A New Endeavor and a Call for Scores

We’ve wrapped up our first month of classes here at CalArts, and though it’s been a tumultuous month of making friends and getting somewhat turned around and grading counterpoint homework, I’m finally somewhat settled in. Since school started, I’ve found a handful of people I’d take over the world with, and I’m excited to announce a few of us have formed Phantom Brass, a quartet dedicated to the pursuit and performance of new music.

As part of that mission, we’re excited to announce our inaugural call for scores. We hope to do this twice a year so we can feature as many new works as possible in our performances. If you’re interested in submitting (and you should be, since brass repertoire could always use new music), full details are below:

Newly formed chamber ensemble Phantom Brass is proud to present their inaugural call for scores. Formed by John Pisaro, Evan Wendell, Darren Dvoracek, and Eris DeJarnett, Phantom Brass is a year-round ensemble effort dedicated to the understanding and expansion of brass chamber music repertoire. We hope to cultivate a diverse collection of works by living composers.

Submissions should be composed within the last five years and written for two trumpets, trombone, and tuba (modified brass quartet) or any subset of these instruments. Trumpets available are B-flat, C, and flugelhorn; trombones available are tenor and alto. Works of multiple movements are welcome, but each work should not exceed ten minutes. There is no minimum duration. Limit one submission per composer. We welcome works from all composers regardless of age, gender identity, sexual orientation, or nationality.

To submit, please e-mail a PDF of your score and an audio rendering (MIDI mock-up is fine) to [Eris] DeJarnett at [deadname]dejarnett@alum.calarts.edu no later than November 15, 2017 at 11:59PM Pacific Standard Time. The subject line should include Fall Call for Scores and your name. In your email, please include your contact information, a brief bio, your website, and a performance history of the piece. Selected composers will be notified no later than January 1, 2018. Composers will receive a performance of their work and a recording of the live performance. Additional performances may occur but cannot be guaranteed at this time.

We look forward to hearing your submissions!