Call for Scores or Proposals: String Orchestra

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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.

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