Performance: 7:30PM, Saturday May 6, 2023

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

Submission Deadline: 11:59PM PST on January 23rd, 2023

Eligibility: All Cascadia members in good standing for 2023, except those who had works on “Crossing Paths 2022” or its “pre-concert” by Johnson Creek. You must become a Cascadia member or renew your membership before the deadline, or your submission will not be considered.

Concert theme: The theme will be derived from the works after selection. Many Cascadia members have been asking for a piano solo concert for adult performers. This is close — call it “piano plus”.

Instrumentation: Works may be for piano solo, or piano with one additional instrument or voice. Works with piano and two or more instruments will be considered at a lower priority. Mallet percussion (1 player only) may substitute for piano.

Cascadia will be hiring a baritone, one violinist, one cellist, one percussionist, and as many pianists as needed. Please note that availability of the paid percussionist and string players will be strictly limited so they are not overloaded. Any other voices, or instruments besides piano, including e.g. additional percussionists or string players, must be hired by the composer.

Electroacoustic works using these resources are also welcome.

Composer fee: Selected composers must pay a $75 fee for solo works, $100 for others, to help with production expenses. These fees are estimated to cover 15% of the total expense. The rest will come from ticket sales (our usual schedule) and operating funds on hand.

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 12 minutes or less. Feel free to indicate (in the form’s “Additional comments”) which movements (totaling 12 minutes or less) are preferred if excerpts are acceptable.

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 (without the author) as part of the program notes, or as a text file 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”, “[Denomination] liturgy” 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 February 6th. Final score and parts for the selected works must be available within a week of the announcement.

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.