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CoMA Calls for Pieces

All our calls for pieces are part of our Open Score project, providing artistically challenging yet technical accessible works for flexible ensembles including amateur players. Submissions are welcome from composers of any age and nationality. Selected works will be available for performance by CoMA ensembles and included in the CoMA Open Score Portal, to be launched at the Contemporary Music for All Festival (27 February - 6 March 2016) which will promote them worldwide. Feedback will be provided on all submissions. Full details and application forms are available from Examples of successful Open Score vocal ensemble pieces are available on request.

Pieces for Open Score Ensemble

CoMA has secured a fantastic opportunity for composers to write a work for an Open Score Ensemble, and to have their pieces performed as part of the Contemporary Music for All Festival at Kings Place, London on Saturday 5 March 2016. Three selected pieces will be given a workshop performance by CoMA London Ensemble conducted by Gregory Rose. The selection panel will be chaired by Philip Cashian, Head of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Closing date 14 January 2016.

Pieces for Flexible Trio

CoMA is providing an opportunity for you to write works for a flexible trio and to have your piece performed as part of the Contemporary Music for All Festival at Kings Place, London on Saturday 5 March 2016. Six selected works will be performed by a professional ensemble comprised of Rebecca Lenton (flute), Aisha Orazbayeva (violin) and Sophie Harris (cello). Whilst the initial performance will be by professional players on specific instruments, the works must be suitable for playing by amateurs (grade 5-7) and on a range of instruments, including string trio and wind trio. Closing date 14 January 2016.


Following calls specifically associated with the CoMA Summer Schools in 2014 and 2015, there is now an open invitation for submissions for our ongoing Partsong Book project, under the artistic direction of James Weeks. Submissions should be 3-5 minutes in length for 3-6 voice parts in Open Scoring. We are looking for fresh, exploratory, experimental approaches to the vocal medium (not a traditional-style Partsong) and welcome non-conventional notation, unusual vocal techniques, speech, movement, auxiliary instruments etc. Open Scoring means that the pieces should be non-specific with regard to voice-part, and therefore suitable for any group of voices available: male/female division is acceptable if necessary, but nothing more specific. Bear in mind that voices may or may not be trained, and reading ability may or may not be strong: successful pieces will cater for the wide range of abilities and experience within CoMA and beyond. Selected works will be included in a published CoMA Partsong Book. Open call, no closing date at present.

Future Calls for Pieces

Each year we issue a number of calls for pieces associated with the CoMA Summer School. Works submitted provide material for workshops and composers attending Summer School receive feedback from composition tutors and professional performers. We will announce the 2016 Calls for Pieces towards the end of this year.

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