New Music Ensemble Call for Scores

Bowling Green State University New Music Ensemble 2016 Call for Scores

The College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University has a rich tradition of promoting contemporary music through performance, education and outreach. Home to the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, the college hosts the annual Music at the Forefront Series as well as the BGSU New Music Festival, now in its 36th year. Additionally, the college maintains a very active Music Technology program, offers a DMA in Contemporary Music with specializations in composition or performance and continually encourages its students, in all degree programs, to engage with the music of our time.

The New Music Ensemble at BGSU wishes to contribute to this tradition by offering a call for scores for performance on their spring concert.

Guidelines for the Bowling Green State University New Music Ensemble 2016 Call for Scores


Performance on the BGSU New Music Ensemble’s spring concert (professionally recorded).

Submission fee:



Composers of any age, nationality or institutional affiliation, except those currently enrolled in or employed by Bowling Green State University.

Important dates:

- November 1 (11:59pm EST), 2015 – submission deadline (received via submission form)

- November 13, 2015 – selected work/composer announced via email

- December 7, 2015 – professional quality performance materials due from winner (received via post)

Required submission materials (online submission only, see end of posting for details):

-1 PDF file of the score, clearly labeled (composer_title_score.pdf). Details below.

Optional submission materials:

-1 audio file, clearly labeled (composer_title_audio). Details below.

Score specifications:

-File clearly labeled (composer_title_score.pdf)
-8-15 minutes in total duration
-Instrumentation may be any subset of 7-16 players from the following list:
2 flutes (doubling piccolo)
1 oboe
2 clarinets (doubling bass or Eb clarinet)
4 saxophones total (S, A, T, B, multiples of one type possible)
1 bassoon
2 horns
2 trumpets
2 tenor trombones
1 tuba
2 percussionists (standard orchestral and wind ensemble percussion instruments available)
1 piano
2 violins
1 viola
1 violoncello
1 contrabass

-Works that incorporate electronics will be considered, include technical details in score preface
-Works that require a soloistwill not be considered

If submitting a recording (optional), please include the following information on the information document as well:
-Performing ensemble
-Date of recording
-Composers are encouraged to include timing cues (for example, 0:36-1:42) and correlating score location (page and measure number) for 1 or 2 excerpts that they feel are most representative of the work.

Recording submission specifications (recordings are optional):

-The file should be labeled clearly (composer_title_audio.mp3).
-MIDI mock-ups will be accepted, but are not encouraged.
-Please send a single, complete file (timing cues may be indicated on your information sheet). Works with multiple movements should be merged into a single audio file.  

Submission instructions:

Follow link below to submit your materials.


-One composition will be selected for performance. However, the selection committee has the right to decline any and all submissions for performance should none be acceptable for the project. The selection committee’s decision is final and may not be appealed.

Past Winners:

2015 Moritz Laßmann In die Ferne for 12 players

2014 Michael Quell Anamorphosis II (-Polymorphia) for ensemble in various spatial constellations

2013, Per Bloland Wood Machine Music for clarinet, string quartet, percussion and electronics

2012, Liviu Marinescu A-Gain for flute, clarinet, horn, percussion, piano, violin, cello and contrabass

Questions? Please contact:
J. Andrew Smith

Bowling Green State University Composition Area Graduate Assistant