Performance: Saturday, November 11th, 2023 @ 7:30PM

Venue: Lincoln Recital Hall (Room 075), Portland State University

Submission Deadline: 11:59PM PDT on August 28th, 2023

Eligibility: All Cascadia members in good standing for 2023, except those who had works on our spring concert, Visions & Voyages. You must become a Cascadia member or renew your membership before the deadline, or your submission will not be considered.

Concert theme: Conflict & Resolution (to be interpreted broadly / as you wish)

Instrumentation: The Rose City Brass Quintet, featured at Cascadia’s 2022 “Crossing Paths” concert, will perform works written for the entire ensemble (two trumpets, trombone, horn in F, tuba). Works may also be submitted for any subset of that ensemble, e.g. trumpet duet, or trumpet, trombone and horn. Works may include a part for one percussionist, and works for one solo percussionist are welcome too. Cascadia will be hiring RCBQ and the percussionist. Works may also include a vocalist and/or pianist, but at the composer’s expense.

Composer fee: Selected composers must pay a $75 fee for solo works, $100 for others, to help with production expenses.

If your work is selected and the fee is a serious financial hardship, please contact Jeff Winslow at — we want to cast a wide net.

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. Scores or soundfiles / links with identifying information will not be considered.

Composers may submit up to two works, but at most one can be performed. Priority will be given to works (or movements if excerpts are acceptable) of 8 minutes or less. If excerpts are acceptable, feel free to indicate (in the form’s “Additional comments”) which are preferred.

Submit the following through the submission form on the 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), MP3 format preferred (WAV format OK). 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.
  4. If there are lyrics, you may submit them as part of the program notes, or as a text file without the author in PDF format. If they’re not in English, include a translation. Be sure to enter the author in the separate text box, even if the lyrics are in the public domain. Use “Traditional”, “Anonymous”, etc. if needed.
  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.

Selection process: A committee of Cascadia members, excluding anyone who submits work for this concert, will make all selections, which will be announced by Sept. 11th, 2023. Final scores and parts for the selected works must be available by Sept. 18th, 2023.

Questions? Please contact Jeff Winslow:

Thank you and good luck!

Jeff Winslow for Cascadia Composers (chapter of NACUSA)

Cascadia Composers uphold and embrace principles of inclusivity and equity in all our programming, for all our members and the community, in terms of gender, race, age, location, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status and artistic practice.