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Building community through choral music

Wicker Park Choral Singers is a Chicago-based all-volunteer choir dedicated to building community through choral music. 

call for scores 2018-2019 - Deadline December 17, 2018

Wicker Park Choral Singers is thrilled to announce its Winter 2018 Call for Scores! This particular call is for a piece to be performed as part of our April 2019 program Journey to Begin, a concert of contemporary music exploring the reasons why humans move about the planet, and the implications when they do.

THE MISSION of Wicker Park Choral Singers is to build community through choral music, and the performance and commissioning of new works has been a part of that mission from the start. Founded in 2008 by Artistic Director Mark Tomasino, WPCS recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and is always searching for new collaborations. Recent highlights include the 2017 premiere of Chicago composer Eric Malmquist's The Cosmic Process (on words by the Greek philosopher Empedocles) and the 2018 midwest premiere of Jake Runestad's Dreams of the Fallen in collaboration with Chicago Composers Orchestra. Our 10-Year Anniversary Reunion Concert, for which 25 alumni returned to sing with us, featured music by composers ranging from Byrd, Brahms, and Rachmaninoff to Whitacre, Schnittke, and Orbán.

THE DETAILS

Our Winter 2018 Call for Scores is open to works of 3-10 minutes for mixed choir composed within the last 5 years which deal with the theme of travel, broadly interpreted (for instance, pieces that deal with motivations for/consequences of travel are appropriate). It’s acceptable for the piece to have had a prior performance. Wicker Park Choral Singers is an ensemble of rigorously auditioned volunteer singers who are used to singing in a variety of languages (recently, this has included such languages as Finnish, Farsi, and Haitian Creole). Adjudication will be carried out by a panel of members using a blind evaluation process. There will be TWO winners chosen. Each winner will be awarded a prize of $250 USD, and will be strongly encouraged to attend the performances on April 12-13, 2019. We look forward to hearing your music!

Eligibility - Composers of any age and nationality are asked to select a single work (composed no earlier than 2013) for their submission which relates to the theme of travel and its effects. Works with several short movements that fit the time limit are also welcome. Submitted pieces should be scored for SATB (divisi and some solos are OK; we are used to performing music in 8 or even 16 parts) with text in any language. If the text is under copyright, a letter should be included indicating that the composer has been authorized to set the text, have the work performed in public, and have the text reproduced in a program. If the text is in the public domain and not well known, evidence of this fact should be included (e.g. the year of publication). Submitted works should be scored for mixed choir a capella or with only small percussion (which could easily be played by a chorister and not require a professional percussionist).

Anonymity - All submissions must be prepared so as to preserve the anonymity of the judging process. Submissions containing materials which reveal the identity of the composer other than as directed will not be considered.

File Formats. Acceptable file formats are:
        For the score: .pdf
        For (optional) audio recordings: .mp3
        All other materials: .doc, .docx, .txt, or .pdf
Please contact callforscores@wickerparksings.org if you need to submit in a format not listed above.

Submission Process
STEP ONE: Composers are asked to fill out and submit the submission form below.

STEP TWO: Please EMAIL the following materials to STEPHANIE@WICKERPARKSINGS.ORG with SUBJECT LINE: “WPCS CALL FOR SCORES”

  1. One (1) score. Please replace the composer's name in the top right corner of the first page of music with the same random string of characters or psuedonym you used in your submission form and remove/redact all other occurances. Scores should be engraved with notation software (e.g. Sibelius, Finale). The score must contain a piano reduction if some kind of recording is not included with your submission.

  2. For settings of non-public domain texts, a letter of authorization as described above.

  3. Optional: a recording of the piece. Live recordings are of course preferable, but a MIDI mockup (converted to mp3 please!) is also appreciated. Please make sure that the composer's name is not in the file name.

Deadline: December 17, 2018

Questions? Please address any questions to callforscores@wickerparksings.org. Note: Please do NOT send submission materials to this email address as the materials cannot be submitted using this method. When submitting inquiries, please be as generic as possible, and do not include the title of your piece (or other identifying information) in the query in order to preserve anonymity.