Performances: Saturday Dec. 14 (7:30 PM) and Sunday Dec. 15 (3:00 PM)

Venues: St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in SE Portland

Submission Deadline: 11:59 PM PDT, Monday, September 16, 2019

Eligibility: All Cascadia members in good standing

Concert themes: CAE Yuletide: And on Earth, Peace. Please submit work that relates to the season, and if it relates to this specific theme, so much the better.

Instrumentation: (see link) is a 40 voice SATB choir with a long history in Portland, currently directed by Cascadia composer and University of Portland professor David De Lyser. Regarding style, David has this to say: “The choir does very well with and enjoys ‘stretched’ tonality – Ola Gjeilo, Jake Runestad, Joshua Shank, etc.” More straightforward work is welcome also.

Works may be a cappella, or include piano accompaniment. No other instruments this time around.

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 performed. Priority will be given to works 6 minutes or under (note: shorter than Cascadia’s usual calls).

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 an MP3 player window or the link 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 which 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, exclusive of any member who has submitted work to this call, will select a number of works to forward to director De Lyser. He will make the final selections and results will be announced by October 8th.

Questions? Please contact Jeff Winslow at

Thank you and good luck!

Jeff Winslow for Cascadia Composers (chapter of NACUSA)