2017/18 Call for Scores

Elevate Ensemble is announcing its second annual call for scores, seeking chamber works, for up to 15 players, written by US-based composers.

The selected score will be programmed in San Francisco on May 19, 2018, on Elevate’s season-closer concert Transformations. The winning composer will be offered a $500 honorarium, a recording of the performance, and travel expenses to attend the concert. Non-winning pieces may be considered for programming on future concerts.


  • Compositions that can be tied to the general concert theme of “Transformations” will receive priority. Feel free to interpret this theme however you wish.
  • Submissions are due by 11:59pm PST, Feb 16, 2018, with the winner announced by March 31, 2018.
  • The winning composer must attend the performance. If the composer cannot attend, an alternate winner will be chosen.
  • Open to any composers physically and legally residing in the USA, with no restrictions on age or citizenship.
  • Pieces may be written for any instrumentation up to 15 players. However, pieces that make use of some or all of the instruments from Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony no.1 will receive priority. That instrumentation is as follows (one player each unless noted): flute/piccolo, oboe, English horn, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon, 2 horns, 2 violins, viola, cello, bass.
  • Pieces with electronics are welcome as long as the composer can assist in realizing the electronics.
  • Previously performed pieces are eligible. Unperformed pieces are also eligible.
  • There are no restrictions on the age of the pieces submitted. As long as they represent your best work, we are interested in hearing them!
  • Composers may submit as many scores as desired, with a $20 application fee for the first piece and a $10 fee for any subsequent piece.
  • To submit a score, fill out the form below, submit payment via PayPal, and email the required support materials to [email protected], subject line: Call for Scores, YOUR NAME
  • Email the following support materials: PDF score, link to a streaming recording (youtube, soundcloud, etc.), a short biography, and (optionally) how the piece ties into the concert theme.
  • Please do NOT include any links to file downloads, as we will not open them.

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