SF Search – Under-30 Call for Scores

Posted by July 28, 2016

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SFCMP presents
SF Search 2016-17
Bay Area
Under-30 Call for Scores

San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (SFCMP) artistic director Steven Schick is pleased to invite applications for SFCMP’s SF Search 2016-17: Under-30 Call for Scores.

Composers from the San Francisco Bay Area who are under 30 years of age on January 9, 2017, are invited to submit an original composition that if selected, will be performed by the Players. Each composer is asked to submit a score no more than six minutes in length for the following instrumentation: piano, violin, cello and clarinet. The work should reflect the influence of composer Lou Harrison.

Three under-30 composers will be selected by a panel consisting of artistic director Steven Schick, composer Ken Ueno and two SFCMP Players. Each selected composer’s work will be read in a rehearsal on Friday, April 21, followed by feedback from San Francisco Contemporary Music Players musicians, artistic director Steven Schick, and composer Ken Ueno. The three selected works will be performed on Saturday, April 22, 2017, by the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players on its two-day Lou Harrison Centenary Celebration Weekend Festival celebrating the Harrison Centennial. Selected composers will also receive an archival recording of the work and a $500 stipend.

The deadline for applications is January 9, 2017.

Download Call for Score Guidelines
Apply by January 9, 2017

Questions? Call us at 415-278-9566 or email us (see guidelines)


Are there available doublings for the clarinet player, e.g., bass clarinet?
Yes, if the playing of the two instruments is by a single player.

Would the use of small objects and percussion by the ensemble be permissible?
As long as the objects/percussion can easily be played by non-percussionists and, if needed, the composer must provide them.

Can the piano be prepared?
Absolutely, as long as it won’t damage our rented concert piano.

How comfortable are the players with alternate tunings?
If the score contains alternate tunings, the panel would like to see the score before submitting it.

Is the full ensemble instrumentation required?