Performances: During CAE’s 2022/23 season, most likely Dec. of 2022
Venues: TBA, but St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in SE Portland is a favored one
Submission Deadline: 11:59 PM PDT, Monday, July 18th, 2022

Eligibility: All Cascadia members in good standing for 2022

Concert themes: December concert is holiday themed. Others vary. Works that are accepted but don’t fit any of the 2022-2023 season concert themes will be held for use in the subsequent season(s).

Instrumentation: (follow link) is a 40 voice mixed choir with a long history in Portland, currently directed by Cascadia composer and University of Portland professor David De Lyser. Arrangements are acceptable, (as long as all copyright issues are cleared by the arranger.)

Works may be a cappella, or include (single) piano accompaniment, either solo or duet. No other instruments this time around. Divisi up to SSAATTBB. No soloists, but there may be solos from within the sections. (As a guideline, a solo shouldn’t extend through more than 25% of the work. [There won’t be any soloists in front this time.])

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 three works, but no more than one will be performed on a given concert. Priority will be given to works that are 6 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 MP3 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. You may submit lyrics with your program notes, or you may submit them as a separate file, for example, if they’re longer or they’re in a particular format. 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” box.

4. 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. Please submit permission to use source material, if it is not public domain, where lyrics permission is requested. (If both permissions are required, combine into one file.)

Selection process: A committee of advisory Cascadia members excluding any member who has submitted work to this call, along with director DeLyser, will evaluate all submissions. He will make the final selections and results will be announced by the end of September.

Questions? Please contact Jeff Winslow at

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

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