NYC Contemporary Music Symposium: Solo Timpani/percussion Call for Submissions

The NYC Contemporary Music Symposium seeks submissions for our spring 2022 event with Timpanist/Percussionist Jeffery Kautz. Held virtually, this event will be professionally recorded and broadcast on Long Island, NY. Each selected composer will receive a high-quality audio and video recording of their performance.


  • 4-8 winners will receive a performance and professional recording (audio and edited video) of their work
  • Finalist and Semi-finalist awards distributed at the discretion of the curation team


  • This call for scores is open to all composers
  • All musical aesthetics are welcome
  • Length, ideally, must not exceed 10 minutes
  • Works may be scored for solo timpani and/or other single-player configurations from available instruments
  • Works need not be premieres nor be composed specifically for this project
  • Up to three entries per composer are permissible, each requiring a separate entry fee
  • Non-refundable entry fee of $15 payable through a PayPal link in the application form

Submission Instructions:

  • Apply HERE.
  • This call is not anonymous
  • Recordings/MIDI files are highly recommended but not required

Available instruments (solo works only, but multiple instruments permissible):

Set of 6 timpani
4 1/3 octave marimba (A1 to C4)
Xylophone (F3 to C7)
Snare drum
Concert bass drum
Triangles (set of 4, ranging from large to small)
Suspended cymbal
Cow bells (set of 2)
Slide whistle
Go-go bells
Concert toms (set of 2)
Splash cymbal
Swish cymbal
Crash cymbal
Ride cymbal
High hats
Bongos (set of 2)
Congas (set of 2)
Timbales (set of 2)
Wood block

About Timpanist/Percussionist Jeffery Kautz:

Award-winning timpanist Jeffrey Kautz is very passionate and moved by the timpani. Jeffrey attained a Master of Music degree in Timpani Performance from NYU Steinhardt in 2019 where he studied under Jonathan Haas and Jason Haaheim. He graduated from Mannes School of Music in 2017 with a Bachelor of Music degree with Honors in Percussion Performance. Jeffrey is currently Principal Timpanist of the Massapequa Philharmonic, New Jersey Sinfonietta, Amore Opera Orchestra and the Apotheosis Opera Orchestra. He is also currently Principal Percussionist of the South Shore Symphony Orchestra and was an Actor Drummer on the HBO Series Plot Against America. Mr. Kautz has won 15 prizes and awards in timpani competitions. The prizes are: 1st Prize 2021 “Citta Di Massa” International Competition Soloists Section Percussion Category, Second Place 2021 American Music Talent Competition Percussion Category, Bronze Third Prize 2020-2021 Canadian International Music Competition Young Artist Category, Champion Winner 2020 ASCO International Music Competition W3 Senior Group, First Prize Autumn 2020 North International Online Music Competition Category IX, Semi-Finalist 2021 The American Prize Instrumental Soloists Competition Professional Division, Gold Star 2020 Music & Stars Awards Online Classical Music Competition Winds Emergent Category, First Prize 2020 International Music Competition ‘Bonn’ Grand Prize Virtuoso Senior Category, First Prize 2020 International Music Competition ‘Salzburg’ Grand Prize Virtuoso Senior Category, First Place 2020 American Protégé International Concerto Competition (based in NYC) College Students and Professional Musicians Group, Won the Brilliant Award 2020 Brilliant Talent Discovery Awards International Music Competition (based in Singapore) for the Senior Category, Second Place 2020 Quebec Online International Music Competition Professional Category Solo Division, First Prize 2018 New York International Percussion Competition Timpani Division I, Winner 2017 Mannes Concerto Competition performing Michael Daugherty’s Raise the Roof as solo timpanist with the Mannes Orchestra, and Winner of the College Age Group 2015 Philadelphia International Music Festival Concerto Competition performing the 1st Movement of William Kraft’s Timpani Concerto No. 1.