Victor Salvo Music Composition Scholarship 2019

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

SFCMP presents

Victor Salvo Music Composition Scholarship
for high school students in the San Francisco Bay Area
Application due: Mon, Apr 1, 2019

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San Francisco Contemporary Music Players is pleased to announce our 2019 Victor Salvo Music Composition Scholarship for high school students. One San Francisco Bay Area high school music student will win 5 hours of mentoring sessions with an advising professional composer, 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.


Students can apply by submitting a video (2-min max) and a copy of a score that is in progress.  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. The composer 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 3 instruments from our ensemble: Visit the following link to learn about the Players:
  • The duration of the draft score must be a minimum of 30 seconds but no longer than 3 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  • The score must be unpublished and never performed by a professional ensemble.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, 2019. The advising composer will be selected based to best fit the winning student’s musical interest. Sessions will be a combination of online and in person.
  • A professional score reading session with SFCMP in Aug 2019.
  • 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


  • Students enrolled in high school during the spring term of 2019.
  • 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-Aug 2019. Sessions will be a combination of online and in person.
  • Students available for a reading session in Aug 2019, in person, in San Francisco, with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players.

April 1, 2019 at midnight PST. Winners will be notified by mid April.


Send an email to with the following information:

Please provide the following information in the email:

  • Use the Subject line “Scholarship 2019 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 the 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 but no longer than 3 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

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

(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.


Now in its forty-eighth year, San Fracisco Contemporary Music Players is one of the most active ensembles in the United States dedicated to contemporary music. Led by Artistic Director Eric Dudley since 2018, SFCMP plays an important role in the regional and national cultural landscape. The most long-standing, continually-performing, new music ensemble outside the East Coast,  SFCMP has greatly contributed to the art form and the new music sector. SFCMP is a recent award winner of the Fromm Foundation Ensemble Prize, and a ten-time winner of the CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. SFCMP has performed more than 1,200 works by over 600 composers; Over 300 of these performances have been premieres, and the organization has commissioned some 80 new works from composers such as John Adams, John Cage, Mel Powell, Du Yun, and Julia Wolfe. SFCMP has 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.

SFCMP evolved out of Bring Your Own Pillow concerts started in 1971 by Charles Boone. Three years later, it was incorporated by Jean-Louis LeRoux and Marcella DeCray who became its directors. Across its history, SFCMP has been led by eight Artistic Directors and seven Executive Directors with continuous support and oversight by an active Board of Directors.

Previous scholarship winners and their advisors

2018 Nick Main
advising composer, Kurt Rohde

2017 Wyatt Cannon
advising composer, Belinda Reynolds

2016 W. Alyssa Deocampo
advising composer, Ralph Burnett

Victor Salvo Music Composition Scholarship 2018