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Call for Scores

We are always looking for new composers who are looking to partner with us. If you are interested in submitting a score, please contact us at info@nightingaleensemble.org

Young Composer Commissioning Program

Applications Due: December 4, 2020

Nightingale Ensemble is excited to announce our inaugural Young Composer Commissioning Program. We will be commissioning four selected composers to create a work for the ensemble as part of our larger project to create a partner piece for “Four Russian Songs” by Igor Stravinsky (see below for more information).

To apply, we ask that composers submit a pre-existing piece as a sample of their work; the four selected composers will be commissioned to write a new short work for this project. We welcome composers from ages 18-35 of all nationalities and strongly encourage people who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQI+, non-binary, women, and people living with a disability to apply.

The Project

The instrumentation for Nightingale Ensemble was inspired by Igor Stravinsky’s “Four Russian Songs”, a short but charming piece that draws music and text from traditional folk songs. We wish to work with four composers to expand the piece by creating a partnering composition for “Four Russian Songs” that also draws from traditional folk songs. We will ask these four composers to compose a movement for the piece that is roughly 3-5 minutes long written for 1-2 guitars, harp, flute, and soprano. Each chosen composer will receive an honorarium of $250. 

Application Instructions

  1. A PDF score as well as a recording of the piece to showcase a 4-8 minute sample of their work (please note that we are asking for a pre-existing piece). Any instrumentation will be accepted.
  2. A short biography that includes your previous work as a composer.
  3. A 300 word project statement that includes a folk song idea from which you would base a movement of the project as well as what you would change about the folk song to make it your own.

If you have difficulties filling out the application form due to a disability or any other reason, feel free to contact us at info@nightingaleensemble.org and we’d be more than happy to assist you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does it cost anything to apply?

When are applications due?
We ask you submit your materials by December 4, 2020 at midnight Central Time.

When would I hear back regarding the status of my application?
We will send an email to the winners in mid-December.

Does the recording have to be a live performance?
While live performances are highly encouraged, we will consider midi renditions if a recording is not available.

Am I eligible to apply if I am a student?
Yes, students over 18 are encouraged to apply.

Who should I contact if my question wasn’t answered above?
If you still have any questions, feel free to email us at info@nightingaleensemble.org.