Ensemble 126 Composition Competition

Ensemble 126 calls for submissions (written works or proposed works) for an inaugural composition competition for a winning prize of $2,500 USD. This competition aims to expand the repertoire for flute ensemble that highlights the abilities of our group and can connect musical communities through a new music premiere. Artists that identify as part of ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, Native American) communities or umbrella of LGBTQIA+ communities are encouraged to apply.

The winning prize includes:

  • $2,500 award

  • Professional audio recording and live performance of work

  • Professional video of work in performance

Submission Deadline: March 31, 2022 11:59pm EST

Entrance Fee: None!

Winner Announced: April 15, 2022

Rules & Requirements


  • All submissions must be original works by the composer. Arrangements or transcriptions will not be accepted.

  • All submissions may be between 3 to 4 minutes in duration.

  • For submissions of works, all must be submitted as both a score and individual parts.

  • All submissions must have never been published or performed prior to their entrance in the competition.

  • Artists that identify as part of ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, Native American) communities or the umbrella of the LGBTQIA2S+ communities are encouraged to apply.

  • There is no age requirement for the competition.


  • ​All submissions must be scored for either the ensemble primary instruments or other flutes. Doubling/auxiliary instruments are acceptable, as long as they are within the full possible instrumentation. The list below defines acceptable options for seven flutists:

    • Piccolos (up to 2)

    • C Flutes (up to 7)

    • Low Flutes: alto (up to 3), bass (up to 3)

    • Traverso (Baroque Flute A=415, up to 3)

    • Recorders (soprano or alto, up to 2)

    • World Flutes (one from this list): Ocarina, Pennywhistle, Quena in G, Sikus (Andean Pipes) in G, Native American flute in F#

  • All submissions are encouraged to either include: (a) historical flute(s) (traverso recorder) OR (b) one world flute as listed above.​

  • ​All submissions must include alternate parts for any historical or world flutes to be possible as concert flute parts.

  • All submissions are highly encouraged to write non-traditional and/or non-Western extended techniques.

  • Audio tracks as part of the work are acceptable for any submission.

If submitting a proposal:

  • Submit 3-4 scores (two sets, one with no identifying marks) as representative of your overall work. At least two of the scores must be for chamber ensembles.

  • Submit a one-page description of the proposed work in detail. Include logistics of instrumentation, any extended techniques, subject matter/influences, and any other pertinent information to the proposed composition.

  • If a proposal is chosen as the winner, the final work must be completed by July 1, 2022 in time for August 2022 premiere. Should the work not be finished by July 1, 2022, the prize will be reduced by 50% and the remaining funds will be reallocated to the next Ensemble 126 competition.

For more information, please see the full competition packet.

Questions can be directed to info@ensemble126.com.