Call For Scores

Call for scores – Voces Inauditae, November 2018 concert

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Voces Inauditae is an Edinburgh based choir dedicated to the integration of lesser known composers into the world of choral music, with an emphasis on gender equality. We are looking for unaccompanied choral works for our November 2018 concert, preferably from composers who are based in Scotland or have previously studied or lived here. We particularly welcome submissions from any social groups who are currently under-represented in classical music. The deadline is 19th August 2018.

We are an amateur choir but with a high standard, and have performed several world premieres in the past. Usually at least half of each programme contains music by female composers. We work to include composers from traditionally marginalised social groups, as well as giving up-and-coming composers the chance to premiere their work (previously-performed works are also welcome).

There is no entry fee; composers whose works are selected will receive a free ticket to the concert in Edinburgh (if you are unable to attend in person we will manage something with Skype or similar), and we aim to give all selected composers a recording of their work.

We will make copies of the score for performance: all other copyright remains with the composer.

What are we looking for?

  • a cappella works for SATB choir (our usual maximum divisi is SSAATTBB) or any subset of SSAATTBB – pieces in unison, 2-3 parts, or upper/lower voices alone, would be fine too. Some solo passages can be included.

  • Preferred duration is 1-6 minutes; shorter or longer pieces will be considered, but probably nothing over 10 minutes as we want to have time to present a wide variety of works.

  • Vocal effects, speaking/whispering/shouting, spatial effects, and stamping etc. are possible; clapping and body percussion are tricky because we usually sing from scores.

  • Small handheld percussion for a few singers would be an option if it is essential to the piece.

  • Please use texts which are out of copyright, or for which you have obtained copyright clearance. The choir has performed in many languages in the past, but please provide a pronunciation guide if the piece is not in a common European language, English, or Latin.

We hope to have a variety of works in this concert, with a wide range of levels of difficulty. Send us the piece you like best, though beware of the “too complex” areas mentioned below:

  • simple – 4 or fewer parts, no accidentals, straightforward rhythms, comfortable ranges (soprano middle C to high G, alto low G to high D, tenor low Bb to high G, bass low F to high D), stepwise motion or small leaps, few discords, English or Latin text

  • complex but still within our capabilities – 7-8 parts, frequent accidentals or key changes (but still using mainly major and minor based harmonies), frequent tuplets or time signature changes, wide ranges (a tone or more beyond the ranges given above), leaps of up to an octave, some clashes between parts, clusters of major seconds, text in an unfamiliar language, unusual vocal effects

  • almost certainly too complex – more than 8 parts for sustained passages (though occasional chords or aleatoric divisi could be OK), extensive atonal writing, nested tuplets, wide leaps onto discords, clusters of semitones, extensive clashes between parts, extremely high or low notes (e.g. high C for sopranos or low C for basses), microtones, text in IPA

How do I send a piece in for this call?

Send a score to v.inauditae@gmail.com (no need to make it anonymous), with a recording if available (MIDI is fine – if your recording is over 1MB please send a link rather than attaching it to your email), and a piano reduction if possible. Include your contact details. Please state your gender and ethnicity if you are willing to do so, as we want to make sure that under-represented groups are heard more.

Only one piece per composer please. If you are finding it hard to choose between two pieces, send us the one that you like best, even it goes a little beyond the guidelines above.

Our deadline is August 19th 2018, and we hope to make a decision by early September. Short written feedback may be available depending on number of entries.

Concert date is still subject to confirmation but likely to be a Friday or Saturday in late November.

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