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2013 Call for Scores

The Keene State College Department of Music is offering a $1,000 cash prize to the successful winner of its 2013 Call for Scores. Composers of any age, residence, or citizenship are invited to submit works for chamber ensemble according to the instrumentation and other criteria listed below.


Submissions must be received by July 15, 2013

Application Fee

Composers are required to pay an application fee of $20. Click here to pay.


Please submit one full score, 4-15 minutes in length, for any subset of the following instrumentation (3-7 players preferred):

  • violin, flute, saxophone (tenor preferred), marimba
  • viola, oboe, horn, piano
  • cello, clarinet, trumpet, guitar
  • double bass, bassoon, trombone

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 2013 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. The application fee paid via the link above.

Role and Responsibility of the Composer

The 2013 Call for Scores is being put forward in conjunction with a campus-wide symposium at Keene State College, entitled “Finding Your Place in the Evolving Commons.”

To that end, the performance of the winning composition in this year’s Call for Scores will take place on Wednesday, November 6 at 2pm, following a panel discussion which will address the role of music in the evolving cultural commons.

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 a campus-wide audience comprised of music students, music faculty, and guests from across campus.

The winning composer will be reimbursed up to $300 (in addition to the $1,000 Call for Scores prize) for travel and hotel expenses associated with his/her campus visit.

About the Competition

Keene State College 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.

Each year, a different KSC professional or student ensemble may be chosen to present the new work. The winning composition of the Keene State College 2013 Call for Scores will be performed by faculty members in the Department of Music.

To that end, submissions to the 2013 Call for Scores will be viewed by an in-house committee of faculty performers and composers. A winner will be announced by August 15, 2013.

An application fee of $20 per entry will be used to compensate adjunct faculty performers.

Keene State College current and former faculty, students, and alumni are not eligible to apply for the 2013 Call for Scores. Keene State College and adjudicators for the 2013 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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Department of Music (Arts & Humanities)
Susan Walthour
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