Wild Rumpus General Call for Scores

January 24, 2015 in All Opportunities, Composers by newmusicscotland

Wild Rumpus is happy to consider pieces by young/emerging composers that match our instrumentation (or a subset of it) for performance by the ensemble. Our instrumentation is:

  • flute
  • clarinet
  • trombone
  • saxophone
  • piano
  • percussion
  • electric guitar
  • soprano
  • violin
  • cello
  • double bass
  • (optional) 1-2 additional instruments not included in this list

Composers who fall under at least ONE of the following categories are eligible to apply:

  • (a) Composers under 40
  • (b) Composers of any age who are not regularly commissioned by ensembles of national or international prominence

Application Materials
For each piece, submit:

  • Score (PDF)
  • Recording (MP3/video link) — some exceptions possible; please see our FAQ.
  • A bio (suitable for printing in a concert program) and resume/CV

There is no fee to apply.


  • Please note that this call is rolling. We’ll select pieces from the general call as needed, depending both on our interest in the piece and the logistical demands of our concerts.
  • Please look over our FAQ before applying. If you’re relatively new to applying to calls for scores, you may also find this blog post with tips for applicants helpful.
  • Pieces that do not fit our instrumentation (plus up to two additional instruments) will be disqualified.
  • Due to the volume of submissions this call receives, we will contact you only if we select your piece. Please do not contact us about your submission.
  • We accept videos for pieces for which no audio recording is available, or for pieces that contain theatrical, multimedia, or site-specific (etc.) elements that are best documented with video. We accept links to Youtube, Vimeo, or similar sites.
  • For pieces that do not have a conventional score, a written description of the piece is perfectly acceptable.
  • Electro-acoustic pieces are perfectly acceptable. (You probably figured this, but tape or other electronics with no instruments is not.)
  • You aren’t limited in the number of pieces you can submit.
  • We’ll definitely consider works submitted to this call for performance, but please keep in mind that the ensemble’s focus is on collaboration and commissioning new work. It’s possible that we may be interested in a piece, but not be able to program it, or not be able to program it until a long time after your submission. We also encourage you to consider applying to our Commissioning Project, which is our primary activity.