2016–2017 OSSCS Composer Competition
Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Chamber Singers are pleased to announce the 2016–2017 Composer Competition. We are excited to welcome submissions from composers of all ages, seeking new works for orchestra, chorus, and orchestra & chorus. One winner will be selected for a world-premiere performance on our May 21, 2017, subscription concert. The winner is encouraged to attend any and all rehearsals and will receive a professionally edited recording of the performance.
- Carefully read the eligibility and guidelines information at the bottom of this page.
- Complete the online application form.
- Submit your $35 non-refundable application fee by using this link:
or by mailing a check (payable to OSSCS) to:
Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Chamber Singers
PO Box 15825
SEATTLE WA 98115
by January 20, 2017.
- January 20, 2017: Postmark/online submission deadline.
- February 2017: Winner announced.
- March 17, 2017: Winner must provide all orchestral parts.
- May 21, 2017, 3:00 p.m.: Performance of winning composition at First Free Methodist Church.
- One legible score of one orchestral, choral, or choral & orchestral work that will not be performed in public prior to May 21, 2017.
- Scores submitted electronically should be in the form of a PDF file uploaded to any cloud-based internet service, with a URL provided to OSSCS. (For example, Google Drive and Dropbox both allow PDF uploads and can generate a URL for the file to be shared privately.)
- Scores submitted by mail must be bound.
- The cover should list the composition’s name, the composer’s name, mailing address, e-mail address and telephone number.
- Instrumentation should be listed on or near the first page.
- 11″×17″-size scores preferred.
- Please note: If return of any physically submitted materials is desired, include a suitable self-addressed, stamped envelope. All supporting materials remain the property of Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Chamber Singers. OSSCS is not responsible for any lost scores.
- A current résumé including educational background, major teachers, awards and professional affiliations.
- A list of other works composed, including title, year composed, instrumentation, duration and performance history.
- Program notes for the submitted work.
- A recording or MIDI file, although not required, is highly recommended. Recordings can be uploaded to a cloud-based web-sharing service, with a URL provided to OSSCS. (For example, SoundCloud and YouTube allow sharing of audio files, and can generate a URL that can be shared privately.)
Eligibility & Guidelines
- There is no age restriction.
- Each composer may submit only one composition for consideration. Only one work per composer will be considered.
- Only works that will not have been performed in public prior to May 21, 2017, are eligible.
- Works may be up to twelve (12) minutes in duration. At the music director’s discretion, sections of longer works will be considered.
- If selected, the composer must provide all orchestral and/or choral parts and a printed score no later than March 17, 2017. Parts and score must be clearly legible.
- The quality of the score submitted is the primary evaluation criteria. It is therefore in the applicant’s best interest that the score be clear, accurate, and the best representation of the composer’s work. Incomplete, illegible or late applications will not be considered.
8 Violin I
8 Violin II
3 Flutes [1.2.3/picc]
3 Oboes [1.2.3/EH]
3 Clarinets [1.2.3/bcl]
3 Bassoon [1.2.3/contra]
3 Trombones (2 tenor, 1 bass)
2 players available (one piano and one organ)
†Percussion instrumentation is limited to the following:
Pedal bass drum
Languages allowed: English, Latin, Italian, German, French, Spanish
‡Each voice classification may be divided into soprano 1 & 2, etc. for a total of eight parts.
Please direct any questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org