Call for Flute & Classical Guitar Scores: Honoring Indiana’s Bicentennial (2016)

October 5, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Duo Sequenza invites the submission of scores for flute and classical guitar for a 2016/17 “Indiana Bi-Sequenz-ennial” Season World Premiere Performance at the Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso, Indiana on Wednesday, 17 May 2017 at 7:30 pm central time. We are specifically requesting works only by composers who live in, are full-time students in, or originate from the State of Indiana. There are no restrictions regarding age, race, or gender. There is no entry fee.

Works may be scored for C concert flute, alto flute in G, bass flute in C, and/or piccolo in C (one player) and classical guitar. Pieces involving electronics or tape will not be accepted at this time. It is permissible to require re-tuning of the guitar, between movements only.

Works that include extended techniques are acceptable, but all flute vocalizations should be well within an alto voice range. All text must be written in western alphabet, and phoneticized, if necessary.

Scores must be written in traditional western notation, or provide very clear English explanations on any non-standard notation used. Scores must be submitted in PDF format. Hard copies of scores will not be accepted.
Each submitted piece should not exceed 15 minutes. Composers may submit multiple works using a single email. All submitted works should be composed specifically for this project and Duo Sequenza. Pieces must be premieres and not previously performed. Submissions must be original through compositions, not arrangements.

Selected works will be performed by Duo Sequenza on 17 May 2017 in their “Indiana Composers Celebrate National Chamber Music Month” concert. Following the performance, works may be studio-recorded for future release. Selections will be made by Debra Silvert and Paul Bowman and may include input from a panel of professional composers. All decisions are final.

Please send an email to admin@DuoSequenza.com, subject: “Call for Scores.” In the body of the email, please include your full name, birth year, a 200 word (or less) biography (in English), and website link (if available). Include the following statement in the email: I understand that by submitting this (these) work(s) for consideration, I consent to its (their) live performance and recording by Duo Sequenza. I hereby grant permission for Duo Sequenza to post such recordings on various social media platforms including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and so on, crediting me as the composer. I further grant the rights of first (studio) recording to Duo Sequenza, to extend for a period of three years from the date of this email. I understand that I will not be reimbursed for travel to the 5/17/17 performance of my work. I retain all other rights as the creator of the submitted work(s).

Attach the following to this email:
• PDF of the score only with the title of the work and dedication to Duo Sequenza included. If selected, individual parts will be requested. Be certain the composer’s name DOES NOT appear on the score. Please name the file as follows: DuoSeqScoreTitleOfWorkHere
• 200 word (or less) program note with the title of the work in a MS-Word document. Be certain the composer’s name DOES NOT appear anywhere in the document. Please name the file as follows: DuoSeqProgNoteTitleOfWorkHere
• Scanned verification of the Indiana location of your school/origin/residence. Your name may appear in the scanned document(s) but the file MUST be named as follows: DuoSeqIndianaDocTitleOfWorkHere
• Additional scores and program notes may be submitted as above. Duplicate scans are NOT required, even if submitting more than one piece of music.
• An audio file of the new work(s) is welcomed, but not required. If you would like to submit a sound file of a read-through or MIDI rendering, please email us. We will send you a link to a shared Dropbox, where the sound file may be uploaded. The audio file should be named: DuoSeqSoundRecTitleOfWorkHere

All submissions must be sent by email to admin@DuoSequenza.com Deadline for submissions is December 31, 2016, 11:59 pm, Central time. Selected works will be announced by mid-February 2017. We reserve the right to refrain from judging incomplete or incorrect submissions. Once announced, all decisions are final. Questions may be directed to the artists at the same email address. Composers are encouraged to visit our website at www.DuoSequenza.com and our YouTube channel at http://tinyurl.com/SeeDuoSequenza to see samples of our work.

About This Project
Celebrating the State of Indiana’s Bicentennial, Duo Sequenza’s Annual Concert Series at the historic Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso, Indiana is themed “Indiana Bi-Sequenz-ennial!” The National Chamber Music Month Concert, to take place on May 17, will be Duo Sequenza’s “New Indiana Composers” concert, and will include works selected from this call for scores. The goal to create a performance of new works for flute and classical guitar by composers who live in or originate from Indiana. This project is an opportunity to engage new audiences, connect Indiana composers, explore and celebrate commonalities/differences, and to create professional bonds that may lead to future collaboration.

The preceding concerts in the 2016/17 “Indiana Bi-Sequenz-ennial” series consist of a fall concert, on 16 November, “Around the World in 1816.” This program places the Indiana’s statehood in an historical musical context, and includes the Midwest Premiere of Gary Schocker’s Crystal Healing, written for the 200th anniversary of Debra Silvert’s Laurent Crystal Flute. The winter concert, 18 January, will be comprised of Duo Sequenza’s first commission, Rondo Caprice, Op. 35 by the eminent Indianapolis born composer, Easley Blackwood, and Romeo and Juliet by Pulitzer prize winning Ned Rorem, who was born in Richmond. The second half of the program will consist of the World Premiere of South Shore Suite, a major commission composed by Jorge Muñiz of the Radcliff School of the Arts, Indiana University at South Bend.

About Duo Sequenza
Duo Sequenza is a professional performing flute and classical guitar chamber ensemble committed to developing new audiences for contemporary classical music while promoting the work of living composers. Debra Silvert, hailed as a gem of a flutist, and Paul Bowman, “among the best guitarists in the world,” specialize in making even the most challenging new music accessible to all.

Our thematic programs are designed to engage the imagination and entice new listeners into the concert hall. Initially founded in 1988, our premieres of American new music to Asian and European audiences received enthusiastic acclaim. After a long hiatus, we resumed concertizing and commissioning in 2015, and were honored to perform at the National Flute Association’s Annual Convention in 2016, featuring a premiere by Gary Schocker, written for Silvert’s rare 1816 Laurent crystal flute.

We believe classical music is for everyone, and that chamber music provides a non-threatening entry portal for neophyte concert goers. The compelling combination of flute and classical guitar is broadly appealing to those previously accustomed only to popular music. By presenting the highest level of musical artistry to our audiences, we can help awaken classical music’s transformative power in the general public, while broadening the national audience for chamber music in general.

Duo Sequenza presents three new programs annually in our home venue at the Memorial Opera House and tours throughout the U.S. Our listeners leave the recital hall smiling and humming!

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