunday, March 9 – will feature guest ensembles Oboe Duo Agosto and the Sylvanus Ensemble, in addition to guest composer Andrea Clearfield.

International Composition Competition
Anonymous composition competition for works featuring featuring double reed duo open to all emerging women composers
DEADLINE EXTENDED: November 10, 2013 receipt deadline

New England Score Call
Instrumental score call for multiple performances open to all women composers living in the New England region (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)
November 1, 2013 receipt deadline

NYWC Score Call
Instrumental score call for multiple performances open to members of New York Women Composers, Inc.
(details available at www.newyorkwomencomposers.org)
November 1, 2013 receipt deadline

WCForum Call for Presentations & Lecture-Recitals
Call for papers and presentations on topics pertaining to women composers and music by women composers
November 15, 2013 receipt deadline

 

 

 

Women Composers Festival of Hartford International Composition Competition

All emerging female composers are invited to participate in the festival’s 2014 International Composition Competition. This year’s competition is for works featuring double reed duo. One selected work shall be performed on a concert featuring Oboe Duo Agosto. Finalists are guaranteed future performances as well. All submissions shall be reviewed in a two-tiered, anonymous selection process with “America’s leading oboe recitalist” (The New York Times) Humbert Lucarelli guest adjudicating final selections. Music must be scored for the available instrumentation. Entries must be received (electronically or by mail) by Friday, November 1.

Available Instrumentation
oboe, English horn, piano (optional), cello (optional)

Submission Guidelines
1. Composers may send up to two submissions.
2. Scores should be submitted electronically (PDF only) WITHOUT the composer’s name or any identifying
information (in score or on filename), and must demonstrate professional engraving standards.
3. Include contact info (name, address, phone, website, and email), a short bio (100 words or less), and name of
submitted work(s) in a separate document (PDF preferred). Include composer name in document filename.
4. Submissions must be for the above instrumentation, preferably no more than one optional instrument.
5. Maximum duration of 12 min per submission (single movements of larger works are allowed).
6. Recordings are not required but preferable (MIDI is acceptable).
7. There are no age restrictions; however, applicants should be in the early stages of their professional careers.
8. Email materials to submissions@womencomposersfestivalhartford.com with the subject header “International Composition Competition.” Large attachments must be sent to the festival’s Dropbox (email for more information). If necessary, submissions may be mailed (email to request specifics).

Timeline/Award
1. Finalists and competition winner shall be announced Monday, December 2. If necessary, parts for the winning work are required by Monday, December 16.
2. The winning work shall be performed by Oboe Duo Agosto on March 7, 2014, at Charter Oak Cultural Center and guaranteed five additional performances over the course of three years.
3. Finalists’ works shall be guaranteed at least one performance with Oboe Duo Agosto over the course of three years.
4. Attendance at the festival is encouraged, as finalists and the winner shall be introduced at public events.
5. Finalists and competition winner shall receive complementary registration to the festival, allowing access to all ticketed events, though travel funding is not available at this time. Finalists and competition winner shall each receive seven (7) complementary tickets (for friends, colleagues, family, etc.) good for any festival event.

 

 

 

Women Composers Festival of Hartford New England Score Call

All interested female composers living in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont are invited to submit their music to the festival for festival programs March 6 – 9, 2014. Submitted music must be scored for the available instrumentation (or any subset) unless the composer is able to provide her own performers. Submissions must be received (electronically or by mail) by Friday, November 1. All submissions shall be reviewed anonymously.

Available Instrumentation
Category I: flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon
Category II: Sylvanus Ensemble (oboe, English horn, violin, viola, cello, percussion*, piano)
Category III: violins (2), viola, cello, piano Category IV: composer provided performer

* – Percussion may include any cymbals, gongs, small drums, and auxiliary percussion. No mallet instruments, large drums, or timpani.

Submission Guidelines
1. Composers may send up to two submissions per category.
2. Scores should be submitted electronically (PDF only) WITHOUT the composer’s name or any identifying information (in score or on filename), and must demonstrate professional engraving standards.
3. Maximum duration of 8 min per submission (single movements of larger works are allowed).
3. Include contact info (name, address, phone, website, and email), short bio (100 words or less), and list of submitted works with categories indicated (I, II, III, or IV) in a separate document (PDF preferred).
4. Composers providing their own performers must include a list of their performers’ names, short bios (100 words), website (if applicable), and instruments played.
5. Recordings are required for submissions with composer-provided performers. Recordings of other submissions are preferable but not required (MIDI is acceptable).
6. Email submissions to submissions@womencomposersfestivalhartford.com (PDF scores and mp3 recordings) and include the subject header “New England Score Call.” All attachments must not include composer names, rather include the name of work for identification. Large attachments must be sent to the festival’s Dropbox (email for more information). If necessary, submissions may be mailed (email to request specifics).

Timeline
1. Submissions must be received by Friday, November 1.
2. At least five (5) selected works shall be announced Sunday, December 1. If necessary, parts for the winning work shall be required by Sunday, December 15.
3. Festival attendance is highly encouraged, as selected composers shall be invited to introduce their music.
4. Selected composers shall each receive seven (7) complementary tickets (for friends, colleagues, family, etc.), good for any festival event, and are expected to register for a small fee ($35 payable via Paypal). Registration includes access to all ticketed events. Travel funding is not available at this time.

 

 

 

Women Composers Festival of Hartford Call for Papers and Presentations

The WCForum is being presented during the 2014 festival as a means to explore the diverse body of works by women composers. The festival seeks papers and lecture-recitals that address any aspect of contributions by women composers, past or present. Possible presentations may include analysis of individual works, discussion of instrument/voice-specific repertoire, discourse on particular musical genres, biographic studies, discussion of gender issues, and other subjects pertinent to music by women composers.

Submissions must be received by Friday, November 15. All submissions shall be peer-reviewed in an anonymous selection process. Individuals will be notified by email of the panel’s decision starting Sunday, December 15. Accepted abstracts/proposals will be presented at the WCForum, to be held in multiple sessions March 7 – 9, 2014.

Submission Guidelines
1. Individuals may send up to two proposals/abstracts.
2. Abstracts/Proposals must be 250-300 words.
3. Lecture-recital proposals must indicate performer(s) and include a sample recording of one or more works.
4. Abstracts must be accompanied with bibliography and musical examples (4-5), if applicable.
5. Abstracts/Proposals and additional materials must be submitted WITHOUT individual’s name or other identifying information.
6. Proposed talks and lecture-recitals must be a maximum of 30 minutes, including time for questions.
7. A list of technical requirements must be provided with the proposal/abstract. Please specify any equipment needed to present the talk or lecture-recital.
8. Include your contact info (name, address, phone, email), a short bio (100 words or less), and institutional affiliation in the email or as a separate file.
9. Email submissions (PDFs and mp3s) to submissions@womencomposersfestivalhartford.com with the subject header “WCForum – LAST NAME”. All attachments should include the name of presenter. Large attachments must be sent to the festival’s Dropbox (email for more information).

Timeline
1. Submissions must be received by Friday, November 15.
2. Individuals shall be notified starting Sunday, December 15.
3. Selected presenters shall each receive seven (7) complementary tickets (for friends, colleagues, family, etc.), good for any festival event, and are expected to register for a small fee ($35 payable via Paypal). Registration includes access to all ticketed events. Travel funding is not available at this time.