Call for Scores/Competitions

38th Annual Bowling Green New Music Festival CALL FOR SCORES

The MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts announces a call for works to be considered for performance on the 38th Annual Bowling Green New Music Festival, to be held October 18-21, 2017. The festival will feature the music of guest composers Steven Mackey and Sarah Kirkland Snider and others, performed by BGSU faculty, students and featured guest ensemble Latitude 49.

This year, we are seeking works for the following instrumentation:


Works for solo flute, unaccompanied or with piano

Works for solo trumpet unaccompanied or with piano

Works for solo piano

Works for flute and percussion duo

Works for brass quintet (2 trumpets, trombone, horn, tuba)



1.)  Composers of any age, nationality or institutional affiliation, except those currently enrolled at or employed by Bowling Green State University, are eligible to submit scores.


1.)  All submissions should be made electronically, and should include the following:

a.)  Full score in PDF format

b.)  If available, a recording (MP3 or WAV format) or link to a recording (via your own personal web site, SoundCloud, YouTube, etc) that can be streamed or downloaded online.

c.)  Contact information including name, address, email, and a short bio or resume.

Submissions via email ( are preferred. Submissions via DropBox, WeTransfer, or other file-sharing service will also be accepted.

Only one submission per composer will be considered for inclusion on the festival.

Exceptions to the electronic submission rule will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please forward any questions or concerns to MACCM Director Kurt Doles (

2.)  Entries must be received by Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 to be considered for performance.

3.)  Composers selected to participate must provide scores, parts and other performance materials at their own expense. Attendance at the festival is required; a small honorarium of $200 is offered to help offset travel costs.

4.)  Composers whose pieces have been selected for performance will be notified via email before May 1, 2017.


The 2015 BGSU Ohio Young Composers Competition


*New - 2015 Competition Winners:

First Prize - Joshua Arkangel, Ocean for two pianos

Second Prize - Alex Arman, A Mating Call for two flutes and piano

Third Prize - James Smith, The Will Within for trombone quartet


Purpose of the Competition

The purpose of the BGSU Young Composers Competition is to provide 6th-12th grade students in Ohio the opportunity to submit original musical compositions for consideration. The winning compositions will be presented in concert at the Bowling Green New Music Festival on October 24, 2015.

The 2015 Festival, will consist of approximately nine concerts of contemporary music, one of which exclusively features the work of young composers. Also featured will be a number of guest composers who will be present at the festival for performances of their music. The featured guest composer for this year’s festival is Jennifer Higdon.

Ohio residents in Grades 6-12, including those home schooled, are eligible to submit an original composition to the BGSU Ohio Young Composer Competition. Only one entry per student is allowed.

Types of Compositions
All entries must be original music written by the student. Arrangements of already composed pieces will not be accepted. Compositions must be the students’ own original works.

Submission Guidelines
Compositions should be between 3–6 minutes in length, and should be scored for 1-4 performers using instruments from the following list:

flute (piccolo), oboe, clarinet (bass clarinet), bassoon, saxophone (all saxophones), trumpet, horn,      trombone, tuba, keyboard instruments, and mallet percussion (maximum of two of any given instrument).

Winning composers should be prepared to provide instrumental parts with appropriate transpositions if requested.

Winning composers will receive cash prizes: 1st Prize: $500, 2nd Prize: $300, 3rd Prize: $200.

Winning compositions will be performed by members of the BGSU New Music Ensemble at the Bowling Green New Music Festival on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at the College of Musical Arts. All winning composers are expected to attend the Festival for their performance.

Judges will vote to select the top three compositions. Judges reserve the right to decide how many prizes are awarded. The results of the competition will be announced on June 24, 2015. Prize winners will also be contacted by telephone.

Application Procedures
Applicants will submit three copies of their score and a completed application form, which can be downloaded here. There is no application fee.

The postmark deadline for submission of compositions is June 5, 2015. Send submissions to:
    MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music
    BGSU Ohio Young Composers Competition
    College of Musical Arts
    Bowling Green, OH 43403

    Email submissions (PDF attachments only) can be sent to