2025 WCFH Call for Scores: Percussion Quartet

The Women Composers Festival of Hartford embraces diversity of race, ethnicity, and ability. The mission of the Festival is to feature artists who identify as women, including transgender and gender-fluid individuals. The Festival is open to presentations from composers, performers, and speakers who are willing to confront gender and other intersecting identities in their work.

We are excited to have Excelsis Percussion as our 2025 Ensemble-in-Residence!  The instrumentation for this Call for Scores is Percussion Quartet, and scores must use four percussionists to be eligible.  Additionally, composers should not ask for two or more of the same instrument (e.g. a score should not require two drum sets, or two marimbas, etc.), but the selection committee is open to the inclusion of any of the instruments on this Wikipedia list and sound/visual electronic elements.  Works must be between 3 and 10 minutes in length.

Applications for the 2024 Call for Scores are open to composers who identify as women, including transgender and gender-fluid individuals.  Submissions will be reviewed by a selection committee, including the Ensemble-in-Residence.  A WCFH board member not involved in the selection process will remove identifying information to make judging more equitable and transparent.

This Google Form must be submitted by 11:59pm ET on Sunday, September 8th, 2024, complete with the application document found on our website (womencomposers.net/calls).  Decisions will be sent via email by Sunday, December 1st, 2024.  The Ensemble-in-Residence Concert will be part of the WCFH 2025 Festival on Friday, February 28th and Saturday, March 1st, 2025 at Central Connecticut State University.

The winning composers of the Call for Scores are required to register for the Festival, but are not required to come in-person to the Ensemble-in-Residence Feature Concert as we cannot currently offer a travel stipend.  However, we are asking for in-person attendance if it is at all feasible for those individuals, and expect virtual attendance if in-person attendance is not possible.

There is a registration fee for a festival pass for all participants. Last year, it was $75 for professionals, $50 for students, adjunct faculty members, and seniors [ages 55+]. Please note: ensembles (quartet or smaller) performing on the marathon pay one fee for the group, but all members may attend both days of the festival. Other arrangements for larger ensembles can be made on a case by case basis.

Please email us at womencomposersfestivalhartford@gmail.com with any questions.