Call for Scores: Rules & Guidelines

The Concerto Chamber Orchestra is based in Los Angeles, at the University of Southern California, and is comprised of both non-music majors and music majors who work to foster collaborative music-making and to contribute to the culture of the surrounding community.

Due to COVID-19, CCO has adjusted its Call for Scores Guidelines for the coming season. Composers may submit as many works as they choose, in as many categories as they choose, so long as they pay a separate entry fee for each piece submitted. Selected works will be performed in the 2020-2021 season.

All composers, regardless of age, nationality, etc. are eligible to submit.

Works will be judged primarily based on how well they fit our ensemble’s level.

DEADLINE: 8/21/2020, 11:59 PM PDT

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Submission Categories

  1. In-Person Chamber Ensembles (10 players or fewer)
  2. Remote Recordings (full orchestra or smaller, click track required)
  3. Asynchronous Works (full orchestra or smaller, works that are performable over Zoom, where exact synchronous playing is impossible due to variable delays in musicians’ internet connections)

Works may be written for indeterminate instrumentation or set instrumentation.

Any subset of the following may be used (the full ensemble may only be used for categories II and III): – – 3 + timp – harp, piano, strings (standard doublings for winds permitted).

While solo works will be considered, pieces for two or more players will be given preference.

Difficulty Level

Many of our players are non-music majors who studied their instruments privately through the end of high school, so please take that into consideration. There will be at least one advanced player for each instrument who will be capable of playing any solos.

Repertoire from previous concerts includes Holst’s ​Planets​, Mussorgsky’s ​Night on Bald Mountain​ and ​Pictures at an Exhibition​, Riley’s I​n C​.

Submission Details

Format​: Please email scores and parts in PDF format to ccocompetitions(at) 11×17 for scores (may submit 8.5×11 for a chamber orchestra score) and 8.5×11 for parts. Recording or mockup recommended with submission.

Once materials and entry fee are submitted, please fill out this form to confirm your submission details.

Prize: Performance of the work by CCO, audio and video recordings of the work

Entry Fee: $10 (through PayPal) per submission

Previous Winners