Congratulations 2020 Scholarship Winners


Sponsored in part by
SMP Press at Sheet Music Plus
Composers and Schools
and through the generous support of Evelyn Nussenbaum and Fred Vogelstein

San Francisco Contemporary Music Players is pleased to announce our 2020 Victor Salvo Music Composition Scholarship for high school students. One San Francisco Bay Area high school music student will receive five hours of mentoring sessions with advising composer, Gloria Justen, a private score reading by San Francisco Contemporary Music Players of the student’s work, feedback from the musicians, and a video recording of the reading session.


Students can apply by submitting a video (2-min max) and a copy of a score that is in progress written for string trio. The video will describe the motivation behind the music as well as provide an idea for where the music is going and why the student would like to take part in this educational program.  Through five mentoring sessions, the draft score will be developed into an excerpt, a section, or a full piece that is ready for a reading session with a professional ensemble. Advising composer, Gloria Justen, will assist the student with the development of the piece, notation, and print preparation. The scholarship panel is looking for a student with a passion to compose and a desire to learn.


  • The score must be written for string trio: violin, viola, cello. 
  • The duration of the draft score must be a minimum of 30 seconds and no longer than 15 minutes.
  • The score can be any genre of music e.g. rock, classical, jazz, etc.
  • The score must be unpublished and never performed by a professional ensemble.
  • A student may include an additional part for electronics; however, if a student writes for electronics, s/he must provide the equipment for performance and perform the equipment him or herself.


  • 5 mentoring sessions with the advising composer during the period of June – Aug, 2020. Mentoring sessions will be a combination of online, over the phone, and in-person. If COVID-19 shelter-in-place directives are still in effect, the sessions will be entirely online. 
  • A professional score reading session by San Francisco Contemporary Music Players in the late summer or early fall of 2020.
  • Feedback of the performed piece by the advising composer and the musicians.
  • A video recording of the reading session.
  • A pair of season tickets to SFCMP’s upcoming season concerts.


  • Students enrolled in high school during the spring term of 2020.
  • Students whose permanent address is in the San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA or Sacramento-Roseville Combined Statistical Areas
  • Students available for 5 hours of mentoring sessions during the time period of July-Sep 2020. 
  • Students available for a reading session in late summer/fall 2020, in person, in San Francisco, and with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players.


April 15, 2020 at 11:59PST. The winner will be notified by late April.


Send an email to with the information listed below.

Please provide the following information in the body of the email:

  • Use the Subject line “Scholarship 2020 entry”
  • Address the email to “Dear Scholarship Committee”
  • Provide applicant’s information: student’s full name, grade level,  phone number, email address
  • Provide the name and phone number of the person giving a recommendation.
  • Provide the name, email address and phone number of one of the student’s guardian(s)

Please attach the following information in .PDF format:

  • Attach the score (duration min. 30 sec and no longer than 15 min)
  • Attach one letter of recommendation
  • Attach one high-res image of you (informal is okay!)
  • Attach a bio (max 150 words)
  • Attach one letter from a guardian stating approval of the mentoring sessions and approval to submit the video
  • Attach a video or provide a link to the video (max 2 min.)

For questions about this application please contact Lisa Oman, Executive Director at 415-633-8802 or email


(Q) Is it possible to submit a draft score for piano or another instrument and transcribe it during the mentoring sessions?
(A) Yes, but not encouraged. Try writing for the trio and the advising composer will help you develop the piece.


Gloria Justen is a composer, violinist and violist known for her dynamic, emotionally-charged performances. She has released two albums of original music: Four-Stringed Voice: music for solo violin (2008), and Sonaquifer: Music for Solo Viola (2018). Her composing practice emerges from her lifelong immersion in music as a performer. A graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Gloria has performed and toured internationally with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony, served as Concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia for six seasons, toured with the Philip Glass Ensemble, and played many works by other contemporary composers. Gloria lives in San Francisco and creates music for both traditional concert experiences and for electronic music settings.Learn more at



San Francisco Contemporary Music Players is the West Coast’s most longstanding and largest new music ensemble, comprised of twenty-two highly skilled musicians. For 49 years, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players have created innovative and artistically excellent music and are one of the most active ensembles in the United States dedicated to contemporary music. Holding an important role in the regional and national cultural landscape, the Contemporary Music Players are a 2018 awardee of the esteemed Fromm Foundation Ensemble Prize, and a ten-time winner of the CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. The Players have performed more than 1,200 works by over 600 composers; over 300 of these performances have been premieres, and the organization has commissioned over 80 major works including pieces from composers such as John AdamsJohn CageEarle BrownOlly WilsonMichael Gordon, Du YunMyra Melford, and Julia Wolfe. The Contemporary Players have been presented by leading cultural festivals and concert series including San Francisco Performances, Los Angeles Monday Evening Concerts, Cal Performances, the Stern Grove Festival, the Festival of New American Music at CSU Sacramento, the Ojai Festival, and France’s prestigious MANCA Festival.The Contemporary Music Players nourish the creation and dissemination of new works through world-class performances, commissions, and community and education programs. The Players perform the music of composers from across cultures and stylistic traditions who are creating a vast and vital 21st-century musical language featuring the work of iconic and emerging composers while shining a spotlight on works for large ensemble and California artists.


2019 Kellan Ta. Advising Composer, Vivian Fung

2018 Nick Main. Advising composer,
Kurt Rohde

2017 Wyatt Cannon. Advising composer, Belinda Reynolds

2016 W. Alyssa Deocampo. Advising composer, Ralph Burnett