2015 Festival Calls for Submissions

The Women Composers Festival of Hartford, a celebration of the diverse body of music by female composers now in its fifteenth year, is sponsoring its fifth annual composition competition in addition to calls for scores and presentations for the 2015 festival. This year’s festival – Wednesday, March 4, through Sunday, March 8 – features guest artists Iktus Percussion and the New England Guitar Quartet in addition to guest composer Lisa Coons.

International Composition Competition with Iktus Percussion
Anonymous composition competition for performance by Iktus open to all emerging female composers.
October 15, 2014 receipt deadline

New England Score Call
Instrumental score call open to all female composers living in the New England region (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT).
October 15, 2014 receipt deadline

WCForum Call for Presentations & Lecture-Recitals
Call for papers and presentations on topics pertaining to women composers and music by female composers
November 15, 2014 receipt deadline

Reading Session with New England Guitar Quartet
Score call for reading session with NEG4 open to all emerging female composers.
December 1, 2014 receipt deadline

Submission guidelines can be found on below. Please direct any questions regarding submission or concert details to info@womencomposersfestivalhartford.com

 

 

Women Composers Festival of Hartford International Composition Competition

The Women Composers Festival of Hartford, a celebration of the diverse body of music by female composers now in its fifteenth year, is sponsoring its fifth annual composition competition. All emerging female composers are invited to participate in the festival’s 2015 International Composition Competition. This year’s competition is for works featuring percussion quartet. One selected work shall be performed on a concert featuring Iktus Percussion. Finalists are guaranteed future performances as well. All submissions shall be reviewed in a two-tiered, anonymous selection process. Music must be scored for the available instrumentation. Entries must be received (electronically or by mail) by Wednesday, October 15.

Available Instrumentation
Equipment List provided by Iktus Percussion: Cymbals (2-4, various sizes), mid-size Tam Tam, Tom Toms (3), Bongos, Tambourine, Woodblocks, Maracas, Nipple Gongs (10”, 12”), Found Materials (glasses, bowls, pipes, pans, cans, flower pots)

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 should be written for one to four percussionists (solos, duos, and trios are acceptable). Iktus has a fixed equipment list (included above) but encourages composers to be creative in regard to instruments. Works for additional/alternative equipment will be considered.
  5. Maximum duration of 10 min per submission (single movements of larger works are allowed).
  6. Recordings are not required but preferable (MIDI is acceptable).

There are no age restrictions; however, applicants should be in the early stages of their professional careers.

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. Submissions must be received by Wednesday, October 15.
  2. Finalists and competition winner shall be announced Friday, October 31. Parts for the winning work are required by Saturday, November 15.
  3. The winning work shall be performed by Iktus Percussion on March 6, 2015, at Charter Oak Cultural Center and guaranteed five additional performances over the course of three years.
  4. Finalists’ works shall be added to rep for future possible performance with Iktus Percussion.
  5. Attendance at the festival is encouraged, as finalists and the winner shall be introduced at public events.
  6. 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 ten complementary tickets (for friends, colleagues, family, etc.) good for any festival event.

 

 

Women Composers Festival of Hartford New England Score Call

The Women Composers Festival of Hartford, a celebration of the diverse body of music by female composers now in its fifteenth year, is sponsoring a call for scores by New England composers. 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 concert programs March 7 & 8, 2015. 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 Wednesday, October 15. All submissions shall be reviewed anonymously.

Available Instrumentation
Category I: solo piano
Category II: violins (2), viola, cello
Category III: composer provided performer

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).
  4. 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, or III) in a separate document (PDF preferred).
  5. Composers providing their own performers must include a list of their performers’ names, short bios (100 words), website (if applicable), and instruments played.
  6. Recordings are required for submissions with composer-provided performers. Recordings of other submissions are preferable but not required (MIDI is acceptable).

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 Wednesday, October 15.
  2. At least five selected works shall be announced Friday, October 31. If necessary, parts for selected works shall be required by Saturday, November 15.
  3. Festival attendance is mandatory, as selected composers shall be invited to introduce their music.
  4. Selected composers shall each receive ten complementary tickets (for friends, colleagues, family, etc.), good for any festival event, and are expected to register for the festival ($75, or $25 for students). Registration includes access to all festival events. Travel funding is not available at this time.

Women Composers Festival of Hartford Call for Papers and Presentations

The Women Composers Festival of Hartford, a celebration of the diverse body of music by female composers now in its fifteenth year, is sponsoring a call for papers and presentations for the 2015 festival. The WCForum is being presented during the 2015 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 Saturday, 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 Monday, December 15. Accepted abstracts/proposals will be presented at the WCForum, to be held March 6 & 7, 2015.

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.

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 Saturday, November 15.
  2. Individuals shall be notified starting Monday, December 15.
  3. Selected presenters shall each receive ten complementary tickets (for friends, colleagues, family, etc.), good for any festival event, and are expected to register for a small fee ($75, or $25 for students). Registration includes access to all festival events. Travel funding is not available at this time.

Call for Reading Session with New England Guitar Quartet

The Women Composers Festival of Hartford, a celebration of the diverse body of music by female composers now in its fifteenth year, invites all emerging female composers to submit their music for a reading session with New England Guitar Quartet on March 7, 2015. The quartet, noted for “their dynamic virtuosity, inventive programming and artistic interpretations,” will workshop several pieces in an afternoon session along with new music commissioned from guest composer Lisa Coons. Submitted music must be scored for the quartet. Submissions must be received (electronically or by mail) by Monday, December 1. All submissions shall be reviewed anonymously.

Available Instrumentation
guitar quartet (four acoustic guitars)

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 (no solos, duos, or trios).
  5. Maximum duration of 10 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.

Email materials to submissions@womencomposersfestivalhartford.com with the subject header “NEG4 Reading Session.” 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. Submissions must be received by Monday, December 1.
  2. At least four selected works shall be announced Thursday, January 1. Parts for selected works shall be required by Thursday, January 15.
  3. Festival attendance is required, as selected composers shall engage with the quartet during the workshop.
  4. Selected composers shall each receive ten complementary tickets (for friends, colleagues, family, etc.), good for any festival event, and are expected to register for a small fee ($75, or $25 for students). Registration includes access to all festival events. Travel funding is not available at this time.