Johnstown Symphony Orchestra Commission Opportunity

Deadline for submission: May 15, 2021

Decision announcement: June 1, 2021

Laurel Arts and the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra (PA) invite composers of all ages to submit up to three (3) compositions for consideration. Composer must have a meaningful connection to Western Pennsylvania. 

Selected composer will receive a $1,500 commission to create three pieces, or a single piece in three parts, of around ten minutes in total length. The composition(s) may be scored for any combination of oboe, viola, and harp, but at least one piece or section must involve the complete trio.

Selected composer must commit to travel to Somerset County, Pennsylvania, for two days of visits and meetings, including to the Flight 93 Memorial and other venues, during the course of the composition process. Selected composer must also commit to submit final scores no later than August 6, 2021, be present for the final rehearsal and premiere performance, September 10 and 11. Travel and lodging expenses of up to $250 will be reimbursed for each visit.

How to apply:

Please submit a brief cover letter describing your interest in the project, your connection to Western Pennsylvania, and PDFs of up to 3 scores for any ensemble size or instrumentation. Please include links to perusal recordings, when available.

Please upload materials here.

For questions, please contact

No application fee required.