2017 John Donald Robb Composers’ Symposium – Call for Scores

May 16, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

The University of New Mexico and The University of New Mexico John Donald Robb Musical Trust are pleased to invite composers of all ages to submit scores for the 46th annual John Donald Robb Composers’ Symposium (March 26th to March 29th, 2017). Review of scores will begin July 1st, 2016

There is also a call for paper proposals. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) Music Cognition, Music Distribution, Composition Pedagogy (current and/or historical). Other topics relevant to the teaching, practice, and presentation of contemporary composition will also be considered. Paper proposals should be submitted by August 15th, 2016

Complete guidelines and the online submission form are available at:

[1] Composers may submit as many as 4 scores that fit into any of the following categories:

A. Pieces for 1-3 players drawn from the following:
Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Percussion, Violin, Viola, Cello, Soprano Voice, Tenor Voice, Baritone Voice, Piano.

B. Pieces for one of the following ensembles: [1] Saxophone Quartet, [2] Brass Quintet, [3] Woodwind Quintet, [4] String Trio (Vn, Va, Vc), [5] String Quartet, or [6] Percussion Ensemble (3-5 players).

C. Works with or without electronics for solo soprano, solo harp, or soprano and harp.

D. Fixed media works for 2 or 4 channels or live-electronic works which the composer performs. A recording is required for submission. If submitting a live performance work which has no written score, please upload a description of the piece and set-up as a PDF in place of a score. For live performance works, composers should plan to bring their own equipment.

[2] Pieces submitted should be no longer than 13 minutes. Composers are encouraged to include pieces under 10 minutes in length.

[3] Composers are strongly encouraged to submit recordings for the performers reviewing submissions. Recordings must be streamable links via Soundcloud, Youtube, or Vimeo.

[4] Scores must be submitted as PDFs (and not via online published formats such as Issuu).

[5] Each score (composers may submit up to four) should be a single multi-page PDF document. All score PDFs should be titled as follows: last_name first_initial [dot] piece_title [dot] pdf (for example : GubaidulinaS.StringQuartetNo3.pdf).

[6] Composers selected are expected to attend the Symposium at the University of New Mexico (in Albuquerque, NM) from March 26th to March 29th. Composers not attending the 2017 Composers’ Symposium will not be included on the program. Selected composers must provide all required performance materials (the Composers’ Symposium will not pay rental costs).

[7] Through the generosity of the Robb Musical Trust, there is no fee for submission, no registration fee required for composers who attend, and all events are made free and open to the public. Composers attending are expected to take care of their own travel and accommodations.

[8] Several of our performers and guests are interested in doing multiple performances of accepted works. Please indicate in the submission form if this is permissible.

[9] Review of submissions will begin July 1st, 2016. Decisions will be made and announced by 9/15/2016 or earlier.

[10] Total cumulative size of all PDFs submitted must not exceed 25MB. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. If scanning a large handwritten score, please limit resolution.

[11] For all questions, including any difficulties with the submission process, please contact the Symposium Administrator Eva Lipton at admin@robbtrust.org.