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2014 Call for Scores

The Keene State College Department of Music is offering a $1,000 cash prize to the successful winner of its 2014 Call for Scores. Composers of any age, residence, and citizenship are invited to submit vocal-instrumental chamber works according to the criteria listed below.


Submissions must be received by July 15, 2014

Application Fee

Composers are required to pay an application fee of $25. Click here to pay.


Please submit one full score, 4-15 minutes in length, for male voice (tenor or baritone) and 2-5 players from any subset of the following instrumentation. Instrumental doublings are not permitted unless indicated:

  • violin (up to two players)
  • viola
  • cello
  • double bass
  • flute, including alto or bass (one player)
  • clarinet
  • oboe and/or English horn (one player)
  • bassoon
  • saxophone -- soprano, alto, or tenor (one player)
  • French horn
  • trumpet
  • trombone
  • guitar
  • piano
  • percussion (one player)

Compositions must have been written within the last five years. Compositions may have been performed, but preference may be given to unperformed works.

Required Materials:

  • The items listed below must be emailed to
  • Please write 2014 Call for Scores in the subject field.
  • Please include the following items:
    1. In the body of the email, list the composer’s name, title and date of the work, instrumentation, and duration.
    2. Attach a pdf of the score. Parts will not be accepted at this time.
    3. Attach a pdf of a résumé or CV containing the composer’s contact information.
    4. Attach a pdf containing a one-paragraph bio of the composer (to be used in program notes) and a performance history of the work being submitted.
    5. Attach an mp3 recording of the work. Live performances are preferred, but if the work has never been performed, a MIDI recording will be accepted.
    6. In the body of the email or as a pdf attachment, provide proof of permission pertaining to the text.
    7. The application fee paid via the link above.

Role and Responsibility of the Composer

Keene State College’s Department of Music is committed to bringing new works to its campus, in an effort to introduce new music to our students and to help contribute to a long and successful lineage in the creation of new works. To maximize our students’ understanding and appreciation for these new works, we ask that the Call for Scores winning composer take part in a panel discussion on the day or evening of the performance at Keene State College.

This year, the performance of the winning composition will take place on Wednesday, October 1 at 7:30pm, following a pre-concert panel discussion. The winning composer will be asked to serve on this panel, to talk about his/her composition, and to interact with other panelists in front of an audience comprised of music students, music faculty, and guests from across campus.

The winning composer will be reimbursed up to $800 (in addition to the $1,000 Call for Scores prize) for travel and hotel expenses associated with his/her campus visit.

About the Competition

Each year, a different KSC professional or student ensemble may be chosen to present the KSC Call for Scores winning composition. The 2014 winning composition will be performed by faculty members from the Department of Music.

Submissions to the 2014 Call for Scores will be viewed by an in-house committee of faculty performers and composers. A winner will be announced by August 15, 2014.

An application fee of $25 per entry will be used to compensate adjunct faculty performers.

Past winners of the KSC Call for Scores, as well as Keene State College current and former faculty, students, and alumni, are not eligible to apply for the 2014 Call for Scores. Keene State College and adjudicators for the 2014 Call for Scores reserve the right to award no winner. In the case that no winner is chosen, all application fees will be returned.

Questions may be directed to Professor Heather Gilligan at

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