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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.


2018 BNMF Electro-acoustic Concert

Deadline for Submissions: August 11, 2018
Event Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018, at 7:30 PM
Event Venue: Hulsey Recital Hall, UAB
Instruments: See 2 categories below
Duration: 10 minutes or less

NOTE: In an effort to have all BAMA submitting members programmed during the festival, any member who has not yet been programmed will receive priority over those who have already been programmed for other festival events. 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 in the following categories:

  1. Electronics. Two-channel audio recording alone, or with live processing
  2. Compositions performed by the composer, or by performer(s) provided by the composer, preferably with electronics.

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-EA” 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.


2018 BNMF BAMA Players Call

Deadline for Submissions: August 11, 2018
Event Date: Sunday, October 21, 2018, at 2:30 PM
Event Venue: Brock Hall, Samford University
Instruments: any combination of 1 flute, 1 Bb clarinet, string quartet, 1 piano, with the possible addition of other types of performers.
Duration: 10 minutes or less

NOTE: In an effort to have all BAMA submitting members programmed during the festival, any member who has not yet been programmed will receive priority over those who have already been programmed for other festival events. 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 for the following instruments in any combination:

  • 1 flute
  • 1 Bb clarinet
  • string quartet
  • 1 piano
  • *Works requiring an additional performer or performers not listed above will also be considered

Works 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-BAMA Players” 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.


Spring 2018 BAMA Players Concert

Deadline for Submissions: January 16, 2018
Deadline for Scores: January 16, 2018
Event Date: Tentatively, May 13, 2018
Event Venue: Tentatively, Samford University’s Brock Recital Hall
Instruments: any combination of 1 flute, 1 Bb clarinet, string quartet, 1 piano; works that require additional performer(s) will also be considered, and BAMA can assist in finding performers, if needed
Duration: Preference will be given to works of 10 minutes or less

NOTE: Submissions that were not selected for Birmingham New Music Festival 2017 will be considered for programming on this concert IF RESUBMITTED IN RESPONSE TO THIS CALL.

NOTE: A complete score must be submitted no later than the deadline of January 16, 2018, along with materials described below

Requirements: Alliance members in good standing are invited to submit one piece for the following instruments in any combination:

  • 1 flute
  • 1 Bb clarinet
  • string quartet
  • 1 piano
  • Please note: Works that require additional performer(s) (i.e. voice, horn, etc.) will also be considered, and BAMA can assist in finding performers, if needed

Composers are limited to two submissions for this call.

How to submit:

Please email and include a link (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.) to the following files:

  1. A PDF score (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 February.

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 concert.


2018 – Chamber Music @ AEIVA

Deadline for Submissions: January 15, 2018
Deadline for Scores: January 15, 2018
Event Date: February 22, 2018; 5:00 pm reception, 5:30 pm concert
Event Venue: UAB Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA)
Instruments: Any combination of percussion, violin, and flute (one person per part, see details below)
Duration: No specific maximum duration, though the concert will be one hour long.

Click here to download a PDF of this call for scores.

BAMA Call For Submissions – Chamber Music @ AEIVA

BAMA is partnering for a third time with the UAB series “Chamber Music @ AEIVA” to present a concert that connects music with the art of David Levinthal, which will be on display in the AEIVA galleries.

Concert date:  February 22, 2018. 5:00pm reception, 5:30pm concert
Submission deadline:  January 15, 2018
Location: Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts lobby
Instruments: Any combination of percussion, violin, and flute (one person per part). For percussion, limit compositions to the following list, and if you would like to include anything extra:

  • Marimba
  • Small tam tam/wind gong
  • 2 tom-toms
  • 1 pair bongos
  • Small, miscellaneous pieces: 1 sus cymbal, triangle, tinkly bells, finger cymbals, etc.

Duration: No specific maximum duration, though the concert will be one hour long.

Requirements: Compositions must relate in some way to the photography of David Levinthal. While the specific works on display have not been finalized, consider the following photos, all at davidlevinthal.com: Barbie, Passion, Mein Kampf, Baseball, Modern Romance.

How to submit: Send a PDF of your score and parts to or hard copy to:
Laura Usiskin
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
  • A brief description of why the piece relates to Levinthal’s work

Questions? Contact:

  • Chamber Music @ AEIVA; Laura Usiskin,
  • BAMA members; Mark Lackey,

The Alabama String Quartet Collection

Deadline for Submissions: June 30, 2017
Deadline for Scores, Bios, Notes, and Participation Fee: October 1, 2017
Event Date: NA – Recording project only.
Event Venue: NA – Recording project only.
Instruments: String Quartet only
Duration: 10 minutes or less

The Birmingham Art Music Alliance will partner with the Amernet Quartet to record string quartets by Alabama composers, for subsequent release as audio CD(s). This call is open to all current Submitting BAMA members.

  • By submitting work, you agree to contribute toward CD production costs, payable before recording begins. The target is $30/minute or less, not to exceed $40/minute. We will provide the exact rate following review of proposals in July. Except for extenuating circumstances (piece not recorded, CD release is canceled, etc), this fee is non-refundable.
  • Signed agreements with participating composers will be enacted before the CD is produced.
  • You may list up to two works for string quartet (no electronics or other instruments) in order of preference. Alternates will not be considered until all first submissions are vetted.
  • It is acceptable to submit proposed works with working titles. If estimating duration, please round up — you can provide precise timing with score.
  • Due date for scores, bios, notes, and participation fee is October 1, 2017. More detail will come, following review of submissions to this call.

How to submit: Call is no longer open for score submissions.


2017 BNMF BAMA Players Concert

Deadline for Submissions: August 14, 2017
Event Date: Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 2:30 PM
Event Venue: Brock Hall, Samford University
Instruments: any combination of 1 flute, 1 Bb clarinet, string quartet, 1 piano
Duration: 10 minutes or less

NOTE: In an effort to have all BAMA submitting members programmed during the festival, any member who has not yet been programmed will receive priority over those who have already been programmed for other festival events, such as the Miolina concert. Any submissions not selected for the BNMF will be considered for programming on subsequent concerts.

Requirements: Alliance members in good standing are invited to submit one piece for the following instruments in any combination:

  • 1 flute
  • 1 Bb clarinet
  • string quartet
  • 1 piano

Works must be 10 minutes or less in duration.

Composers are limited to one submission for this call.

How to submit: No longer open for submissions…  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.


2017 BNMF Electro-acoustic Concert

Deadline for Submissions: August 14, 2017
Event Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017, at 7:30 PM
Event Venue: Hulsey Recital Hall, UAB
Instruments: See 2 categories below
Duration: 10 minutes or less

NOTE: In an effort to have all BAMA submitting members programmed during the festival, any member who has not yet been programmed will receive priority over those who have already been programmed for other festival events, such as the Miolina concert. Any submissions not selected for the BNMF will be considered for programming on subsequent concerts.

Requirements: Alliance members in good standing are invited to submit one piece in the following categories:

  1. Electronics. Two-channel audio recording alone, or with live processing
  2. Compositions performed by the composer, or by performer(s) provided by the composer, preferably with electronics.

Works submitted must be 10 minutes or less in duration.

Composers are limited to one submission for this call.

How to submit: No longer open for submissions …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, short performer biography (for Cat. No. 2), 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.