Call for Scores or Proposals: String Orchestra

Overview

In partnership with the New Score Chamber Orchestra, the Central Florida Composers Forum is looking for new works for string orchestra to perform during NSCO’s Summer 2017 season.

Specifications

Works must meet the following requirements:

  • Instrumentation:
    • string orchestra, approximate personnel (players): 2–2–2–2–1
  • Duration: under 15 minutes preferred (In the event that more proposals are submitted than can be programmed, please indicate whether individual movements may be performed independently.)
  • Submitted works may have been previously performed.

Eligibility

Any current member of the Central Florida Composers Forum is eligible to submit a proposal.

Deadlines

In order for NCSO to plan and publicize their 2017 season, it is important that we have some information about the pieces early on, even if that means describing a piece that has not be completed. Works that do not have either a score or a written description will not be considered. Submissions may be made to David MacDonald (davidjohnmacdonald@gmail.com).

  • 1 August – Proposal or Score/Recording:
    • Proposals for new works should include
      • title (possibly a working title)
      • instrumentation
      • duration
      • brief description of the piece (<100 words)
      • brief composer bio (<150 words)
    • Submissions for existing works should include all of the above, along with an indication that the work has been performed, and a score or recording if available.
  • 1 May – Performance materials due to NCSO
    • NCSO will schedule rehearsals and invite composers to participate in them.

Selection

The final program, presented in August 2017, can have a maximum of 60 minutes of music. This should allow the orchestra to devote an appropriate amount of preparation to each of the works. In the event that the proposed works exceed 60 minutes, some composers may be asked to abridge their proposals, excerpt movements from existing works, and it is possible that some proposals may simply not fit on the program at all. We will also consider the technical limitations of what works can be adequately prepared based on the NCSO rehearsal schedule. The performance date may be shifted slightly to account for other NCSO programming concerns.

Composers whose works and proposals are selected will be notified around 1 September 2016. Please email David MacDonald (davidjohnmacdonald@gmail.com) with any questions or concerns.

Call for Participation: Fourth Annual Composers Salon

Overview

Central Florida composers are invited to submit works for the 4th Annual Composers Salon concert held at the Orlando White House on Sunday, September 18th at 7:30PM. All styles of art music, acoustic and electronic, are welcome for consideration. The composers must provide their own performers. The concert will be presented to an audience of new music fans in Orlando and live-streamed on the Web. Participants will receive a complimentary audio and video recording.

Purpose

The annual salons are concerts that celebrate new music written by local composers in the central Florida area. They are an opportunity for composers to share new music with the central Florida community. The concerts are free (donations welcome) and all ears are welcome.

Eligibility

Members of CFCF will receive priority for programming. Membership details are here on the site. Email David MacDonald with membership questions.

Application Deadline

The deadline for submissions is Sunday, August 14th. Please email the following information to Eric Brook (ericjbrook@gmail.com):

  • Title
  • Duration
  • Instrumentation
  • Performer’s Names
  • Score/Audio Recording/Proposal

Selection Process

Approximately 60-75 minutes of music will be scheduled. In the event that more than 75 minutes of music is submitted, scheduling priority will be on a first come first served basis. CFCF would like to thank the Timucua Arts Foundation for administrative assistance and use of the concert space.

May 7: Marathon AMF at the White House

We’re very excited about this Accidental Music Festival event, which brings together eleven ensembles from throughout central Florida for an afternoon of performance and community.

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CF2 members Chris Belt, Benoit Glazer, Charles Griffin, David MacDonald, and Daniel Saylor will have works on the program, which includes performances from the Natalie Grata & Chris Erickson, Belt & Ramirez, Helena, New Score Chamber Orchestra, Glass Quartet, Lush Agave, Hippocrene Saxophone Ensemble, Luis Guerrero, UCF Collide Ensemble, and Ensemble AMF.

There is a $10 suggested donation.

More details from Accidental Music Festival.

Central Florida Saxophone Show on the Road

The fantastic Hippocrene Saxophone Ensemble performed three new works by CF2 members at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference at Texas Tech University, March 10-13, in Lubbock, Texas.

David MacDonald: Ungroup

Daniel Saylor: Waves to Oceans (Organic Suite Composition #1)

Benoit Glazer: Petite Fete de Sax

Thanks to George Weremchuk for organizing the ensemble. Special thanks to Carolyn Bryan and Jeffrey Loeffert for joining the group especially for these performances.

Hippocrene Saxophone Ensemble: 15 Feb. and 1 Mar.

Hippocrene Saxophone Ensemble

Central Florida Composers Forum presents the Hippocrene Saxophone Ensemble in two upcoming performances in the Orlando area:

  • Monday, February 15 at 7:00pm at the Gallery at Avalon Island
  • Tuesday, March 1 at 8:00pm at the UCF Rehearsal Hall Auditorium

The program features pieces by CF2 members and others, including three world premieres for saxophone octet.

We look forward to see you there!

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Video: Salon 2015

Thank you to everyone who joined us in person and online for this year’s Composers Salon! Below are videos of each piece on the program. If you like these pieces, let us know in the comments. Or better yet, tell your friends! Check back soon for information about future performances!

Benoit Glazer: Fanfare 15

Benoit Glazer, trumpet; Juan Berrios, horn; Joey Fascik, bass trombone

Daniel Saylor: Character No. 1 and Eventualities

Kelli Boquet, flute; Gregory Monroe, piano

Eric Brook: Six Sketches

Eric Brook, piano

David James Nielsen: Unfolding

David Nielsen, piano

Sun Mi Ro: Three Invocations

Nora Lee Garcia, flute

Thad Anderson: Within

Christian Martin, Chris Baird, Joe Jones, and John Gavin, percussion

Keith Lay: When Leaders Stop Listening

Benoit Glazer, trumpet; Juan Berrios, horn; Joey Fascik, bass trombone; Witek Biegaj, Pawel Biegaj, and Daniel Rawe, mimes

Art by Linda Saracino throughout the concert.

Composers Salon: 13 Sept 2015, 7:30pm

CF2 group photo: Fall 2014

The Central Florida Composer’s Forumis proud to host their 3rd annual Composer’s Salon on Sunday, September 13th 7:30 PM at the Orlando White House (2000 South Summerlin, Orlando, FL, 32806). Original compositions by central Florida composers will be featured. Composers include Thad Anderson, Eric Brook, Benoit Glazer, Keith Lay, Gregory Monroe, David Nielsen, Mark Piszczek, Sun Mi Ro, and Daniel Saylor. Doors open at 7, and that while the concert is free, donations are accepted.

UPDATE: If you can’t make it in person, join us on the live stream of the concert!

July 5: New Piano Music at the White House

piano-eventNew Piano Music by Central Florida Composers at the Timucua White House, presented by Central Florida Composers ForumFree admission, but donations are accepted, and guests are encourage to bring a bottle of wine or some tasty food to share.

2000 S Summerlin Ave,
Orlando, Florida 32806

Program:

Jeff M. Brown: 2 Preludes, Jeff Brown
Mark Piszczek: Down Range, Lynn Peghiny
Keith Lay: Joyful Play for Four Hands, Eda Shlyam and Rose S. Grace
Sun Mi Ro: Once Upon a Time, Ana Rosa Hernandez
Troy Gifford: Two Preludes: I. Into Light, II. In Darkness, David Yu
Ryan McQuinn: D’Passio’s, Ryan McQuinn
M. Shawn Hundley: A New American Ballad, Rose S. Grace

Jan. 25: Sacred Sounds at Cathedral Church of St. Luke

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The Central Florida Composers Forum and the Cathedral Church of St. Luke proudly announce Sacred Sounds, a collaborative concert of contemporary spiritual music. Under the direction of Benjamin Lane, spiritual and sacred music will be performed by the adult choirs of the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, along with their Orlando Deanery Boychoir, Girls’ Choir. Guest instrumentalists include cellist Shona McFadyen-Mungall and the Orlando Brass Quintet (Rick Ingoglia and Ken Cutler, trumpets; Michael Barr, French horn; Ben Kon trombone; and William Miller, Tuba). Admission is free.

This will be a fascinating, diverse, and emotionally moving program. Carl Maultsby’s “I Hear Music in the Air” for children’s choir and organ is based upon and evokes the rich history of U.S. slave spirituals, while Keith Lay’s “Wonderous Love” is a 20th century arrangement of the 19th century Southern folk hymn that expresses awe at the love of God.

Benjamin Lane’s epic and joyful “Te Deum” for choir, organ and brass quintet, Michael Miller and Benjamin Lane’s collaborative “Let the People Praise You” for choir, organ, and brass quintet, and Stan Cording’s celebratory “Praise Ye the Lord” for choir and organ all evoke the celebratory and triumphal side of much sacred music while Glenn Osbourne’s chromatic “God, Your Golden Doorway Beckons” for children’s choir and piano highlights a more reflective side of the sacred.

Charles Griffin has two works on the program, a gut-wrenching setting of Rainer Maria Rilke’s “Pieta” for solo mezzo soprano, cello and organ, and “Out of nothingness,” for choir, organ and percussion, which weaves together fragments of poetic texts by various Sufi mystics and evokes non-Western spiritual dance traditions that rely on trance states.

Benoit Glazer’s “Into the Light (Prelude and Fugue in C minor)” for trumpet and organ was written specifically for this concert and marries elements of the improvisatory spirit of Jazz with the rigor of baroque counterpoint as found in the work of the Baroque master of church music, J.S. Bach.

Always Park Free. You can now park anytime 24/7 in the Regions Tower Garage. Entering the up-ramp on Washington, receive an Entrance ticket. At the Cathedral, pick up an Exit ticket from an usher. Using the two tickets, exit the garage free of charge. And street meters are still free all day on Sundays.

For more information call or text 407.951.0550.