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

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