SYZYGY and Artists for Animals call for scores

December 29, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

SYZYGY and Artists for Animals Call for Scores


SYZYGY, the contemporary music ensemble of the Meadows School of the Arts of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, offers a national call for scores for submissions of new and unperformed chamber vocal works with a specific theme of animal welfare and the general care and valuation of animals. The work will receive a premiere on the Artists for Animals Concert for Kindness on March 12, 2017 at Dallas City Performance Hall in Dallas, TX. This project will reinforce the mission statement of Operation Kindness as one that “advocate[s] humane values and behavior.” One winner of the call for scores will have his or her work performed on the Concert for Kindness at Dallas City Performance Hall by SYZYGY musicians performing jointly with musicians from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

The Operation Kindness Mission and Vision:

“The mission of Operation Kindness is to care for homeless cats and dogs in a no-kill environment until each is adopted into responsible homes and to advocate humane values and behavior. Our vision is a world where all cats and dogs have loving, responsible, forever homes. Operation Kindness is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and receives no government funding. All of our income comes from donations from individuals and businesses, adoptions, and fundraising events.”

The Artists for Animals Mission:

Artists for Animals is a group of creative people dedicated to sharing their most refined artistic expressions to benefit animals in need. Its Co-Founders are Erin Hannigan, Principal Oboist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Teresa Berg, renowned photographer.


$1,000 for one winning composition. A $300 travel honorarium will also be given to any winner selected from outside the Dallas area.


• There is no restriction on age of applicants.
• There is no restriction on stylistic or aesthetic direction, except to say that the work must communicate directly to an audience an unequivocal and sincere message on the topic specified in the “Purpose” above, no matter what stylistic choices are made by the composer.
• Text must be in the Public Domain or include a notice of permission from the copyright holder of the text.
• Works must be for soprano (A3-C6), piano, and one or two of the following instruments: flute, oboe, English horn, clarinet, bassoon, violin, and viola. For reference, here are two recordings of the soprano, Alissa Roca:

• Duration must not exceed seven minutes.
• Single- or multi-movement pieces are eligible.
• Works may have been performed previously, but preference may be given to works that have not.
• There is no entrance fee.


• One .pdf of a score (required) and one sound file of the piece (preferred) should be sent to Jessica Emery at jemery (at)
• Scores and recordings must be anonymous, submitted with a pseudonym on the score and any sound file data.
• Depending on the number of entries, adjudication may take place in two phases with the jury making recommendations for three finalists, including one winner, to SYZYGY Director Lane Harder and Artists for Animals co-founder Erin Hannigan.
• An announcement of the winner and two unranked finalists will take place after the first of the year.
• A cash award of $1,000 will be presented to the winner at the concert.
• A travel honorarium of $300 will be offered to a winner outside the Dallas area
so that the winner can attend at least one rehearsal and coach the work as well as say a few opening remarks and be recognized at the concert. The winner will be required to attend the concert.

• All submissions must be received by Jessica Emery by January 5, 2017 at 5pm CST.
For more information, contact Lane Harder: lharder (at)