Deadline for submission: Extended to May 16, 2022

Decision announcement: June 1, 2022

Emory University and the Emory University Symphony Orchestra (Atlanta, Georgia, USA) are excited to announce a commissioning opportunity for Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) female-identifying composers.

The selected composer will receive 5000 USD to create a new work for symphony orchestra (that has not yet been performed or published) of not less than ten minutes in total duration. This amount includes both a 3500 USD commission fee as well as a 1500 USD to defray travel and related costs. The selected composer will be responsible for arranging their own travel for two (2) trips to Atlanta, Georgia, for workshops and the premiere.

A collaborative process is important for this project. The orchestra will be available to read short passages, excerpts, and provide recordings and feedback during the fall. The selected composer is encouraged to send draft material for this purpose before October 1.  The composer and conductor will devise a process-oriented timeline for the fall. 

The selected composer must commit to travel to Atlanta, Georgia, twice in 2023. First, for three consecutive days (TBD) to workshop the score in January/February 2023, and again in April  2023, for final rehearsals and the premiere.*

The selected composer must also submit initial score and parts no later than January 5, 2023, with revisions due by March 1, 2023.*

*All dates are subject to pandemic-related changes.

Apart from the commission fee and travel allowance, the selected composer will receive:

  • Two preliminary workshop rehearsals with a full, conducted symphony orchestra to facilitate revision
  • The opportunity to work directly with a conducted symphony orchestra in multiple rehearsals in preparation for the premiere
  • A premiere performance in Atlanta’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts for a live audience
  • A professional-quality recording (audio and video) of the premiere performance

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Any BIPOC female-identifying composer
  • Composers of any age and at any stage of their career, from student to professional, are all encouraged to apply
  • Scores will be judged, in part, relative to the career stage of the composer. Extensive experience writing for symphony orchestra is not required.

To apply, please submit the following items in a single folder by May 16, 2022:

1- Two to three (2-3) compositions for consideration. These compositions may be any genre or instrumentation – with at least one of these compositions employing traditional notation and a notated score (submitted as a .pdf file). Recordings of your compositions shared as URLs will also be accepted, but are not required.

2- A current CV.

3- We want to learn about what motivates you artistically. Please submit either a written statement (up to 500 words) or a video URL (not more than 5 minutes in duration) that describes your creative voice, discusses your work, your artistic goals, and what you would like to accomplish in this project.

Jury: Emory University faculty

Secure Submission Link

Please name your folder as: First_Last_Materials

Questions? Please contact: 

Dr. Paul Bhasin

Director of Orchestral Studies

Director of Undergraduate Research

Emory University Department of Music

+1 (404) 727-9451 

No application fee required.

Having received submissions from BIPOC female-identifying composers at various career stages from across the United States and abroad, we are pleased to announce the results of our 2021 Call for Compositions.

Selected Composer (2021-2022):

Brittany J. Green

Brittany J. Green is a North Carolina-based composer, creative, and educator. Described as “cinematic in the best sense” and “searing” (Chicago Classical Review), Green’s music works to facilitate collaborative, intimate musical spaces that ignite visceral responses. The intersections between sound, video, movement, and text serves as the focal point of these musical spaces, questioning and redefining the relationships between these three elements. Her music has been featured at concerts and festivals throughout the United States and Canada, including TIME:SPANS, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, and Boulanger Initiative’s WoCo Fest. Her music has been commissioned and performed by the JACK Quartet, International Contemporary Ensemble, Mind on Fire, and Transient Canvas. Green’s music has been awarded the ASCAP Morton Gould Award and New Music USA Creator Development Grant. Green holds degrees from UNC-Pembroke and East Carolina University. She is a Deans Graduate Ph.D Fellow at Duke University.