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Minnesota Sinfonia Calls for New and Unpublished Orchestral Scores

Minneapolis, MN, July 28, 2012 --( With the generous support of the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota Sinfonia is pleased to announce a call for new and unpublished (chamber) orchestral scores. Four works will be commissioned and premiered for the 2013-14 season, with composers receiving commissioning fees ranging between $500-$4,000. Details below.

Guidelines/Requirements for eligibility:

Submitted work must be a new, unpublished composition that has not been performed by a professional orchestra.

Composers must be native born or current residents of the state of Minnesota.

Work should be between five and eight minutes long (1- 2 movements).

Instrumentation can be no larger than the following: 1 flute (no double to piccolo), 2 oboes (no doubles to English horn), 1 clarinet (A or B flat, no bass or e flat), 1 bassoon, 2 French horns, 1 trumpet, 1 timpani player (2 drums maximum), can include ad lib percussion (drum set and a few auxiliary instruments) violin I and II, viola, cello and bass – no divisis for any of the strings

If ad lib percussion is included, it, and the timp must be playable by one person, and the percussion is not needed to give a good rendition of the work.

Work must include the full string compliment listed above, but does not necessarily have to use all of the winds and timpani.

Work can be an arrangement of another of the composer’s compositions, but the original piece also must be unpublished, and not have been performed by professional musicians in concert settings.

Music must be written in a “conservative” style, appropriate for a broad mix of audience members. Avant guard, and/or experimental writing are not acceptable.

Score must be prepared and submitted in finale 2011 or earlier, or Sibelius 7 or earlier. XML versions are not acceptable.

If the composer works in later versions of finale or Sibelius, then a clean pdf of the score and a good midi file can be submitted.

Compensation allocation:

One $4,000 fee for a composer that is well established, as determined by having his/her total output of orchestral works being performed more than six times by professional orchestras.

Two $2,000 fees for composers who are not as well established, as determined by having their total output of orchestral works being performed no more than six times by professional orchestras.

One $500 fee for a composer who has never had any of his/her works performed by a professional orchestra.

Deadline for entries is May 15, 2013.

All decisions are made by Minnesota Sinfonia Artistic Director, Jay Fishman, and are final.

Enquiries and submissions should be directed to Jay Fishman, Minnesota Sinfonia at Telephone: 612 871 1701

The Minnesota Sinfonia is a professional chamber orchestra whose mission is to serve the musical and educational needs of the citizens of Minnesota, especially families with children, inner-city youth, seniors and those with limited financial means. The Sinfonia plays concerts for over 25,000 people each year, and is the only professional orchestra of its kind, offering all concerts free of admission charges, welcoming children to every performance, and dedicating over half its services to inner-city schools. Founded in 1989 by Artistic Director Jay Fishman, the Sinfonia is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization supported by corporate, foundation and individual contributors. For more information visit or call 612-871-1701.
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