2020 Composer Competition: Call for Scores!

The Uncommon Music Festival is seeking a new work to perform and record during its 2020 Festival in Sitka, Alaska. Pieces should be written for SATB vocal quartet (no divisi) a cappella or with piano or guitar accompaniment, have a duration of 3-5 minutes, and set English text.

The Uncommon Music Festival supports diversity in classical music. We welcome submissions from composers of any age and experience level, and we encourage submissions from those who are underrepresented in classical music.

 Compositions must fit the following criteria:

  • Scored for SATB vocal quartet (no divisi) with optional piano or guitar accompaniment

  • 3-5 minutes in length

  • English text

  • Pieces which have received public performance are eligible

The winner of the Composer Competition will receive:

  • A live performance at the 2020 Uncommon Music Festival

  • A high-quality audio recording

  • A $750 cash prize

  • Guaranteed publishing by Performer’s Edition

The composition can set any text, as long as that text is in English and used with permission. It may deal with any subject matter.

Note that the Festival reserves the right to freely distribute any recordings of selected compositions through physical or online media. Royalties from paid distribution will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • A PDF of the score

  • An MP3 rendering (audio created by notation software is fine)

If your piece contains divisi, you must submit a note in the application that details how you would adapt the piece for vocal quartet. Any pieces with divisi without such a note will be immediately disqualified.

Applicants will be notified of the decision by May 1, 2020.

Learn about past winners here.

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