Open Call for Canadian Work
Compositions must be received (or post-marked) by Friday, September 27, 2013 in order to be considered.
The Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (TSYO), TSYO Conductor and the TSYO Faculty are inviting young Canadian composers to submit a work for possible inclusion on a TSYO concert. The winning piece will be performed by the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra in their Winter concert on Saturday February 8, 7:30pm at George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts.
Open to Canadian composers up to the age of 35 as of May 1, 2014.
Submissions should be 5-7 minutes in length and should not exceed the instrumentation: 3 3 3 3 | 4 3 3 1 | timpani + 2 | strings and must include a minimum instrumentation of 2 2 2 2 | 2 2 2 1 + strings. Composers should take into account the placement of their work within the following programme:
Brahms: Academic Festival Overture
Liszt: Les Préludes
Dvořák: Symphony No. 7
Compositions should be submitted anonymously, with a pseudonym on the score, and the composer’s name in a separate sealed envelope. The composer’s pseudonym should be clearly marked on the outside of the envelope. In order to be considered, works must include the following:
- Instrumentation list (including a percussion list)
- Duration of piece
- Indication of whether the score is transposing or at concert pitch
Parts are the responsibility of the composer and must be provided in compliance with the needs of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra’s library. Scores will be reviewed by TSYO Conductor and the TSYO Faculty. Submitted scores become property of the TSYO.
The composer of the selected work will receive a $500 honorarium, and an archival recording of the performance.
Please mail your submission to:
Attn: Rachel Robbins,
212 King Street West, 6th Floor
Toronto, ON M5H 1K5
Open Call FAQ
May I include auxiliary orchestral instruments (contrabassoon, English horn, etc) in my composition?
If auxiliary orchestral instruments are already a part of the TSYO programme to which your piece will be added, then you may assume we will have access to those instruments. However, it is best to adhere to the basic instrumentation requirements as that will increase the likelihood that the winning piece could be performed as part of other programmes at future performances.
May I include non-orchestral instruments in my composition?
Submissions may not include non-orchestral instruments.
May I submit a composition that has been previously performed by another orchestral ensemble?
Submissions will not be excluded if they have been previously performed. However, we will not accept submissions that have already been commissioned or performed commercially.
Am I required to submit an audio recording?
An audio recording (midi, live, etc) is not required in order to be considered, but it is appreciated if you can include it as a supplement to your submission. If you have an audio recording, please mail your submission with a CD or send your audio file to Rachel Robbins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May I submit my score electronically?
We will not accept electronic submissions. Composers must submit a hard copy of the composition. Submissions must be post-marked by the deadline and late submissions will not be accepted.
If you have further questions, please email Rachel Robbins at email@example.com.