Call for Scores!

The Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra (MSO) is pleased to announce its third Call for Scores:

Composers are invited to submit saxophone quartets to be performed by the MANA Quartet during the 2020-21 season. Four winners will be selected to have their works performed, and all concerts will be recorded.

Of these four winners, one will be awarded the title of Composer-in-Residence for the season; a position that includes a $500 commissioning fee towards the composition of a new work for saxophone orchestra. Additionally, the Composer-in-Residence will lead a pre-concert lecture on their works, receive a live recording of their saxophone quartet, and collaborate closely with Megalopolis while composing a new work for the ensemble.

Guidelines:

ELIGIBILITY:

  • The Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra’s Call for Scores is open to all composers who are in the early to middle stages of their career and for whom this prize would represent a significant professional opportunity.

LOGISTICS:

  • Applications must be submitted through the form below

  • Application deadline: July 15, 2020, 11:59 PM EST

  • A Pay-What-You-Can application fee is offered this year. Every dollar goes directly to supporting Megalopolis and its mission as a nonprofit organization (a PayPal link will appear upon submission with further details)

  • Multiple submissions are not permissible

  • Scores must be submitted digitally in PDF format

    • All scores should include your name as part of the file (i.e. lastname_title.pdf)

    • Files shared via Google Drive/Dropbox link are preferred, otherwise scores can be submitted to contact@themso.org

  • Recordings are preferred, but not required (MIDI is acceptable)

  • Applicants will be notified of the results by September 1, 2020

PRIZES:

  • First Prize:

    • Named Composer-in-Residence for Megalopolis’s 2020-21 season, culminating with a new major work for the Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra in the Spring of 2021

    • Opportunity to present a pre-concert lecture on their works

    • $500 Commissioning Fee

    • Quartet is performed by the MANA Quartet

    • Recording of the composer’s quartet from the above concert is provided

    • Composer will be asked to submit head shot, professional bio, and recordings to be featured on Megalopolis’s website and social media channels

  • Second, Third, and Fourth Prize:

    • Quartet is performed by the MANA Quartet

    • Recording of the composer’s quartet from the above concert is provided

    • Composers will be asked to submit head shots, professional bios, and recordings to be featured on Megalopolis’s website and social media channels

COMPOSITION:

  • Total performance time for the composition is limited to no more than fifteen (15) minutes.

  • Works must be scored for four (4) saxophones:

    • (1) soprano, (1) alto, (1) tenor, and (1) baritone

    • No arrangements or transcriptions of existing works are permitted

  • Works must have been written within the last five (5) years as of July 15, 2020.

  • Works that have been previously published, performed in concert, or commercially recorded are welcome to be submitted.

  • Works incorporating prepared saxophone(s) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • At this time, we are not able to support works with electronics for the upcoming season.