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 Fresh Voices XVII Festival of New Works
Summary:Theatrical works
Deadline: 01 May 2017
Date Posted: 14 February 2017
Details: Goat Hall Productions is an organization of singers/actors, composers and writers passionate about contemporary opera, new music theater and song. We are dedicated to producing works that reflect and define the world around us in all its diversity while shining a light on the human spirit. We seek to collaborate with composers and librettists in the presentation of new works, provide opportunities for classically-trained singers to perform new roles, program works that are multi-faceted, melodic and accessible, presenting all works in ways that are thought-provoking and life-changing.

The title of the show is “2017”. We are looking for vocal works that resonate with the times. Works may be in any form: opera, musical theater, individual songs or song cycles not to exceed a total performance time of fifteen minutes. Works may be in any artistic style and in any language (subject to the availability of singers). Multi-cultural/multi-gender works are encouraged. Complete works are preferred but excerpts from larger works will be considered.

Goat Hall will select 4-6 vocal works for performance at Fresh Voices XVII. There will be four performances in Vallejo, California, at Bay Area Stage on Saturday/Sunday August 5-6 and August 12-13. All performances will be at 8:00PM. There will be eight rehearsals per work and rehearsals will occur on Saturdays and/or Sundays. There will also be two Friday dress rehearsals at the theater on August 4 and 11.

The production costs for the Festival are covered in part by grants, donations, and ticket sales; however, these sources are not always sufficient to fund the entire event. For that reason, composers selected to participate may be asked to share in covering any gap in production costs for rehearsals and performances. Costs will be prorated based on the length and complexity of the works and the number of singers required to perform them. Selected composers will be advised of all costs prior to committing to participate.

All composers living in Northern California are eligible to participate.

• Submit a printed copy of the final vocal score of a work that has not been professionally performed. Composers may submit one work only. Works may include 1-5 voices a cappella or with piano accompaniment. Materials submitted do not need to be anonymous.

(Works requiring instruments other than or in addition to piano will be considered, but the composer assumes responsibility for
securing and paying the additional musicians. The musicians must be able to meet the Festival’s rehearsal schedule.)

• Submit one CD with a MIDI or live audio/video recording of the work.
• If you are submitting excerpts from a larger work, you need only send the relevant portions of the score and a recording of those sections.
• Submit an info sheet which includes the title of the work, the composer’s name and contact information including address, phone, email address and website, and a 250-word bio. The info sheet should also include program notes up to 250 words for the work or for any extracts being submitted.
• If the libretto or texts used in the work are not in the public domain, then submit a letter from the copyright owner confirming permission for their use.
• Mail the printed score, recording, and info sheet by May 1, 2017 to:

Goat Hall Productions
Attn: Harriet March Page
189 Rainier Circle
CA 95687

• Composers will receive an email confirmation that their submission packages were received.
• Selected composers will be notified no later than May 30, 2017.
• Submitted materials for works that are not selected will be returned.

Email Harriet March Page at

Goat Hall Productions Fresh Voices Festivals are funded in part
by a generous grant from the Anne and Gordon Getty Foundation

Summary:Opera Call
Deadline: 01 March 2017
Date Posted: 16 November 2016
Details: VONK is pleased to announce the Miniature Opera project. Composers of all ages and nationalities are invited to submit tiny operas with a duration of 2 minutes. Miniature operas about social change.

“Social change means that large numbers of persons are engaging in activities that differ from those which they or their immediate forefathers engaged in some time before.” Merrill and Eldredge.

VONK initiates productions on the edge of music and theatre.
The ensemble consists of Nicoline Soeter, composer and artistic director, Rianne Wilbers, soprano, Tom Sanderman saxophones, Erwin Muller, clarinets, Reggy van Bakel, percussion.

The Miniature Opera project will be developed in two ways:

3 selected miniature operas will be part of an online series of videos
5 selected miniature operas will be part of pop up (outdoor) performances
• Entries for the Miniature Opera project must be received no later than 01.03.2017;
• Composers of any nationality and age may enter a work;
• Submitted compositions should have a maximum length of two minutes;
• Compositions must be scored for four performers in the following instrumentation:
1. Soprano (G3-C6)
2. Clarinet in B-flat
3. Tenor saxophone in B-flat
4. Percussion: vibraphone, snare drum, small cymbals, hand–held percussion, a self-made instrument is optional;
• If a self-made instrument is used your entry must include clear instructions about building and performing with the instrument;
• The text should be written in English. It is the responsibility of the applicant to secure authorization and permission from the copyright owner(s).
• Entries consist of both scores (in c), and a set of transposed parts in PDF format;
• The piece must be feasible to perform without scenography, costumes or technique;
• Costumes are the responsibility of VONK.

You can send your composition to Only digital scores can be submitted. Please note that digital scores and parts should not contain the composer’s name, since the scores are to be judged anonymously by VONK.

The five members of VONK will select the compositions for the Miniature Opera project. Scores will be judged anonymously. Participants will be notified about the results. The results are final.

The deadline for submissions is 01.03.2017

 Sarasota Opera Request For Submission of New Youth Works
Summary:Opera for Young People
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 15 April 2015
Details: Sarasota Opera is pleased to invite composers to submit works for a new opera for possible production in November 2017 by Sarasota Youth Opera, one of the most comprehensive programs in the United States.

This invitation is open to any living composer or librettist, of any age, who is a United States citizen.

The submission deadline is Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at 5 pm.

Click HERE to download submission form

About Sarasota Youth Opera:

Since 1984, Sarasota Youth Opera (SYO) has given young people age 8 to 18 an opportunity to experience the magic of opera through participation in after-school choruses, Sarasota Opera mainstage productions, summer workshops, and the Youth Opera's own full-scale productions.

Regarded as a leader in the commissioning and producing of works for young voices, SYO is the only program in the United States committed to presenting annual, full-scale opera productions for young voices with professional musicians, direction, and costume and scenic design.

Since 1986, five commissioned world premieres and over 20 additional youth opera productions have been presented. Past commissions include:

2012 Little Nemo in Slumberland (music by Daron Hagen, libretto by J.D. McClatchy)
2004 The Language of Birds (music by John Kennedy, libretto by Peter Krask)
1998 Eye of Ra (music by Tom Suta, libretto by Diana Colson)
1993 Her Lightness (music and libretto by Polly Pen)
1989 Deadline

Our most recent commission, Little Nemo in Slumberland, featured over 106 young people and used a ground-breaking projection technology called SCRIBE (Self-Contained Rapidly Integratable Background Environment) to bring Winsor McCay’s comic strips to life. Since it’s 2012 premiere, Little Nemo in Slumberland has been performed by The University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, Tulsa Youth Opera, La Sierra University, and Pittsburgh High School for the Performing Arts.

In November 2014, SYO presented Dean Burry’s The Hobbit. Based on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, this classic adventure was brought to life with a cast of over 95 young people and 12 professional musicians on the stage of the Sarasota Opera House.

Both Little Nemo in Slumberland and The Hobbit performed to sold-out audiences.


-English Libretto
-60 minutes of playing time. One Intermission optional.
-10 to 15 solo youth roles in treble voice
-Optional 1 to 3 adult players. Adults may portray more than one character.
-SSAB youth chorus ensemble that is featured predominately throughout the work
-Chamber orchestration of no more than 13 instruments, may include piano
-Roles with specific physical requirements are best avoided
-Entirely sung (minimal spoken narration or dialog optional)


"Sarasota Opera is dedicated to performing classic works of opera in a manner that is true to the composer’s intentions. In the years that we have been doing productions with our Youth Opera, I have found there are few works of substantial musical value for young people to perform. In our desire to increase the repertoire we are looking for music that is rooted in the classic music style, reflecting how that music is written today without the influence of other genres such musical theater, jazz or other popular idioms.

"The Youth Opera was begun as a way to get young people interested in art music. The works we are looking for should help achieve that goal and be musically sophisticated enough to appeal to adults while still accessible to children."

--Maestro Victor DeRenzi
Artistic Director, Sarasota Opera


-Copyright clearance must obtained prior to entry
-Submissions must be unpublished works not currently accepted by a publisher for publication or rental
-Works may have been workshopped, but should not have received a premiere performance
-Works should show an awareness of the practical realities of rehearsal and performance
-Sarasota Opera will hold the rights for the premiere performances and one subsequent production


-Piano-Vocal format
-Minimum 30% complete (approximately 20 minutes of music)
-Submission must include at least one (1) chorus ensemble number
-Each composer may submit up to three (3) works
-Manuscripts should be legible if hand-written

Submission should include:
-Submission Form
-Letter of Introduction
-PDF of PV and Libretto
-Each score must have a title page containing characters, voice types, and brief synopsis for proposed work
-If submitted in hard copy, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for return
-Inclusion of a recording of work-shopped scenes, full opera, or midi recording is optional

If no entry is deemed appropriate, the panel reserves the right to not make a selection and no fee will be awarded.

Submissions May Be Sent To:

Sarasota Opera
New Youth Works Submission
61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236

Materials may be submitted electronically via this Dropbox link: Submit Materials.

If submitting electronically, please include “Composer Last Name, Composer First Name” at the beginning of each file name (eg: "Doe_Jane_Opera_Title").


September 2015 Submission Deadline
December 2015 Finalists Announced
May 2016 Finalists Submitted Completed PV
August 2016 Final Selection(s) Announced – Winner(s) Complete Orchestration
November 2017 Premiere Production


Composer $15,000
Librettist $10,000
Composer/Librettist (wrote both) $20,000
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