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Call for Scores – Fall 2019 Chamber Music @ AEIVA

  • Concert date: September 14, 2019, time TBD
  • Submission deadline: August 10, 2019
  • Concert location: Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts
  • Instrumentation: Any combination of string quartet, piano, mezzo-soprano, and soprano
  • Duration: No specific duration, though the concert will last one hour

Overview: BAMA is partnering with the UAB series “Chamber Music @ AEIVA” and the Alys Stephens Center’s “EMERGE Fest” to present a concert featuring “emerging artists” that connects chamber music with the art on display at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts.

Eligible composers: This call is open to students and composers in the early stages of their careers. Submitting composers (1) must be full-time students or (2) must have had no commercial recordings, publications of their works, or ticketed performance by an orchestra or other large ensemble.

Art exhibit: Compositions must relate in some way to one or more of the following exhibits: Mary Frances Whitfiled “Why?”; Quention Morris “Meditations on Black”; Christina West “Unscene”. See below for descriptions of each exhibit and visit https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8ppdxvu0vcrzy8a/AABk1e_NA5A4B8H2sFD8ITHda?dl=0 for visual examples. The West and Morris images aren’t necessarily what will be displayed, but they give a sense of the artists’ work. The Whitfield is what will be on display.

Submissions: Send a PDF of your score plus parts to or mail a hard copy to:

Laura Usiskin
950 13th Street South, HC 231
Birmingham, AL 35294

Recordings are welcome but not required.

Submissions must include the following information:

  • Composer
  • Title
  • Duration
  • Date of composition
  • Instrumentation
  • Brief description of how the piece relates to the art

Questions? Contact:

  • Chamber Music @ AEIVA: Laura Usiskin,
  • BAMA President: Chris Steele,

Exhibit descriptions:

Mary Frances Whitfield: Why?

https://www.uab.edu/news/arts/item/10218-why-by-alabama-artist-mary-frances-whitfield-presented-by-uab-s-aeiva-may-31-nov-23

Exhibition Description:  

Co-curated by AEIVA Curator John Fields and Dr. Brandon Wolfe, Assistant VP of Campus and Community Engagement in the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at UAB, Mary Frances Whitfield: Why? is a collaborative exhibition between UAB’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

This exhibition was developed in conjunction with the Jefferson County Memorial Project (JCMP), a grassroots coalition of community leaders working with the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) to retrieve Jefferson County’s memorial from the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. The mission of the JCMP is to bear witness to the country’s painful past and change the historical memory of Jefferson County to better include its history of racial terror and the legacies of racial injustice.

One of the most significant of Alabama’s ‘Outsider Artists’, Mary Frances Whitfield uses painting to create intimate windows into her cultural past. Inspired by the rich and illuminative ancestral history offered in the stories told by her grandmother, Whitfield’s paintings present an affecting portrayal of daily existence for African Americans living in the Southern United States during the 18th and 19thcentury.

WHY? presents paintings inspired by the artist’s first visit to the BCRI. These works graphically depict horrific racial terror lynching perpetrated against African Americans. This is the first time these works have been exhibited in Whitfield’s hometown of Birmingham, Alabama

Quentin Morris: Meditations on Black

Exhibition Description: Philadelphia-based artist Quentin Morris uses a variety of mediums to explore issues surrounding identity, race, spirituality, and cultural mythologies. What’s most interesting about this work is that for nearly 60 years, Morris has explored these themes through an astoundingly focused and prolific series of black monochrome paintings. These paintings are wonderfully subversive and deceptive in their depth. This will be Quentin Morris’ first major exhibition in the South.

Christina West: Unscene

Exhibition Description:

Christina West is an Associate Professor of Art at Georgia State University. West creates immersive sculptural installations that utilize figurative sculptures and the alteration of space to create psychologically charged environments. These installations explore notions of what the artist refers to as “individual subjectivity in our experience of reality, and the ways our physical encounters with spaces and with representations of bodies can affect perceptions of our own bodies.“


Call for Scores – 2019 DIY

Concert dates: October, 2019
Submission deadline: June 30, 2019
Venues: TBD
Instrumentation: Any
Duration: no maximum limit, although preference will be given to proposals under 10 minutes

Overview: There will be at least two nano-curated concerts during the 2019 Birmingham New Music Festival. If BAMA membership is current, propose (ordered by preference) up to 2 works that you will perform, sponsor, or otherwise oversee. Note that, even though a proposal may include more than one performer, the stipend for each proposal will be normal scale for a solo performance.

Send the following info to  with the subject “DIY Call – [your last name]”:

  • Submitting BAMA member
  • Composer, if different from submitter
  • Performer(s), or number of performers if not yet engaged
  • Title
  • Duration
  • Requirements (audio, AC power, etc.) — if amplified, indicate whether self-contained or need house system

Proposals may include any of the following:

  • solo or group improvisation
  • solo performance by the composer, with or without electronics
  • fixed media (including video)
  • guest artist sponsorship
  • proxies or additional performers


Call for Scores – Arias and Art Songs

Event: “Arias and Art Songs”
Event Date: November 12, 2019
Event Location: Reynolds-Kirschbaum Concert Hall, Alys Stephens Center, UAB

Deadline for Score Submissions: Friday, September 13, 2019**

**The deadline for submitting scores for our upcoming “Arias and Artsongs”
concert has been extended to Friday, September 13th. We have already received several works for soprano and baritone. If anyone has a work (or two) for mezzo-soprano, tenor, or bass, please feel free to submit it using the criteria posted on the original call below.

If you are a submitting BAMA member and not submitting a work of your own, consider sponsoring an emerging or mid-career composer whose work you admire. Women and minority composers are particularly encouraged. The process is the same as submissions from performer members.

Voice Type/Instrumentation: soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, and/or bass voice with or without piano. Works that feature electronics and/or other instruments besides piano cannot be considered at this time.

Duration: Preference will be given to works longer than 3 minutes and less than 10 minutes.

Requirements:  Alliance members in good standing are invited to submit two scores for the call; only one score per voice-type may be submitted (see details below).

Details:

Please submit 1-2 pieces for the above-listed voices with/without piano, in any combination.

Preference will be given to works longer than 3 minutes and less than 10 minutes; individual songs from longer collections or excerpts from operatic works will also be considered.

Members may submit two scores for consideration, however, only one score per voice-type may be submitted (for example, members can submit one score for soprano and piano, and another score for baritone and piano, but not two scores for soprano and piano). Combinations of the above-listed voice-types will also be considered (duets, etc.); submissions that include more than two voices per score will require the composer to reimburse the Alliance for the cost of additional performers.

The extended deadline for scores is: Friday, September 13, 2019.

How to submit:

All submissions should be sent via email to  with the subject heading “BAMA Arias and Art Songs Call – Your Name,” and should include an attachment or a link (Dropbox, Google Drive, WeTransfer, etc) with the following files:

  1.  A PDF of the score (PDFs can also be sent as an attachment);
  2. An audio recording, if available (MIDI realizations are acceptable);
  3. A PDF document listing the name of the composer, title of the piece, instrumentation, duration, short biographical statement, and program notes.

Failure to supply all required materials with submissions will result in the composition not being considered for programming.


BAMA Players – Spring 2019

Overview: The BAMA Players, along with a guest oboist, will present their spring concert.

Concert date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Submission deadline: Sunday, March 10, 2019

Concert location: TBD

Instrumentation: Any combination of flute, oboe, clarinet, 2 violins, viola, cello, piano

Duration: No maximum duration, though the concert will last approximately one hour

How to Subit: Send a PDF of your score plus any parts to Laura Usiskin (see below). Recordings are welcome but not required. Please include the following information with your submission:

  • Composer
  • Title
  • Duration
  • Date of composition
  • Instrumentation

Contact:

  • For questions about the musicians and programming, contact Laura Usiskin: 
  • For all other questions, contact Monroe Golden:

Click here to download this call as a PDF.


UAB Chamber Trio

Overview: BAMA will present a concert featuring the UAB Chamber Trio at UAB’s Hulsey Recital Hall. There will be two guest performers, but they are not included in the instrumentation for this call. You must be a current, submitting BAMA member for the 2018-2019 season to submit to this call.

Event Date: Sunday, April 7, 2019, 4:00pm
Submission deadline: Sunday, March 3, 2019 (completed scores required with submissions)
Event Venue: Hulsey Recital Hall at UAB
Instrumentation: Trios for one clarinet (Bb clarinet and bass clarinet will be available), one trumpet (Bb trumpet, piccolo trumpet, and flugelhorn will be available), one piano. No duets or solos. No electronics. Preference for traditional notation without extended techniques.
Duration: No specific maximum duration, though the concert will last one hour

How to Submit: Send a PDF of your score plus any parts to or hard copy to Chris Steele, 950 13th Street South, HC 231, Birmingham, AL 35294. Recordings are welcome but not required. Include the following information with submission:

  • Composer
  • Title
  • Duration
  • Date of composition
  • Instrumentation

Contact:

  • BAMA President: Chris Steele,

Chamber Music @ AEIVA – February 2019

Overview: BAMA is partnering for a fourth year with the UAB series “Chamber Music @ AEIVA” to present a concert that connects chamber music with the art on display at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. You must be a current, submitting BAMA member for the 2018-2019 season to submit to this call.

Event Date: February 21, 2019. 5:00pm reception, 5:30pm concert
Submission deadline: January 10, 2019 (completed scores required with submissions)
Event Venue: Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts
Instrumentation: Any combination of two violins, one viola, one cello, and one piano
Duration: No specific maximum duration, though the concert will last one hour

Art exhibit: Compositions must relate in some way to the art either in “Stitching History from the Holocaust” (http://stitchinghistory.org/) or the contemporary Spanish artist Irene Grau (http://www.irenegrau.com/ or view this PDF). However, submissions need not be newly composed for this exhibit, you may submit existing works as long as the composition relates in some way to the art.

How to Submit: Closed for submissions

Contact:

  • Chamber Music @ AEIVA: Laura Usiskin,
  • BAMA President: Chris Steele,

Click here to download a PDF version of this call.


New York Composers Circle

Deadline for Submissions: August 25, 2018
Deadline for Scores: TBD
Event Date: TBD
Event Venue: New York Composers Circle
Instruments: See details below

BAMA is planning an exchange program with the New York Composers Circle, to be implemented this year with two compositions from each organization.

BAMA members with current membership may submit one piece to be considered for performance during the NYCC 2018-2019 season. Of necessity, the deadline is short. By Saturday, August 25th, provide title, instrumentation, and precise duration. Links to score and recording are also accepted but not required at this time.

How to submit: Email to with subject “[your last name] – NYCC Call”

See instrumentation and concert info below from the NYCC program director. BAMA will likely select works for fixed media, solos, and/or small groups for the festival — thus similar forces are recommended for your submission.

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Here is an idea of our forces across the coming regular-concert season. I’ll fill in solid info where presently known. The dates should hold.

  • 11/13 – (Mixed, piano. Electronics possible.)
  • 1/15 – (String quartet and divisions, hand percussion)
  • 3/19 – (Mixed, piano. Electronics possible.)
  • 4/23 – (Wind quintet and divisions, plus one extra oboe (English horn may be possible here).)
  • 5/21 – (Mixed, piano. Electronics possible.)

Where I say “mixed,” these concerts between them would use the following instruments (impossible at this point to say which one to which dates):
fl, corA (ob), cl (b cl), bsn (possibly), vn (2 possibly), vla, vc, db, mezzo-sop. This in addition to piano and electronics.


BNMF 2018 – Call for Student Piano Pieces

Deadline for Submissions: Completed scores due by Monday, May 14, 2018
Event Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018 (2018 BNMF)
Event Venue: Alabama Piano Gallery
Instruments: Piano (for students of different levels)
Duration: Depends on Level

For the Birmingham New Music Festival 2018 we will continue our partnership with Birmingham Metro Music Forum through which BAMA composers will write new music for performance by Birmingham-area private piano students. The piano pieces from last year will be included in a folder with any new submissions from which piano teachers will be picking music to be performed.

PLEASE NOTE: Since we have a wide selection of music from last year, there is no need to pick a specific difficulty level to write for prior to submitting. However, submitting composers should be aware that there is a chance that not every submission (from this year, or prior year submissions) will have the ability to be performed by students. The piano teachers will be provided with a folder containing all submissions from which they will pick a composition at the appropriate level for their student(s).

To ensure that we write music of appropriate difficulty, the teachers of BMMF have also provided us with a guide to difficulty levels (click here to view “Examples of Piano Rep Levels”). Please make sure that your music is difficulty level is noted in the file name, as explained below.

How to Submit: PDF scores should be emailed to with “2018 BNMF-Piano Students” as the subject.  The PDF should be named “StudentLevel-Composer-Title.pdf”  For example, a composition written for a level 3 student should be “3-Moon-CompositionTitle.pdf.”  Submissions will be considered incomplete if they don’t include:

  • A PDF score
  • A level specification in the file name, as detailed above

BAMA members in current standing can submit up to 3 new pieces for piano students.


2018 BAMA Piano Call (General)

Deadline for Submissions: June 24, 2018
Deadline for Scores: June 24, 2018
Event Date: TBD, variable
Event Venue: TBD, variable
Instruments: Solo piano, or solo piano with electronics

Requirements:
Alliance members in good standing are invited to submit up to three works for various piano concerts to be held during the 2018-2019 season.

Details:
Affiliated pianists in different regions plan to perform separate concerts featuring Alliance composers, drawn from a pool of scores. Most details of concert production will be handled together by the performer and the venue, with some assistance by BAMA and programmed composers.

Please submit up to three works for solo piano, with or without electronics. Be advised that some pianists may only select acoustic pieces.

The deadline for submissions is June 24, 2018.

How to submit:
For each work, provide the following to with the subject heading “BAMA Piano Call – Your Name.”

  • Link to score(s) in PDF format
  • Link to PDF document containing name of composer, title(s), duration(s), short bio, and program notes.
  • Link to recording(s) or demo(s) (optional)

Links must remain active during the selection process. If reliable file sharing is not possible, scores and info documents, but not audio files, may be sent as attachments.


2018 BNMF – Hoover Library Plaza

Deadline for Submissions: August 11, 2018
Event Date: Friday, October 19, 2018, time TBD
Event Venue: Hoover Library Plaza (Upstairs space by the coffee shop/cafe)
Instruments: Chamber music, no piano, no electronics or amplification
Duration: 10 minutes or less

NOTE: This year, as part of the 2018 BNMF, we will present our Friday night community concert at the Hoover Public Library Plaza.  This space is in a public cafe area (with the possibility of a coffee machine occasionally grinding) so delicate compositions might not be best presented at this concert. Any submissions not selected for this specific event may be considered for programming on other BNMF concerts.

Requirements: Alliance members in good standing are invited to submit one piece to be performed at this concert. Because of the location, a piano is not available and submissions must not require electronics/amplification.

Works submitted must be 10 minutes or less in duration.

Composers are limited to one submission for this call.

How to submit: Submissions should be emailed to calls@artmusic.org with “2018 BNMF-Hoover” as the subject, and should include a link (Dropbox, Google Drive, WeTransfer, etc) to the following files:

  1. A PDF score, if necessary (PDF scores can also be sent as an attachment)
  2. An audio recording (MIDI realizations are acceptable)
  3. A PDF document listing the name of the composer, title of the piece, instrumentation, duration, short biographical statement, and program notes.

Selected composers will be notified in early September.

If the information above is not provided when submitted, upon notification of a work’s acceptance for performance, the composer must supply all pertinent performance materials including a full score and individual parts, a concise one-paragraph bio of the composer, and a concise one-paragraph program note about the work. Failure to supply these materials in a timely manner will result in the composition not being presented during the festival.