Composition & Electronic Music Studio

2020 International New-Music Festival

Attn: Composers




July 15, 2019 – Tampa, FL

Email contact: Eunmi Ko,

Online Composition Submission Form:




Winner Notification: November 18, 2019* selected composers will be informed by email individually.

Registration Fee Due Date: December 6, 2019

Festival Dates: April 3-4, 2020

Guest Composer: David Rakowski


The 4th biennial International New Music Festival will be held April 3-4, 2020 at the University of South Florida’s campus in Tampa, Florida. The festival will present four to five concerts programming works by David Rakowski and 35-40 composers selected from the call for scores. The festival concerts will feature guest vocalist Thea Lobo, guest violinist Sini Virtanen, guest saxophonist Doug O’Connor, and guest flutist Kenneth Cox. The final concert will feature the award-winning ensemble McCormick Percussion Group and the world premiere of a concerto for violin and percussion ensemble by Hilary Tann and a concerto for flute and percussion ensemble by Baljinder Sekhon. 


Participant Eligibility:

1. Composers of any nationality and age are encouraged to apply.


2. Selected participants are required to attend the festival.  However, the USF School of Music cannot provide any travel or lodging funding for selected participants.*


3. If selected, a registration fee of $60 will be due by December 13, 2019 to secure participation in the festival. 

*Registration fees are non-refundable. However, in the event that the New Music Festival is cancelled, in whole or in part, the New Music Consortium will issue refunds to all affected composers. This policy does not include cancellation of performances of pieces due to the lack of availability of performers, either those supplied by the composers or requested from USF’s faculty and student body. Furthermore, all expenses incurred by invited composers, such as those required for travel, lodging, and incidentals, are at the risk of the composer and are not covered by any refund policy issued by the University of South Florida or by the New Music Consortium or any constituent member thereof.


4. Students currently enrolled at the University of South Florida are not eligible.


5. A maximum of two USF alumni will be selected for the festival: one in each category of acoustic composition and electronic composition.


6. Requirements and submission procedures for each category are outlined below.

The NMC will assist with travel arrangements to and from the airport in Tampa if needed and provide lodging discounts through USF where possible. The NMC will provide a formal invitation for those seeking financial assistance from their institution, if needed. The New-Music Consortium will make every effort to provide home stays for student composers, but this is not guaranteed.






Composition Eligibility:

-       All submissions should be between 5-15 minutes in duration.

-       Works composed after 2014 are eligible.

-       Works integrating video are acceptable for any category.

-       Previously performed compositions are eligible.

-       Works of any style, aesthetic, and notation will be accepted.

-       There is no entry fee to submit a work for consideration.

-       Composers may provide their own performers or submit to one of the categories below.

-       Selected composers are expected to register and attend the entire festival.


The following submission categories are possible:


1.     Solo violin or violin and piano duo

                                    (guest violinist Sini Virtanen and pianist Eunmi Ko)


2.     Percussion Ensemble (maximum of 15 players) – McCormick Percussion Group

                                    (produced by Robert McCormick)


3.     Mezzo-soprano voice and piano – Songeaters

                                    (guest vocalist Thea Lobo and pianist Eunmi Ko)


4.     Solo saxophone (alto or soprano) with piano or fixed media accompaniment

                                    (guest saxophonist Doug O’Connor)


5.     Mixed Chamber ensemble works requiring 2-10 players.*

                                    (produced by the New-Music Consortium)


6.     Works for solo instrument or voice.

                                    (produced by the New-Music Consortium)


7.     Works for 1-5 performers with fixed or live electronics (1-5 channels).

                                    (produced by USF’s SYCOM)


8.     Works for electronic playback only (1-5 channels).

                                    (produced by USF’s SYCOM)


9.     Woodwind Quintet

                        (produced by USF woodwind quintet)


10.   Trumpet Ensemble (3-6 players; Bb, C, Eb Trumpets, Bb cornets, flugelhorns, and piccolo trumpets are available).

                                    (produced by Jay Coble, Professor of Trumpet)


11.   Trombone Ensemble (6 tenor, 2 bass – or subset)

                                    (produced by Tom Brantley, Professor of Trombone)


12.   Flute Ensemble (up to 20 players, no Contrabass Flute available)

                                    (produced by Francesca Arnone, Instructor of Flute)


13.   Clarinet Quartet/Choir (any combination of clarinets)

                                    (produced by Calvin Farwell , Instructor of Clarinet)



*Chamber Ensemble Instrumentation (category 5):  The instrumentation may be a subset of the following (if the NMC is to provide the performers):


(2) Flutes/Piccolos

(2) Oboe/English Horn

(2) Clarinets (Bb, Eb, or Bass Clarinet)

(2) Bassoon/Contrabassoon

(2) Saxes (Alto, Tenor, and Bari)

(2) Horn

(2) Trumpets

(2) Trombones

(1) Bass Trombone

(1) Tuba

(2) Percussion

(1) Piano

(2) Violins

(1) Viola

(1) Cello

(1) Double Bass
(1) Soprano Voice

(1) Mezzo Soprano Voice
(1) Tenor Voice

If the composer intends to supply his/her own performers, the composer must indicate so on the submission form. If this is the case, the composer may utilize any instrumentation and any amount of players. *

* If a composer would like to provide his/her own percussionist(s) but utilize the percussion instruments available at USF, please provide a clear list of required percussion instruments with the submission.

Composition Submission Guidelines:


- Submissions will only be accepted online. No hard copy submissions will be accepted.

- Submission Deadline: October 4, 2019

- Each composer may submit 1 work.

- Submissions should include links to a legible score (unless irrelevant) and recording.

- Recordings are encouraged but not required.

- Scores and recordings should be uploaded to an online file sharing service and remain available until November 18, 2019. The recording link can also be hosted on YouTube, SoundCloud, or a similar streaming service.

- Submissions should include brief program notes.

- Submissions should include a brief biography (100 words maximum).

- Submissions including electronics must include a complete list of technical needs (and if necessary, a routing diagram).




For additional information, please email Dr. Eunmi Ko:


Selected composers will be individually informed no later than November 18, 2019.

The festival registration fee of $60.00 is due by December 6, 2019.