2016 Chou’s Annual Composition Commission Award

September 25, 2015 in All Opportunities, choral, Composers by mwhiteside

2016 Chou’s Annual Composition Commission Award

Soochow University (Suzhou, China) invites composers of any age and nationality to submit 1-2 work samples to be considered for the Chou’s Annual Composition Commission Award. The winner will receive a monetary prize of $2,500 U.S. dollars, international airfare to attend the work’s rehearsals and premier at Soochow University, and lodging in Suzhou while in residence in the fall of 2016.


The commissioned work will be a chamber piece between 7-10 minutes for 3-8 players drawing from the following instruments:

(1) flute (picc., alto, bass)
(1) oboe (English horn)
(1) clarinet in Bb (bass clarinet)
(1) bassoon
(1) saxophone (soprano, alto)
(1) horn
(1) tenor trombone
(1) percussion (orchestral and mallet)
(1) piano
(1) harp
(1) violin
(1) viola
(1) cello
(1) double bass

The work may also include traditional Chinese instruments (depending on availability of performers) and/or electronics (fixed or live – up to 4 microphones). Multimedia is not possible at this time.

Soochow University School of Music Faculty–artists will premiere the work. The premier performance will be recorded. The winner will also be invited to give a guest lecture on their music while in residence.

Those who wish to be considered for this commission award should send the following to soochow.chouacca@gmail.com by November 15, 2015:

1. Up to two scores in PDF format demonstrating the individual’s aesthetic in chamber music composition for at least three performers (please use LASTNAME_TITLE.pdf format)
2. Accompanying recordings in mp3 format (files should be no larger than 20MB – please use LASTNAME_TITLE.mp3 format)
3. Curriculum Vitae including list of works and contact information
4. Brief statement describing musical ideas and aesthetic direction for the proposed new composition (one page or less)

Hard copies of recordings or scores will not be accepted.

The winning composer will be notified via email before November 26, 2015.

Any questions may be directed to Dr. Robert McClure: robert@suda.edu.cn