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Brockton Symphony Orchestra Call for Scores

Opens: July 1, 2024
Deadline: August 15, 2024

The Brockton Symphony Orchestra is announcing a call for scores to be programmed as part of its 2024-2025 season. The Brockton Symphony Orchestra began in 1925, born from the desire of local musicians to perform the symphonic repertoire together in their community. The Brockton Symphony Orchestra is considered one of the finest orchestras in the Greater Boston area, has been called "one of the region's classical jewels" by the Boston Globe. The competition is open to all composers with no restrictions.

The winning work will be performed alongside works by J.S. Bach, Benjamin Britten, and Yangfan Xu. We welcome works of all musical styles, but the work should be accessible to an audience that enjoys traditional orchestral repertoire, rather than another type of specialized audience.


Details

  1. Instrumentation. Works should be for string orchestra (5.4.4.3.2). The orchestra consists of nine (9) contracted players, and nine (9) skilled volunteers.
  2. Duration. Works should be 5-10 minutes in duration.
  3. Electronics. Scores with works involving electronic elements are permitted. However, the composer must provide all equipment and/or services related to the electronic elements of the work.
  4. Number of Entries.There is no limit on the number of works a composer may submit; however, each work should be submitted as a separate entry. Multi-movement works should be submitted as single entries, even if movements are in separate files. (The submission process allows for multiple files per entry.)
  5. Anonymity. All submissions must be anonymous. Scores or other materials with names or other identifying marks will not be considered. Please remove all identifying marks from all materials (except the composer information page, see submission process below) before submitting. Please make sure no metadata including names or identifying marks remain in submitted files. No pseudonyms or code numbers are necessary.
  6. Membership. Composers wishing to submit scores must become "Whisper in Your Ear" (free) members of BNMI. This membership level is free. Please note that there is no discount for “Shout It Out” (paid) members for this call. Information on membership benefits can be found here.
  7. File Formats. The only acceptable file formats are:
    • For the score: .pdf
    • For audio recordings: .mp3 or .m4a
    • For video: .mov or .m4v
    • All other materials: .doc, .docx, .txt, .rtf, .odt, or .pdf
  8. Delivery of Music. Selected composers are required to provide electronic copies of the full score and parts within four (4) weeks of their notification of selection. If required materials are not received within the requested time frame, the work may be removed from the performance.
  9. Questions? Please address any questions to info@bostonnewmusic.org. Note: Please do NOT send submission materials to this email address as the materials cannot be submitted using this method. When submitting inquiries, please be as generic as possible, and do not include the title of your piece in the query in order to preserve anonymity.

Submission Process

Composers are asked to use our submission portal to upload the following materials (each as separate documents). If this is your first time submitting, please review our submission guide prior to starting the submission process. Please make sure you label your scores, recordings and information sheets with the correct file type during the submission process.

  1. An anonymous PDF file of the score.
  2. A recording of the work (not required but encouraged, MIDI renderings are acceptable)
  3. An entry fee for each submission. The entry fee for this competition is $15 for each submission.
  4. An information sheet containing the following:
    1. Composer’s contact information (name, phone number, physical mailing address, email address, and website URL, if any)
    2. Title, instrumentation, and duration of the work
    3. Work’s date of completion and premiere history (i.e. if selected, will this be a world premiere, a U.S. premiere or an East Coast premiere?)
    4. Performing rights organization (ASCAP, BMI, etc.) associated with the work and/or composer, if any
    5. Composer’s year of birth (for program information only)
    6. Composer biography and program notes for the work (maximum 300 words each), to be used if the work is selected.
    7. Link to a high quality headshot of the composer to be used if the work is selected.

To Apply:

Please click the submit button at the bottom of the page.


Helpful Hints:

  1. We strongly encourage all composers to download and review the BNMI Submission Guide ahead of submitting to this competition.
  2. The submission portal is not available without login credentials. Performers who are not existing BNMI members should not attempt to go to the submission portal without submitting a membership application first: http://www.bostonnewmusic.org/membership in order to create login credentials.
  3. Once your files have been added for each work, be sure to click “Finish and Pay” at the bottom of the screen. For those composers submitting pieces in more than one entry, payment should be made only after ALL entries have been completed. Changes may be made to a submission until submissions are paid for.

Click here to submit.

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