Friday, August 2, 2013

Information on the 2013-2014 Composition Competition Released

To secure an excellent work of music for SMCO to premiere on a June 7, 2014 performance, providing an opportunity to a highly talented young composer.

Submission deadline: March 1, 2014

Composition Details
  • The work must be a minimum of 8 minutes, and could be as long as 15 minutes.
  • The work must never have been publicly performed (outside of a rehearsal or reading).
  • The instrumentation is specific to chamber orchestra, with a maximum string count of 5,4,4,3,2. All standard woodwind instruments are available, including auxiliaries of piccolo, English horn, and bass clarinet. All brass instruments are available. All standard percussion instruments other than the mallet instruments xylophone, marimba, and vibraphone are available. Piano and electronic keyboard are available, but other keyboard instruments are not. Within this available instrumentation, any combination is suitable for this performance.
  • Unfortunately, works requiring video projections and other accompanying visual elements cannot be accepted.
  • This performance is developing a theme of celestial bodies and space. It is not required, however, that the subject matter or inspiration for the work be of this theme.
  • Unfortunately, solo concerto works cannot be accepted.
Procedural Details
  • Any composer under the age of 32 can enter.
  • There is no entrance fee.
  • There is no reward other than the orchestra's performance of the work and a recording (high-quality audio) of said performance.
  • It is strongly preferred that the composer be able to attend at least the dress rehearsal and performance of their work on June 7, 2014, and is encouraged to attend other rehearsals of their piece. The performance and dress rehearsal will take place at the Chapel Performance Space in Seattle, WA.
Submission Details
  • The composer must submit five copies of their score, in addition to one copy of program notes, a resume, and a separate bio. Judges will refer to the program notes for insight on the work's inspiration and goals. Composers may submit MIDI recordings or other media but these will not factor into the judges' decision, which is based solely on the score.
  • Materials may be submitted in two ways. All scores and accompanying documents may be printed and mailed to 1506 NE 76th St. Seattle, WA 98115. Alternatively, all scores and documents, in PDF form ONLY, may be sent via email to
  • The deadline for RECEIPT of submissions is midnight on March 1, 2014. Decisions will be made by May 1, 2014.  There is no postmark deadline.  Late submissions will not be accepted.
  • Primary weight to the judges’ decision will be placed on the creativity and artistic merit of the score.  Important consideration will also be given to the work’s suitability for small orchestra (i.e. balance of instrumental combinations) and the clarity and immaculate editing of printed markings in the score.
  • Resume information and composition of program notes are factors that do not hold weight in the judges’ decision.  Submitted MIDI recordings or other media will not affect the judges’ decision.
For details on the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra and its 2013-2014 Season of performances, visit

Tickets on sale August 12, 2013.

October 26, 2013
2:00 PM
Chapel Performance Space at the Good Shepherd Center

Hector Berlioz: Les nuits d'été
Igor Stravinsky: L'Histoire du soldat

Kim Roy, conductor
Melissa Schiel, mezzo soprano

February 22, 2014
2:00 PM
Chapel Performance Space at the Good Shepherd Center

Chamber Music
Various selections

June 7, 2014
2:00 PM
Chapel Performance Space at the Good Shepherd Center

Binna Kim: World Premiere
Composition Competition Winner: World Premiere TBA
Alex Baranowski: Musica Universalis
Gabriel Prokofiev: Spheres
Alan Hovhaness: Symphony No. 6 “Celestial Gate”

Geoffrey Larson, conductor

Friday, June 7, 2013

Season Finale: Composer Erberk Eryılmaz on World Premiere of His Miniatures No. 4

The Miniature, a visual art form popular during the Ottoman Empire, was used to represent important events in compact paintings. As a tribute, as well as a study, I have chosen to interpret this art form in music.  Miniatures Set No.4 (2013) is a five movement suite based on Turkish folk dances and instrumental song styles. Although all of the material is original, these movements are highly influenced by the playing styles of master performers of previous centuries. Sirto is a fast 2/4 dance which is also shared with Greeks and very common in the European side of Turkey. Saz Semaisi is an instrumental section that is used in religious rituals and in Ottoman court music. This movement later turns to a çiftetelli, which is a type of belly dance. Bolu Oyun Havası is a 2/4, medium tempo dance from Northern Turkey. Taksim is a very common improvisational movement which is a modal preparation to a song or an instrumental piece in traditional Turkish music. Sıksaray Horon Havası is a very fast dance in 7/16 from Northwest Turkey. This dance is commonly played by a small stringed instrument called a kemençe. With the extended techniques of string playing, the whole ensemble imitates the sound that is produced by this instrument. Although in folk and traditional music the meters would stay the same throughout each movement, in this set of miniatures the meters change freely for fun as well as aesthetic purposes, since dancing is not a part of the performance of the piece.

Note: Mr. Eryılmaz’s piece is based on his string quartet Miniatures No. 4, winner of the 2013 Carnegie Mellon String Quartet Composition Prize.

The work also contains the following exclamations in Turkish, translated below.

Haydi çiftetelliye: come dance to çiftetelli.
Ha goş bere: let's move, let's go faster.
Elee goçla: a heroic way of saying “come on!”
Ha uşaklar: “come on, guys!” in the local accent of the final dance’s origin.

Awards and Critical Acclaim for Composer Erberk Eryılmaz

Mr. Eryılmaz’s music has been praised for the tremendous excitement, depth of feeling, and cultural tradition it conveys.  Born in Samsun, Turkey in 1989, Mr. Eryılmaz is the recipient of the 1st prize in the SCI/ASCAP(North East) Composition Competition with his Sonata for Piano.  His Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra was chosen for ERM Media's "Masterworks of the New Era." In 2008, he won the grand prize at The Van Rooy Competition for Musical Excellence as a pianist.  In 2012, he won the Pulse International Chamber Music Composition Competition with his "Miniatures Set No. 1."

SMCO Season Finale: Beethoven, Strauss, Wagner, Haydn, and Eryilmaz
June 8, 2013
8:00 PM
First Free Methodist Church

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Upcoming Concert: Chamber Music February 2, 2013

Oceana String Quartet and the Members of Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra
Saturday, February 2, 2013
The Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center

MENDELSSOHN: Cappriccio in E minor for strings
NIELSEN: Quintet for Woodwinds
BOZZA: Sonatine for Brass
SCHOENBERG: Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night)

Original string sextet version
Kim Roy, conductor

$15 General Admission, $10 Students and Seniors
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Oct. 27 tickets through Arts Crush sold out - still available through!

We are excited to report that Arts Crush has reached their quota of tickets for our October 27 Season Opener at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center!  Tickets are STILL AVAILABLE from!  Just $15 general admission - students and seniors get in for only $10.

Kim Roy, the energetic conductor of Seattle Rock Orchestra, is joined by former Philadelphia Orchestra violinist Denise Dillenbeck in her debut as SMCO's first Associate Conductor.

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major
Massenet: Meditation from Thaïs
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
Tchaikovsky: Suite No. 4 for Orchestra "Mozartiana"

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Presented by Arts Crush Festival and Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center
Wild Ginger and The Triple Door, Season Sponsor