Musicqa Emerging Composer Fellowship

Application opens August 1, 2021

Musiqa’s Emerging Composer Fellowship identifies promising artistic talent and provides mentoring from acclaimed Houston area composers, and professional opportunities in an innovative, contemporary music chamber ensemble. 

 The Composer Fellow will receive: 

  • Mentorship from MUSIQA’s artistic board composers. 
  • A commission for a 4-7 minute work to be premiered at a Musiqa performance. 
  • A $1,500 stipend. 

The Composer Fellow will be responsible for: 

  • Attending all Musiqa performances and assisting on concert and dress rehearsal days as needed. 
  • Acting as an ambassador for the ensemble, especially on social media. 
  • Speaking at a pre-concert discussion. 
  • Developing documentation of your creative process in collaboration with Musiqa staff in order to promote the work and engage with new audiences. 
  • Engaging in virtual or in-person composition seminars with young composition students in Houston. 
  • Participating as a first round judge in the following year’s competition. 
  • Granting Musiqa limited rights to promote the resulting composition, including but not limited to possible reproduction on CDs, in our online library and elsewhere. 


  • Self-motivated with a strong interest in contemporary music. 
  • Have completed at least a Bachelor’s degree in music within the last five years, preferably in music composition. 
  • Live in the Houston area and have reliable transportation. 
  • Have basic knowledge of standard word processing and social media programs. 

Musiqa is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in every facet of its operations including its curatorial practices. The initial judging round of scores and music will be done blind. Judges will not have access to composer demographic information or resume during the submission review process. 

The following submissions are required to be considered for the Emerging Composer Fellowship. 

  • Two (2) anonymized scores or excerpts (PDF format only) with accompanying recordings (MP3 format only), each under 5 minutes in length. PDF and MP3 file titles must contain only the work’s title: files with titles containing the composer’s name will not be considered. 
  • Resume or CV (PDF format only).  
  • Completed application form and checklist. 

Applications and submissions must be received by August 14, 2021. Submissions should be sent only to the email address provided on the application form.  Application forms will be available on August 1, 2021. Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered. Selection of the fellowship will be announced no later than October 1, 2021. Musiqa will not retain any submission materials after the fellowship has been awarded. All submission materials will be destroyed and erased from our servers. Due to administrative limitations, Musiqa is not able to provide feedback on submissions.