Performance: 4:00 PM (earliest) Sunday, September 26, 2021
Venue: Leach Botanical Garden in Portland, Oregon (lower garden only)
Submission Deadline: 11:59 PM PDT, Sunday, September 12th, 2021
Eligibility: All Cascadia members in good standing for 2021. First preference will be given to member who do not currently have a work on the “Crossing Paths” concert

Instrumentation: Stereo sound media only. Please, no recognizable spoken or sung text. Highly processed text that is not easily recognizable is OK.

Concert theme / title:“Crossing Paths — New Music of Healing and Renewal — Duet with Johnson Creek” Bluetooth speakers will be placed next to where Johnson Creek flows through the lower part of the Garden. (Please see the photo accompanying the call.) The selected media will be played on the speakers before and after the concert, and are intended to create the feeling of a duet with the gently flowing creek (assuming typical local September weather between now and the concert date) for any eventgoers walking by. “Crossing Paths” is optimistically conceived as a “recovery concert” to celebrate the return of live music after COVID, but may also be structured as a socially-distanced event in the event that COVID restrictions are still in effect in late September. If bad weather forces the event to be moved to an indoor location, the sound installation will mostly likely be canceled.

Submission procedure: Anonymous submission. No score required.

Media must be at least 10 minutes, but may be compilations of shorter works. Media must be less than 20 minutes. Up to two works or compilations may be submitted, but at most one can be selected.

Submit the following through the submission form on the NewMusicEngine website, along with required info such as instrumentation (put “fixed media”), duration, and contact info:

1. Sound file: MP3 format is preferred for NewMusicEngine, but media presented at the event will be WAV or AIF format. A link may be submitted instead, if it’s more convenient or if your file does not upload for some reason. Make sure nothing in a media player window, the link or its landing page identifies the composer.

3. Bio and program notes, 200 words each or less, in the text boxes provided. These won’t be accessible to the selection committee. If there’s some aspect of your submission you feel needs an additional explanatory note, briefly and anonymously comment in the submission form’s “Additional comments” text box.

Selection process: Daniel Brugh is in charge of the sound installation and will make the selections, which will be announced September 19th.

Questions about the sound installation? Please contact Daniel at
Questions about the submission process? Please contact Jeff Winslow at

Thank you and good luck!
Jeff Winslow for Cascadia Composers (chapter of NACUSA)

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