Call for Submissions

TUTTI FESTIVAL, Denison University
Submission deadline: October 1, 2023

Denison University announces the tenth TUTTI Festival will be held from March 18-23, 2024 (with concerts primarily March 20-23, 2024), with festival composer Raven Chacon. We’re also excited to feature guest ensembles Wild Up, ETHEL, and UCelli.

In addition, Denison faculty, students, and ensembles will be available for performances. Composers may submit a maximum of two works, for the featured ensembles or for any combination of the following: fl, ob, cl, bn, sax, hn, tp, tbn, pf, perc, SATB voices, vn, va, vc, db, SATB chamber choir, orchestra, wind ensemble, bluegrass ensemble, and jazz ensemble. There is also the opportunity to collaborate with Dance and celebrate World Water Day.

Applicants may be of any age, nationality or location.

There is no established limit on duration but feasibility of performance will be a consideration. Preference will be given to works under 12 minutes in duration. Attendance at the conference is required of all composers whose works will be performed. Additional specifications found within each category. Composers may provide their own performers and should indicate such with their submission. If your work is inspired by or deals with water in any way, please indicate so on the form. Submit works in the following categories:

CATEGORY I: Wild Up Call for Scores / New Open Score Works

Wild Up is inviting composers to submit scores representative of your creativity — pieces that show your intentions conceptually, technically, socially, and emotionally. We’ll take a month or so to review your work and then select composers to write new works for the ensemble. As we’re playing these days in various configurations, with a flexible roster, we’ll ask that you write us new Open Score pieces, for 8 performers or less.

CATEGORY II: Works to be considered by ETHEL, Denison’s Ensemble in Residence (2 vn, va, vc). Works may be solo up to string quartet.

CATEGORY III: Works to be considered by UCelli, violoncello quartet.

CATEGORY IV: Instrumental works for up to two musicians. Works for solo instrument with or without accompanied to be performed by faculty or students. All standard orchestral instruments are available.

CATEGORY V: Woodwind only chamber music to be considered by Denison faculty and students (3-6 musicians).

CATEGORY VI: Brass only chamber music to be considered by Denison faculty and students (3-6 musicians).

CATEGORY VII: String only chamber music to be considered by Denison faculty and students (3-6 musicians).

CATEGORY VIII: Mixed chamber music to be considered by Denison faculty and students (3-6 musicians).

CATEGORY IX: Chamber instrumental ensembles for 7 or more musicians. Works for flute ensemble, fiddle ensemble, and mixed chamber ensembles to be performed by faculty and student performers.

CATEGORY X: Vocal music. Works for solo voice or voices with instrumental accompaniment. Works for soprano or tenor are particularly encouraged, although all voice types are available.

CATEGORY XI: Bluegrass Ensemble, to be performed by Denison University Bluegrass Ensemble.

CATEGORY XII: Small Jazz Ensemble. Works for 2-4 horns (trumpet/trombone/alto/tenor sax) plus rhythm section.“` 4 horns preferred, 5th horn (baritone saxophone) possible. Individually written drum part a plus.

CATEGORY XIII: Choral. Works for SATB choir, 36 voices, to be performed by the Denison University Chamber Singers.

CATEGORY XIV: Wind Ensemble. Non-concerto works for wind ensemble, grade levels 3-5, with instrumentation of no more than 2(+pic)13(+bass)1-4 saxes (SATB or AATB) -4331(+euph)“`timp-2 perc-harp-piano. Selected works will be performed by the Denison University Wind Ensemble.

CATEGORY XV: Orchestra. Non-concerto works for orchestra with instrumentation of no more than 2222-4331-timp-2 perc-strings. Selected works will be performed by the Denison University Symphony Orchestra. Preference will be given for works with single winds / brass works as well as works for string orchestra.

CATEGORY XVI: Electronic/Electro-Acoustic/Multi-media. Five-channel playback and video projection is available. Composers may need to supply other equipment. Submissions for live electronics, acoustic soloist or ensemble with electronics are also welcomed.

CATEGORY XVII: Composer-provided performers. Works for which the composer can provide performers will be considered. Please submit a recording of the intended performer(s) performing the submitted works (if possible). Unfortunately, Denison cannot provide funds associated with composer-provided performers.

Submission deadline: October 1, 2023. Only submissions made on New Music Engine will be considered.

Please submit up to two compositions for consideration. Submissions will only be accepted electronically through New Music Engine. Please verify all submitted links to scores and sound files. Materials sent by email or post will not be considered and will not be returned.

All composers whose compositions have been selected will be notified by December 15. Selected composers must provide all performance materials. Denison University will not pay rental costs or other fees relating to performance materials, performers, or instruments.

All selected composers are required to travel to Denison University (Granville, Ohio) for performances. The festival will provide some meals, extensive receptions, and discounted rate hotels. Composers are responsible for all other travel expenses.

For further information or any questions, please contact Ching-chu Hu at: [email protected] or Zachery Meier at: [email protected]

Visit the Tutti Festival Website.