The Northern California Viola Society announces its 2023-24 Composition Contest for unrecorded solo viola works which have not received ticketed performances by professional players, 3 minutes duration or under, composed in the last 5 years.  The winning composition will be premiered by pre-professional level finalists in the NCVS Young Violist Competition in San Francisco, California, on March 10, 2024.  Composers are not required to travel to the performance.  There are typically 5-6 finalists, aged 19 and under with an advanced level of technical facility.  Works should reflect the ability level of the performers and offer contrasting sections with both technical and emotional challenges.  Preference given to compositions originally written for viola, not transcriptions.  No tape, amplification or other accompaniment. Composers can be any age or nationality.

Prize: $200 and feature article on NCVS website.

Deadline for submission: Nov. 10, 2023

Winner and Runners-up announced: Dec. 22, 2023

To Submit: Email your score PDF that includes date of composition and title but pseudonym for composer’s name to [email protected].  In the email, include composer’s name, title of work and contact information.  Do not send mp3s, cover pages, bios, poems, images, stories or anything not directly related to performing the work.  All submissions will be deleted after the judging.