CALL FOR SCORES | Compose yourself! Re-defining the Typical Composition Contest
With support from New Music USA, MPLS (imPulse) is pleased to announce a contest for original music. Three compositions will be selected for performance in upcoming concert cycles; chosen composers will each receive a $1000 award.
About the ensemble:
- Fully-paid, professional ensemble. 24 voices equally distributed among SATB
- Singers are flexible and versatile
Our vision as an ensemble seeks to redefine the typical choral experience in a changing world. We encourage composers to embrace this vision and use the competition as an opportunity to challenge his/her compositional voice.
- Composers must currently live or have lived in Minnesota
- Scores must be approximately 3 - 5 minutes in length
- SATB (opt. div), a cappella (opt percussion and/or obbligato instrument, if desired)
- Submissions must evoke the subject matter of the chosen concert cycle (see options and deadlines in the Concert Cycles section)
- Any text used must be public domain or, in the case of copyright, come with proof of permission for use.
- Composers may submit scores for one or more concert cycle.
Scores must be delivered via email in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Call for Scores.” MIDI recordings in MP3 format are welcome, but not required. Submissions will be received by an MPLS (imPulse) board member who will assign the score a number and remove composer identification for anonymous review by our Artistic Director. All questions regarding the contest are welcome.
The Neighborhood of Make Believe
Submission due – May 22, 2017
Award Date – May 30, 2017
Performance date – July 28, 2017
The Neighborhood of Make Believe is our first project performance with a direct community engagement focus in our home-base of Minneapolis. In The Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre is our collaborator for this project. Based in the Phillips Neighborhood in Minneapolis, HOTB is a fixture in the community, known widely for its annual May Day parade. Artist Bart Buch has collected audio interviews of members and helpers in the community. We are seeking new compositions that use or draw inspiration from the texts in these interview excerpts. More broadly, we are looking for submissions that celebrate the Phillips Neighborhood of Minneapolis and the people who live and work there. For more information about Phillips, please visit: http://www.pnn.org/
Permission to utilize text from the provided audio interviews is granted, should the composer decide to utilize them. We only ask that the composer provide proper attribution.
All audio files for this project can be found by clicking this link.
Gardens are Prolific
Submission due – August 21, 2017
Award Date – August 29, 2017
Performance date – October 21, 2017
MPLS (imPulse) will kick-off the beginning of its fourth season with a performance at the Stone’s Throw Urban Farm, a CSA based in the Twin Cities. Its greenhouse presents a variety of textual themes: the joy of gardening, growth, sustainability, fostering local community, health, bounty and harvest, greenery, the seasons, etc… Let your imagination run wild (or well cultivated, as the case may be).
Past Concert Cycles
imPulse Happy Hour: Tales from the Deep
Winner: Ian Cook - Out of the River of Tuoni
Premiere Dates - February 3 & 4, 2017
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