The application for the Call for Scores is now open!
NAT 28 is pleased to announce the return of its Call For Scores for Pittsburgh-based composers. The purpose of this Call For Scores is to further NAT 28's mission of supporting a network of young composers from the Pittsburgh area and celebrating the creation of new music.
- The Call For Scores will be open to chamber works incorporating at least three (3) and up to the following seven (7) instruments: flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, percussion. Scores are limited to one part per instrument listed - for example, a score requiring two percussionists would not be considered.
- The duration of the piece must be no longer than twelve (12) minutes. Works can have been previously performed.
- No distinction will be made among applicants on the basis of nationality, sex, color, creed, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or veteran status, but this call for scores is for emerging composers. It is recognized that composers can begin their career at any age. Therefore ‘emerging’ is defined by the composer themselves though will be at the discretion of judges. Example definitions of emerging include:
- Currently in education or recently left
- Not receiving regular commissions
- Not holding a full-time faculty position
These are not exhaustive examples.
A panel of NAT 28 members will select three winning compositions. The selected pieces will be presented at NAT 28's annual Pittsburgh Composers Project concert. The concert will take place on Friday, March 24, 2023 at 7:30 pm at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater (5941 Penn Ave). Composers of selected scores will receive an award of $500 to aid in their attendance of the event. They will also receive a high-quality recording of the concert.
1. The Call For Scores is open to all Pittsburgh-based emerging composers. The composer must be living or studying in Pittsburgh and its region. The Greater Pittsburgh Area, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, includes the following counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland.
2. Each composer can submit up to two (2) scores, in PDF format only, of a chamber work incorporating at least three (3) and up to all of the following seven (7) instruments: flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, percussion. Scores are limited to one part per instrument listed - for example, a score requiring two percussionists would not be considered. Flute (piccolo/alto flute) and clarinet (Eb/A/bass clarinet) doublings are acceptable. Do not send parts at this time.
3. Amplification or electronics are possible, however the composer will be responsible for the operation of the electronic elements.
4. An anonymous audio recording of the work may be included. Recordings are welcome but not required.
5. The duration of the piece must be under twelve (12) minutes.
6. All submissions must be sent via the Call for Scores Google Form by 11:59 pm on
January 29, 2023. Entries received after this date will not be considered.
7. Selected composers will be notified no later than February 5, 2023.
If you have questions about eligibility or the application process, please contact our Artistic Director, Brian Gilling at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any score submissions to this address will not be considered during the adjudication process.