2019-2020 Call for Scores

NAT 28 is pleased to announce its fourth 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 all of the following instruments: flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, percussion. NOTE THIS IS A CHANGE FROM LAST YEAR'S GUIDELINES.
- 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.

Performance Details:
A panel of NAT 28 members and outside adjudicators 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 Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:30 pm at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater (5941 Penn Ave). Composers of selected scores will receive an award of $200 to aid in their attendance of the event. They will also receive a high-quality recording of the concert.

To Apply:
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 instruments: flute, clarinet,
 violin, viola, cello, piano, percussion. 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 recording of the work may be included in .mp3 format. 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
December 20, 2019. Entries received after this date will not be considered.

7. Selected composers will be notified no later than December  31, 2019.


If you have questions about eligibility or the application process, please contact our Music Director, Brian Gilling at brian@nat28.org. Any score submissions to this address will not be considered during the adjudication process.