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 OSSIA 2018-2019 International Call for Scores
Summary:Competition 3–20 players
Deadline: 01 December 2018
Date Posted: 31 October 2018
Details: OSSIA New Music:
2018–19 International Call for Scores

DECEMBER 1st, 2018 at 11:59PM US Eastern Time

OSSIA New Music, the student-run new music organization at the Eastman School of Music, is pleased to announce a call for scores for our 2018–2019 International Composition Prize. The prize-winning work will be presented by Eastman student performers on the final concert of OSSIA New Music’s 2018–2019 season, on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Composers age 35 and under, as of July 1st, 2019, of all nationalities, are encouraged to apply. There is no entry fee, and works may have been previously performed (detailed guidelines below). Current Eastman students, alumni of Eastman’s Composition Program, and composers who have been full-time composition faculty at a college or university for more than three years are ineligible to apply.

The submitted compositions should be scored for a chamber ensemble (detailed guidelines below). OSSIA invites the submission of works involving unusual performative demands; composers are encouraged to view our current season program (

A panel consisting of members of OSSIA New Music will evaluate the pieces and choose the winning entry. All applications must be completed and received by DECEMBER 1st, 2018. The winning entry will be announced by FEBRUARY 1st, 2018.

The submitted work should be 5–12 minutes in duration.

The number of performers should be 3–20 players. The use of electronics (i.e. audio playback or live processing) with instruments is acceptable. If submitting a work with electronics, please provide documentation describing how processing and diffusion needs to be done.

The following instruments are available:

Flute (Piccolo, C, Alto, Bass) (2)
Oboe/English horn (2)
Clarinet [E-flat, B-flat, A, Bass, Contrabass] (2)
Saxophone [Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone] (4)
Bassoon/Contrabassoon (2)
Horn (2)
Trumpet (2)
Tenor/Bass Trombone (1)

Euphonium (1)

Tuba (1)
Percussion; please see appendix for available instruments (up to 4 percussionists)

Harp (1)

Guitar (1)

Piano [2 players, 1-2 pianos]

Keyboard synthesizer/Harpsichord/Celesta (1)
Voice [Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Bass] (2)
Violin (2)
Viola (2)
Cello (2)
Contrabass (4 string, 5 string) (2)


–Works should be between 5–12 minutes in duration.
–Works of any style, aesthetic, and notation will be considered.
–Only one entry per composer.
–Submissions may have been performed previously, but pieces that have been performed and/or recorded by a professional ensemble should not be submitted.
–Previous winners of the OSSIA Call for Scores are ineligible.
–No information that indicates or suggests the name or affiliation of the composer can appear anywhere on the score or recording of submitted work.
–Scores and recordings should be uploaded to a cloud sharing service such as Dropbox or Google Drive and links should be provided on the entry form.
–The composer of the winning entry is strongly encouraged to attend the performance of their piece on May 1, 2019, but attendance is not required.
–A travel stipend of up to $500 will be provided, in addition to a $500 honorarium.

The submission process is entirely online. Please follow the directions below to ensure that your application is successfully received. If you have any questions about the submission process or our rules and guidelines please email

1) Prepare an anonymous PDF score (with filename format TITLE_OSSIA.pdf) and, optionally, an anonymous MP3 recording (with matching filename format TITLE_OSSIA.mp3) of your work. All indications of the composer’s identity, affiliation, or performing ensemble must be removed. Recordings are strongly encouraged, though submissions without recordings will be accepted.
2) Upload the score and recording to an online file sharing service (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.)
3) Prepare a 200-word biography to be pasted into submission form. (Biographies will be used when announcing the winning composer and will not be visible to the selection committee).
4) Submissions will be handled by a third party to ensure anonymity. For questions and information, please write to
5) Submit your information and materials here:

Percussion instruments available:
1 Vibraphone
1 Marimba (5.0, 4.3)
2 Glockenspiel
Timpani (32, 29, 26, 23)
4 Snare drum
1 Bass drum
4 Cymbals
3 Wood blocks
4 Triangle
Bongo (2 sets)
3 Congas
4 Tambourine
1 Xylophone
2 Shakers
Claves (2 sets)
4 Maracas (2 pairs)
1 Guiro
1 Rain stick
1 Ratchet
2 Anvil
3 Glass bottles
Crotales (2 octaves)
2 Cowbell
1 Chimes
1 Tam-tam
3 Thai gongs