Call for Proposals!

To promote up-and-coming women composers as well as highlight and honor important American women, we are pleased to announce the Women of Note Composition Competition! The winning composers will each compose a new work inspired by the life and work of an American woman. These works will be performed by the Women’s Wind Ensemble (WWE) as part of UNC Greensboro’s university-wide thematic program, “She Can, We Can: Beyond the Women’s Suffrage Centennial.”


There will be four winners. Each will receive $1,000 and have their new composition premiered on March 22, 2021 by the WWE in the UNCG School of Music Tew Recital Hall. Winners will receive a recording of the premiere.

Application Information

Applicants should submit a sample composition that reflects their style and ability to write for chamber ensemble. Submissions must be sent via email as links (to websites or Dropbox/Box/Soundcloud, etc.), and must include a score in PDF format and a live recording or digital realization of the piece to by April 15th, 2020. Include a brief bio, headshot, and resume with your submission.


Winners will be announced by May 15th, 2020. Winners will, in discussion with the WWE, choose an American Woman theme for their composition, which will be due on November 15th, 2020. Premieres of the works will take place on March 22nd, 2021.

Eligibility/Further Information

  • All applicants must identify as female and be under 35 years of age, as of March 22, 2021.
  • There is no application fee.
  • The world premiere must be performed by the WWE on the She Can/We Can program.
  • Winning composers will consider the women who surfaced during the campaign for Women on the Twenty Dollar Bill. These include, but are not limited to: Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Wilma Mankiller, Alice Paul, Betty Frieden, Shirley Chisholm, Sojourner Truth, Rachel Carson, Barbara Jordan, Margaret Sanger, Patsy Mink, Clara Barton, Francis Perkins, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony.
  • Pieces must be at least 5 minutes in length. The suggested maximum length is 10 minutes.
  • The instrumentation of the WWE is flute/piccolo, oboe/English horn, clarinet/bass clarinet, soprano/alto saxophone, bassoon/contrabassoon, horn, and piano. (Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and saxophone are doubling.) Winning composers must write for a minimum of 4 members of the ensemble and are encouraged to write for the entire ensemble.