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CoMA Call for Partsongs

After calls specifically associated with the CoMA Summer Schools in 2014 and 2015, there is now an open, invitation for new submissions from composers of any age and nationality 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.

A selection of submitted pieces will be performed by CoMA Singers at the EXAUDI Exposure day on 17th October 2015 and included in the published CoMA Partsong Book. Examples of successful Open Score vocal ensemble pieces are available on request.

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.Selected works are then performed by CoMA ensembles and become part of the CoMA Library. Our main calls are for flexibly-scored works (where the parts are not instrument-specific) as part of our Open Score project.

We will announce the 2016 Calls for Pieces towards the end of this year.

James Weeks

Full details and application form are available from library@coma.org. Works will be selected by a panel including James Weeks.

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