Call for Scores:

Songs of Quaran-Times

Eugene Opera announces a call for classical vocal scores culminating in digital online performances beginning in December 2020.

The competition is open to musicians in college and older. There is no upper age limit.

Composers are invited to submit short works or songs of up to 10 minutes in length. The following criteria must be met:

  • Scene or songs must be composed for no more than a maximum of 3 operatically trained singers; available voice types will be a soprano, mezzo, tenor, and baritone
  • Scenes or songs must be written in English
  • Accompaniment must be for piano
  • Theme should be relevant to current events: possible themes include challenges of quarantine, social distancing and relationships, COVID-19 response, medical heroism, intergenerational concerns, racial issues, poverty, policing, personal reflections. Works may reflect a range of styles musically and dramatically.
  • Any relevant copyrights for text or poetry must be secured by the composer in advance of production.

If the piece is in progress, composers may opt to instead submit 2 work samples of other vocal music, a compelling written proposal of the song or work that they'd like to write, and an excerpt of the music they envision (minimum 10 measures.) Preference will be given to completed works at the time of the submission deadline.

Scenes will be adjudicated by a panel of industry-expert judges on artistic merit, scoring for voice, and dramatic and communicative content.  Judges include Laura Kaminsky, John Glover and Damien Geter.

Works chosen for performance beginning in December 2020 will receive an online performance by professional musicians from Eugene Opera, as well as a $500 honorarium per piece. No additional fees will be covered by Eugene Opera.

How to apply:

  • 1. Fill out Google form below and include links to Google Drive or Dropbox with scores and resume
  • 2. Include 250-word biography in Google form                                 

DEADLINE: September 15, 2020