Calling Baltimore-Area Composers!

The Towson University Department of Music, funded by a grant from the College of Fine Arts and Communication DEI Committee, is thrilled to announce a call for scores for our concert series in the Fall of 2024, which includes performances at Towson University and in the Baltimore area.

About the Project:

This project is intended to highlight the work and experiences of underrepresented voices, and to respond to a DEI-related topic or issue. We are seeking music that tells stories, explores themes of identity, challenges our understanding of societal norms, and/or examines the contemporary landscape of DEI-related issues in a reflexive way. Scores could explore topics such as racial justice, gender equality, LGBTQ+ experiences, or disability rights, or the contemporary political discourse surrounding DEI-issues.

The scope of the project is as follows: The selected composer will produce a newly-composed piece written for a chamber ensemble of no more than 6 parts, and approximately 10 minutes in length. The piece will be learned, rehearsed, and performed by a faculty-led ensemble of current Towson University students and faculty in the Fall of 2024. The deadline for delivering the final score and parts is September 1, 2024. Please note that adhering to this deadline is crucial to ensure sufficient rehearsal time for the ensemble.

Who We’re Looking For:

We are seeking original and engaging scores from emerging composers of all ages, with a focus on those who are residents of the Greater Baltimore area and identify as belonging to a community traditionally underrepresented in classical music composition. We are particularly interested in artists with a strong point of view, who are looking to share, examine, interrogate or critique unique experiences of diversity, equity and inclusion. We welcome work that is bold, innovative, and challenges our assumptions about the world.

Applicants must be eligible to receive income in the US.

Guidelines for Proposed Score:

Instrumentation: The piece should be written for a chamber ensemble of up to 6 parts. This could include voice, strings, winds, piano, percussion, as well as non-Western instruments. The type of instruments is versatile, and we are open to acoustic or electro-acoustic works. Specific questions over instrumentation can be directed to the chair of the search committee at jgotoff@towson.edu

Duration: Scores should be between 8 and 10 minutes in length.

Subject: scores should explicitly or implicitly relate to the experiences of communities traditionally underrepresented in classical music composition. This could include exploring themes of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or other aspects of identity. We are open to creative interpretations of this theme, and welcome works that challenge or expand our understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

How to Submit:

In order to be considered for selection, please submit the following materials electronically by May 1, 2024:

  • 3 Examples of Recent Scores: Please submit three (3) examples of your recent scores in PDF format and recording form (live preferred, if available).
  • Brief Biography: Please include a brief biography (maximum 250 words) that highlights your musical background and experience as a composer.
  • Description of Proposed Piece: Please submit a brief description (maximum 500 words) of the piece you propose to compose for this project. This description should address the following:
    • The musical concept and inspiration for the piece.
    • How the piece relates to the themes of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
    • The specific instrumentation you envision for the piece. (This instrumentation should be within the parameters of a chamber ensemble of up to 6 parts.)

Other considerations:

  • Application is free
  • Applicants do not need to remove biographical or personal information from submitted materials.
  • Current Towson University students, faculty or employees are ineligible to apply.

Submissions can be sent to jgotoff@towson.edu or through the Google form (preferred) at https://forms.gle/Kf29H78qGLP3aGx99.

Selection Process:

A distinguished panel of musicians and music professionals will review all submissions. Selected composers will be notified by May 15, 2024.

Compensation:

Compensation of $1000 for the score and parts, as well as potential opportunities for recordings of the selected work. The selected composer must be available to attend the performances in the fall and should be present for rehearsals with the ensemble to answer questions and discuss the piece with the performers.

Our preference is that applicants are from or have some connection to the Baltimore area, but travel funding may be available if the winner is traveling to Baltimore from elsewhere.

Questions should be directed to the chair of the search committee, Joseph Gotoff (jgotoff@towson.edu). We look forward to hearing your music!