Performance: Saturday, May 14, 2022
Venue: Lincoln Recital Hall (Room 075), Portland State University
Submission Deadline: 11:59 PM PDT, Monday, February 21st, 2022
Eligibility: All Cascadia members in good standing for 2022 (don’t forget to renew), except those with works on our 9/26/2021 concert, Crossing Paths.

Instrumentation: Cascadia will engage a core group of five musicians: baritone with an extended high range, pianist, violinist, cellist, and percussionist. Any or all may be included. Acoustic and electroacoustic works are both welcome.

Cascadia will pay for up to four of these musicians per work. Additional / other instruments may be included at the composer’s expense (core performers must be paid at Cascadia rates). Composers may perform in their own works but will not be compensated. There will be no composer fee for this concert.

Works with visual, video, or dance elements are encouraged. Composers are responsible for providing media or additional artists themselves. A couple notes about hiring:

1. We continue to encourage including, as we are for this concert, BIPOC and other performers/artists traditionally underrepresented in the classical music world, as suggested by our statement of values included below.

2. If your work is selected and hiring additional performers/artists is a serious financial hardship, please contact Jeff Winslow at — we want to cast a wide net.

Concert theme / title: Collaborations 2022: Re/emergence

About half the concert will be works that were previously scheduled for the canceled Celebration Works concert in May of this year. In line with those, connections across traditional social or artistic barriers will fuel Cascadia’s re-emergence into a world changed by the upheavals of the last couple years. (Please note that some of the May works are by composers who also had work on Crossing Paths. These composers are appearing in two successive board-produced concerts only because of the concert cancellation.)

Submission procedure: Anonymous submission. Remove or blank out anything on the score or other submitted media which identifies the composer. Check authorship, copyright notices, logos, program notes, performance notes, and so forth.

Composers may submit up to two works, but at most one can be selected. Priority will be given to works that are 9 minutes or less, but all works will be considered regardless of length. The selection committee may select movements from multi-movement works, subject to the composer’s approval.

Submit the following through the submission form on the NewMusicEngine website, along with required info such as instrumentation, duration, and contact info:

1. Score in PDF format, including any performance notes. Make sure nothing on the score identifies the composer. (PDF files are limited to 5MB by NewMusicEngine.)

2. Recording if available (MIDI is OK if none is) in MP3 format. A link may be submitted instead, if 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.

4. If there are lyrics, you may submit them as part of the program notes, or as a text file in PDF format. If they’re not in English, include a translation.

5. Lyrics permission If there are lyrics that are not in the public domain, include a text file in PDF format showing you have permission to use them. Be sure to enter the author(s) in the separate text input box, even if the lyrics are in the public domain.

Selection process: A committee of Cascadia members, excluding anyone who submits work for this concert, will make all selections, which will be announced by March 7th, 2022. Final score and parts for the selected works must be available by March 14th.

Questions? Please contact Jeff Winslow at

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

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