Performance: April, 2020 concert of Cascadia works

Venue: TBD in the Midwest (Durward is based in Iowa), and eventually, possibly, Portland

Submission Deadline: 11:59 PM PDT, Monday, December 16th, 2019

Eligibility: All Cascadia members in good standing.

Instrumentation: Durward Contemporary Chamber Music Ensemble (follow link for more info): flute (bass to piccolo), 2 clarinets (A/Bb or Eb but only one bass), saxophone (baritone to soprano), trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, piano, percussion, violin, viola, and cello. No special theme, but they’re especially interested in works for the entire ensemble and want to include at least two in the concert. Works for a subset are also welcome, the larger the better. Works that include the reeds and flute are preferred. No instrumentation not covered by the list, please.

There is no fee for the composers selected.

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 less than 11 minutes long.

Submit the following through the submission form on the website:

1. Score in PDF format. Make sure nothing on the score identifies the composer. Include any performance notes. Program notes are entirely optional. Duration is no longer required on the score; enter it directly into the form in the box provided.

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 an MP3 player window or the link identifies the composer.

3. Text files in PDF format with your program notes, bio, or any other information pertaining to the piece which may be of interest to an audience. Please submit separate files for your notes and your bio. 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” box. Please do not submit complete program notes in the “Additional comments” box.

Selection process: A committee of Cascadia members, exclusive of anyone who has submitted a work for this concert, will select finalists to forward to the ensemble – about twice as much music as they need. Durward personnel will make the final selections and make an announcement by January 20th, 2020.

Final scores and parts must be sent to them by February 15th, 2020.

Questions? Please contact Jeff Winslow at