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Face the Music Announces Open Call for Scores


Kaufman Music Center's teen new music ensemble Face the Music announces its third annual open call for scores from composers age 18 and under!

Once again, in 2015-16, young composers are invited to submit pieces for Face the Music’s Call For
Scores. Selected composers will have their submissions programmed for reading and/or performance or will be asked to write a new piece for a Face The Music ensemble. Winners will be announced in June of 2015.

Details are below. For more info and a registration form, email
Scores will be accepted into early May of 2015.

Composers, not scores, will be selected. In other words, the exact piece you submitted for reading and/or performance may be selected, or you might be asked to compose something new for an ensemble that already existswithin Face the Music.

Over the course of the past two seasons, Face the Music player/composers have written and presented nearly 40 amazing new works ranging from quiet chamber works to massive, loud orchestra pieces. This year they are introducing Composer Lab, bringing together various opportunities for student composers:

  • Reading/recording sessions
  • 8-rehearsal rotations culminating in Composer Lab concerts
  • Programming on other Face the Music concerts throughout the season
  • Experience with the nuts and bolts of producing new music.

Reading Days, Rotations & Other Projects

  • Reading Days: We will select some student compositions for Reading Days, when players gather for a two-hour intensive rehearsal on a student piece that ends with a run-through that is recorded.
  • Rotations: Some student works will be selected to be rehearsed at a set time, for eight consecutive Sundays. At the end of the eight Sundays there will be a Composer Lab concert where the work will be performed.
  • Other performances: Some student works may be selected for additional Face the Music performances.

Qualifications for participation:

● Applicant must be under college age
● Applicant must be studying a musical instrument (see “if accepted,” below)
● If applicant is a current Face the Music student, past due balances must be paid
● Priority will be given to pieces that have not received a prior performance or reading (needs to be
a world premiere)

Application process:

● Applicants must complete a Face the Music registration form and pay a non-refundable $40 fee.
This fee will be put towards Face the Music tuition for 2014-15. If the applicant’s piece is not
accepted, and he/she does not participate in Face the Music, this fee will not be refunded.
● Applicants should submit their music as both a source file (Sibelius, Finale or Noteflight) and as
a pdf. Students should also submit an mp3.
● All files must be clearly labeled with title, composer name and date.
● All files should be emailed to

If selected, composers will/may be asked to:

● Play in at least one Face the Music piece during the 2015-16 season
● Make revisions or write a new work, if asked
● Meet deadlines for submission of final draft and parts
● Make themselves available for all rehearsals and performances of their piece
● Promote the performances of their music
● Work with FTM in recruiting players
● Work with FTM in setting up and breaking down rehearsals

Instrumentation - Students are encouraged to submit works for:

● Orchestra: (not more than double winds/brass)
● Jazz Band
● String Quartet
● Mixed chamber ensemble (no more than 10 players)

Examples of available instruments:
● strings
● flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba
● keyboard/piano
● percussion (timpani, mallet instruments, drums, small percussion)
● electric guitar
● electric bass
● laptop, samples, electronics, MIDI drum triggers

Selected composers may be asked to adjust instrumentation based on available performers.

Length: no longer than 10 minutes. Applicants can submit more than one piece, but only one piece will be selected.

Style/Genre: We are open to diverse styles and genres.

Results: Will be announced in June 2015

Scores will be accepted into early May of 2015.

About Face the Music
Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music is the only youth ensemble in the country solely devoted to the
music of living composers. Under the direction of Dr. Jenny Undercofler, Face the Music has performed at venues such as Merkin Hall, Roulette, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, and the Bang On A Can Marathon,
and has been featured in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Face the Music performs music for orchestra, jazz band, and improvisation ensemble; performs music of all genres, written by its own member-composers; and partners with the Kronos Quartet in a one-of-a-kind string quartet program.