Call for Proposals for New Concert Band Piece

January 27, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

The Mid America Freedom Band is accepting proposals for a new work for concert band with or without electronics from composers of any age or nationality. The 6-7 minute long piece should tie in with the four classical elements (earth, wind, water, fire). This new work will be performed on the ensemble’s 14th season’s spring 2017 concert. MAFB is Kansas City’s community ensemble of LGBT and allied musicians with 60+ playing members. MAFB provides opportunities for instrumental music lovers to share their passion of performance with the diverse community of Kansas City. It strives for excellence while promoting equality, fostering education, and celebrating the joy shared through music.

Composer can be of any age or nationality.

Cover letter with name, address, email, phone number, website (if possible).
Brief biography (approximately 250 words).
Written proposal for new work addressing how it will fit with the theme and the ensemble’s mission. A brief sketch of musical materials may be included but is not required. PLEASE DO NOT SEND COMPLETED WORKS.
Two sample .pdfs of recent works. Preference is for large ensemble works and those involving winds and percussion instruments. Sound samples or realizations of the works submitted are also encouraged but not required. A permanent, direct link to a specific .pdf or soundfile is also permitted. If the proposal includes an electronic component, one of the sample works must include electronics and be accompanied by a sound sample.
Venue has video projection capabilities if desired. Contact for dimensions, equipment parameters, and limitations.
There is no fee to submit materials.
Submit all materials electronically to by March 31, 2016, 11:59 p.m. CST.

After March 31, 2016 a five-person panel of the MAFB artistic director, board, musicians, and outside voices will review the materials.
A shortlist of finalists will be compiled early April, at which time additional materials may be requested of shortlisted composers.
By April 15 the committee will select one composer with which to collaborate on a new piece for band.
The new work and parts must be completed by January 1, 2017.
MAFB will provide the composer with at least a $500.00 stipend upon completion.
MAFB will rehearse and perform the work in Spring 2017. The composer is encouraged to attend rehearsals and the performance, but not required.

Piece must be scored for a concert band with the following instrumentation. Parts will have multiple players in most cases. Brief solos by any required instrument are permitted.

2-3 Flutes (optional Piccolo)
1-2 Oboes
3 B-flat Clarinets
(1 optional Alto/Contra-Alto Clarinet doubler)
1 Bass Clarinet
1(-2) Bassoons
(1 optional Soprano Saxophone)
2 Alto Saxophones
1-2 Tenor Saxophones
1 Baritone Saxophone
3 B-flat Trumpets
2-4 F Horns
2-3 Trombones
1-2 Euphoniums
1-2 Tubas
1 Timpani (4 drum maximum)
1 Mallet Percussion (Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Chimes, no four-mallet technique)
2-4 Percussion (no pitched percussion)
(1 optional Keyboard)
(Optional Electronics/Tape)

Piece should be graded approximately as a high “3” or low “4” on Alfred Music’s scale (

Any deviation from the above items must be approved by the Artistic Director.

Piece will be played on the same concert as these tentatively programmed works: Alex Shapiro: Immersion; Jim Mobberley: Fantasia on Earth Tones; Syd Hodkinson: Stone Images; David Maslanka: Mother Earth; Manuel De Falla: Ritual Fire Dance; Earth Wind and Fire Greatest Hits; among others. It should complement and offer variety to the above selections.

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