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4th Annual Composers Salon: 18 Sept, 7:30pm

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The Central Florida Composer’s Forum is proud to present their 4th annual Composer’s Salon Concert on Sunday, September 18th 2016, 7:30 pm at the Timucua white house (2000 S. Summerlin Ave. Orlando 32806). Seven local Central Florida composers: Eric Brook, Stan Cording, Paul Harlyn, Dr. Chan Ji Kim, Dr. Seunghee Lee, Sharon Omens, and Rebekah Todia, will feature original compositions including local and world premieres in a diverse array of musical stylings. Instrumentation includes, piano, violin, flute, saxophone, bassoon, bass guitar, percussion, and electronic music.

Salon concerts originated with princes and other royalty holding music concerts in their great rooms or “salons” in their palaces. This rich cultural tradition continues in modern day Orlando with benefactors Benoit Glazer and Élaine Corriveau graciously hosting the 4th Annual Composer’s Salon at their home, the Timucua white house. The concert is free and donations are welcome. You’re also encouraged to bring a bottle of wine or a snack to share. For more information, please visit

Call for Scores or Proposals: String Orchestra

UPDATE (Feb 2017): Due to organizational changes with NSCO, this concert will feature a different ensemble. We will still be co-presenting this concert on August 20, 2017. 


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.


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.


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


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 (

  • 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.


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 ( with any questions or concerns.

Call for Participation: Fourth Annual Composers Salon


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.


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.


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 (

  • 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!

RSVP to the Avalon Event on Facebook!

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


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