November 4, 2015 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Wild Shore New Music is a presenting organization dedicated to bringing adventurous new chamber music, with an emphasis on living composers, to the communities in and around Kachemak Bay, Alaska. Founded by three Alaskan-born musicians, Wild Shore aims to cultivate south-central Alaska’s new music community and support its already fertile artistic culture. Set amidst glaciers, volcanoes, 24-foot tides, and endless days of summer, Wild Shore explores how art engages the material and natural world.

This year Wild Shore reaches further across the nation to celebrate the influence of  America’s national parks on contemporary composers and musicians. In collaboration with the National Park Service, Wild Shore will present park-inspired chamber concerts in August, 2016 in Homer, Alaska; New York City’s Federal Hall; and Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Virginia.

The 2016 Wild Shore Players include clarinetist KEN THOMSON (Bang on a Can All-stars), cellist DANE JOHNSON (“staggering aplomb” —NY Times), percussionist OWEN WEAVER (Mantra Percussion; Concert Black), flutist KATIE COX (Hotel Elefant), violinist ANDIE SPRINGER (TRANSIT New Music), and pianist CONRAD WINSLOW.

Working with composers from across the country, the musicians and organizers hope to curate a varied and compelling program of pieces that reflect the culture, landscape, wildlife, danger, and transcendence of the national parks. This year’s programming will specifically consider the Park Service dual mission of preservation and conservation. How does instrumental music make us stop, look, and listen, while also modeling ways to move through and play with nature? What is the role of music in mediating the potential conflict between these goals?


  • Connection to a national park or the National Park Service mission through the ideas of preservation and/or conservation.
  • Duration of no more than 20 minutes. (Individual movements of longer works will be considered.)
  • Instrumentation for any combination of the following: Flute (doubling piccolo, C flute, and alto flute), B-flat clarinet, Violin (doubling viola), Cello, Piano (must be suitable for performance on electronic keyboard), and Percussion (drum kit, vibraphone, auxiliary percussion).
    • Works with similar instrumentation may be submitted if you can arrange the work upon selection.


  • Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Please submit a PDF of the score and a Dropbox, SoundCloud, or YouTube link to a recording of the composition to with the subject header WS2016 Submission.
  • Attach a file titled “WS2016 info LASTNAME FIRSTLETTER TITLE(for example, ”WS2016 info Messiaen O Réveil des oiseaux”) with complete contact information, any program notes or premiere information that may prove useful in evaluating the piece, and an explanation of the piece’s connection to the themes of this year’s programming.
  • Multiple submissions per composer are allowed, but each one should be attached to a separate email.

DEADLINE: All submissions must be received by 2016 March 1, 11:59PM. 
Selected works will be announced in 2016 April.

“Just feet from Kachemak Bay where you can hear the wind, the seabirds, and taste the salt in the air it’s really a pleasure to hear Wild Shore New Music in Bunnell’s space. It’s terrific to see the way these young Alaskans return and liven their connections to place through music and by expanding our audience for new music. It’s wonderful to see the cross fertilization that happens with our local musicians as they explore new sounds and new works together.”

– Asia Freeman Executive/ Artistic Director at Bunnell Street Arts Center